The Oakwood Bistro

Date Visited: October 30 2014
Address: 2741 West 4th Avenue Vancouver, BC
Website: http://www.theoakwood.ca/
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:
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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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