1460 Trans Canada Hwy. NE
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N1
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"...culinary jewel of western Canada..."
We took a two-week road trip at the end of June 2008 through the mountains, glaciers and lakes of the Northern Cascades of Washington state and Canadian Rockies surrounding Banff and Lake Louise. However, among its high points was a meal at an astonishing year-old restaurant named Table 24 in the little British Columbia town of Salmon Arm. If you are ever within its range on a drive, train trip or flight, take the opportunity to enjoy the hospitality and extraordinary offerings of Lenny and Gina Wells and their talented young staff.
From the moment my wife and I walked into the striking surroundings in an old courthouse and were warmly greeted by Gina, we had a visual and gastronomical treat that equaled many of those I have had at Gourmet magazine’s top 100.
The preparation and presentation began with a little surprise hors d'oeurve of their version of tabbouleh (couscous, cucumber, chickpeas, tomato, Italian parsley, scallions, and fresh lemon dressing) and salads (with herbs from their own garden and selected locally-grown greens). They went on through the entrées (unexcelled grilled wild fresh British Columbia Pacific salmon with a maple butter glaze, carrot oil and a lemon basil coulis and a pan-seared duck breast with an orange glace and blackberry coulis), both accompanied by a superbly prepared wide range of local vegetables (asparagus, grilled tomatoes, small potatoes, squash, carrots and rutabaga) that rival Chino’s of Rancho Santa Fe. It was an enormously pleasing and satisfying meal, wholly unexpected.
We barely resisted the overpowering temptations of desserts such as house-churned ice creams, cream brûlée or a flourless fudge brownie, but the Wells’ topped off the evening with a dark chocolate surprise and excellent coffee.
The service as pleasant, attentive and prompt, and both Gina and Lenny made appearances at our table, which was in the old Sheriff’s office in that former courthouse. We wish we could have been jailed there for a few days to get more of those meals. Their seven years of planning and effort to get established among the locals is very evident. Table 24 deserves to be patronized by travelers along the Trans Canada highway to help assure that this culinary jewel of western Canada becomes a part of the food crown of North America.
Jim & Carol McCall
~ Solana Beach, CA