The Oakwood Bistro

Date Visited: October 30 2014
Address: 2741 West 4th Avenue Vancouver, BC
Type of Restaurant: Canadian, craft beers, bistro, French, Burgers, Brunch
Price Range: $$$
Ambiance (out of five)/Setting/Design/service:
4/5 – very relaxed and comfortable, the service was kind and the design of the restaurant is very earthy yet with some modern tones
Recommended: Duck Breast, poutine
Overall: 7.5/10
(1-4: will never come back, 5: pass (I’m okay with a tinier morsel), 6: acceptable, 7: okay, 8: good, 9: Wow! Please enlarge my morsel. 10: Perfection. I could eat a morsel of this every day!)
Will come back? Maybe for dine out
What I ate:
Seared albacore tuna, ponzu cucumber, nori aioli, sesame snow
  • 7/10
  • The cucumber and nori aioli created some contrasting flavours
  • The sesame snow tasted like powdered sugar
  • The tuna itself was okay not outstanding
Warm kale salad, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, buttermilk onions, lemon parm
  • 8/10
  • The Brussel sprouts were nice and crispy which made me wanted to eat more
  • The dressing was tangy giving the whole dish a sweet and sour element
  • The buttermilk onions added an extra crunch to the salad
Rigatoni, sorrel pesto, mushrooms, confit leeks, crème fraiche, pangratatto
  • 6.5/10
  • Portion was too small
  • It overall note of this dish was sourness
  • the pasta itself was over cooked
  • but the pesto did add a nice smoothness to the dish and the deep fried bits on top were nice added an addition to the textures
All Canadian poutine, brisket, fries, curds gravy
  • 8/10
  • The amount of brisket in this was A LOT to the point where there wasn’t enough fries for the amount of brisket
  • The fries weren’t fried to a crispy perfection but instead were soft on the inside and out
  • The gravy lacked flavour and smokiness
  • There was however a good amount of cheese to create that stringy cheese affect which is always a good thing
  • Just wishes there was more fries to go with the over salted brisket because the brisket by itself was too salty (when paired with fries it was just right)
Roast Duck Breast, sunchoke agnolotti, caramelized pear, chestnut cream
  • 8.5/10
  • Highlight of the night
  • The roasted duck breast was tender but not to the part where you could pull it apart – the texture of the duck was perfection
  • The duck breast only had the bare minimum of seasoning which was perfect for highlighting the dish but I wish the outside of the duck was crispier to really give it a nice crunch
  • The caramelized pear added a nice sweetness to the dish but the chestnut cream wasn’t an important aspect
  • The sunchoke agnolotti’s were interesting – the agnolotti itself wasn’t very pretty but the sunchoke paste on the side was sweet and savoury
Mussels, tomato, coconut broth, house baguette, cilantro
  • 7/10
  • The mussels were definitely over cooked, they had shrunk so much and tasted elastic-ky
  • The broth was nothing special – could really only taste coconut and tomato and maybe a hint of lemon grass
  • But the house baguette was very good – came nice and warm from the grill
Things to Improve on: Portions and the degree to which mussels and pasta are cooked
Summary: The flavours of the dishes are a hit and miss. The prices have gone up in the past year and the portions are small.
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