To kick off a night of good eating and of course drinking of my Kelowna trip we hit up the city hot spot Micro Bar and Bites for some liquid chef magic. Living up to it’s name, this 900 square food bar puts out fantastic cocktails and specialize in barrel aged bourbon bevies. Co-owner Rod Butters jokes that the space is so small that “we don’t even capitalize the ‘m’ of micro!” Walking into the bar you really get the feeling that the community has embraced the space with the bar being packed with locals kicking off their evening.
Food wise Micro focuses on using local ingredients and they keep the menu fresh with it changing monthly. We all had a quick bite before our dinner reservation. We enjoyed 2 different bites-shrimp with a homemade cocktail sauce and a green garbanzo bean guacamole with endive spears. The shrimp was cooked perfectly and the cocktail sauce had a nice balance of flavours-a classic combination for sure. The green garbanzo has quickly become one of my favorite new produce items with more and more chefs using them in dishes. This is the 1st time I’ve had it used instead of avocado for a guacamole, I think it was a genius idea and I’m going to totally make this at home! Texture wise it was silky smooth with a few beans left semi whole to add some texture, flavour wise the seasoning was like any other guacamole. My favorite of the 2 different bites we enjoyed was the green garbanzo guacamole hands down, it was delicious as well as healthy!
At the time of our visit rhubarb just came into season so when I saw it on the menu in the form of a cocktail I knew I had to give it a try. The Rhubarb Collins was just what I like in a cocktail, it was a great balance of slightly sweet and sour with just enough gin!
The drinks and eats at Micro Bar and Bites hit the spot and were a perfect way to start the evening off, the use of local ingredients and inventive cocktails really put a smile on my face. If you’re looking for more information about Micro Bar and Bites and current menu items please click here.
**Disclosure-I was a guest of Tourism Kelowna and my transportation, accommodation and all meals were taken care of. I am not receiving any compensation for writing about my experiences and all opinions are 100% my own. Tourism Kelowna or the businesses mentioned have not reviewed this post before publication.**