Wood Fire Bakery (Kelowna) – Delicious sandwiches!
On a road trip to Kelowna, I passed by this little bakery and decided to give it a try. We were welcomed into the store by a mannequin baker that kids probably love but I kind of felt uncomfortable with. There was some unique European paraphenelia, including a horn, some pictures of the Alps, and some beer mugs etc. The design of the exterior allowed for a sheltered patio so people could sit outside with their meals (as we did).
The food was served in a cafeteria style manner. Immediately, this was a bit of a turn off. However, the actual food inside the heated trays looked fantastic. It looked fresh, juicy, and quite appetizing.
It was the service that stood out. As we approached the food server, we mentioned that we had never been there before as we were from out of town. He immediately guided us through the process, how to order the dishes, what his recommendations were, what he liked. The best part was when he asked me: “Are you hungry sir?” “Yea….” “Well I’ll just give you some extra meat here.” I don’t care if he gave me more meat. It was the gesture.
The food was delicious. I had the chef’s recommendation: chicken with mustard cream sauce on one bagel and Montreal smoked meat on the other side of the bagel. You put the two halves together and eat it as a beautiful mixture. It was quite tasty and not a bad deal at $7.85. I also sampled a bratwurst placed on a bagel with garlic spread and a big wallop of sauerkraut. The sauerkraut was not as flavourful as I expected but it was still quite delicious.
Chicken with mustard cream sauce on one bagel and Montreal smoked meat on the other side of the bagel!
Chicken Caesar Salad Sandwich.
Bratwurst, mustard, and sauerkraut.
Updated (May 2008 )
I came back to Wood Fire Bakery after a 2 year hiatus. I was excited to try it all again especially given the glowing review I gave it above.
Here is the strange figure that greets you. Charming? I am not sure…
The service remains excellent. Very helpful and knowledgeable. I love the atmosphere too. Eating outside on a hot Kelowna day can’t be beat. But I am not as sure about the food anymore.
Here is some pork knuckle, sauerkraut, and a bun. As you can see, the portions remain huge. It was more sauerkraut than I could handle. It wasn’t particularly fragrant either. It was a great filler but I’ve had better kraut. The pork knuckle was pretty salty and fairly fatty. Overall, a somewhat unremarkable dish. My buddies had the bratwurst that they had from last year. The flavour of the wurst was somewhat lacking and once again, the kraut could’ve been more flavourful.
I’ll give Wood Fire Bakery another try when I am out in Kelowna again. The service and atmosphere are both fantastic. But as it stands, I am not as enthusiastic about my recommendation as I was previously.
Addendum September 2010 –
Went with J’s brother, J, and his GF (guardian force) to Kelowna for a dragon boat competition. I insisted that while J’s bro was rowing we had to go to Wood Fire Bakery. Armed with only the memory that it was on the east side of Highway 97 and it was attached to a big church, we found it with ease!
This is half Chicken and half Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich. I can’t believe this is only $9. The bread was soft and soaked up the sauce nicely. The mustard on the Montreal Smoked Meat really mixed well with the creamy saltiness of the chicken. This was impossible to eat as a true sandwich so we had to use our knives and forks.
This was the Quiche. A nice warm crust that was crispy/crumbly. The cheese was nicely caramelized and the egg nice and moist. The portion size was big too! It was a good quiche but compared to the sandwiches, it really paled in comparison.
This was the Chicken Cordon Bleu Sub for $9. It was incredibly large. The bread was soft but crispy. The ham was crispy from being baked but it wasn’t dry. The swiss was so velvety and smooth, especially after being melted. And most of all: there were three tender chicken breasts on this sandwich. It was simply amazing. I will keep coming to Wood Fire Bakery every time I am in Kelowna because of sandwiches like these!
Warning: this always happens to me… but I love sandwiches and the sort for Sunday brunch. This place is NOT open on Sunday!
Price: ~$10 per item.
Wood Fire Bakery, 2041 Harvey Ave, Kelowna, BC, 250-762-2626, no website available.