Mystery Diner: You had me at bacon-wrapped!

As always, the staff makes everyone feel welcome. You have to check this place out, for sure.

Welcome to From Scratch — A Mountain Bistro. It’s a wonderful spot for food lovers offering delicious, fresh and seasonal food. You can dine in, take out or purchase products including made-in-house meals, condiments and baked goods. It’s a unique, industrial-chic kind of place with an open production kitchen, a bistro and a retail area… it’s pretty cool! There’s also an outdoor patio to enjoy beautiful views of the Purcell Mountains.

This restaurant is first class — the food is delicious! Fresh, local, seasonal with some organic ingredients, everything tastes like it’s made from scratch and is oh-so-good. We’ve been to this fabulous spot many times over the past couple of years and today we get to write about our experience. Let’s start with… we love to eat here!

We’ve tried many things on the menu. We’ve brought friends and family here to indulge in the Eggs Benedict. Mmmmm, Bacon Benny. Of course, the Tomato and Brie is equally as good, and so is the Smoked Salmon. Try them; you’ll be glad you did! Nice to know that gluten-free options are available too. And on the sweeter side of things, Banana Bread French Toast. OMG! Does it get any better?

Okay, let’s talk about the wood-fired pizza! Pizza is our BFF. Our fav? The bacon, roast tomato and smoked cheddar. Bacon… are you detecting a theme? The crust is thin and crispy with a hint of char from the oven. The sauce-to-topping ratio is perfect.

Appetizers next. We’ve had the Charcuterie and Cheese Plate to share with friends. The presentation of cheese and meats is beautiful with a good variety offered. It’s a huge portion and it all tastes fabulous. With a glass of wine, it’s all you really need. We’ve also tried the Sausage Bites which are the chef’s selection of local sausages roasted, sliced and served with their very own mustard. Again, yum! Other stellar menu items include the wood-oven roasted Chicken Dinner, Mac and Cheese, and the Pulled Pork sandwich.

Tonight, we tried the special — Risotto with Chorizo and Fennel topped with Arugula — and a regular menu item, the Thai Prawn Curry. The verdict? Risotto is one of those dishes that should be simple and delicious, but is actually very easy to get wrong. There was nothing wrong with this dish. Rich and creamy, the chorizo offered a subtle spiciness and the sun-dried tomatoes added the perfect touch. The arugula topping added a unique taste and presentation.

One of Thailand’s signature dishes, the Thai Prawn Curry (with seasonal wood oven roasted vegetables) is prepared in a medium hot Thai green curry sauce and served on basmati rice. It’s the right amount of heat and delicious. There was nothing left. We paired our spicy dinners with a nice bottle of Monster Vineyard Riesling. Very fresh and appley, it was an excellent choice.

Desserts are homemade and displayed in a glass case to tempt us. Flourless raspberry brownies and assorted cookies have been tasted and we can tell you, they’re worth every calorie.

As always, the staff makes everyone feel welcome. It’s nice to be remembered from past visits! Even though it was super busy, the food came quickly and was hot and tasty.  You have to check this place out, for sure.

From Scratch — A Mountain Kitchen is located in Unit 8 at 5019 Fairmont Resort Road in Fairmont Hot Springs. Call them at 250-345-0008 or visit their website at

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