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My friend told me to choose a restaurant for my birthday dinner in December. It is a traditional event with our close friends to get together and have dinner for each of birthday now. I didn’t have any particular restaurants in my mind, so I started to search for an interesting place. One of us can’t eat seafood that sometimes makes me difficult to select a place. I chose a few and asked her to choose one.

We chose The Oakwood Canadian Bistro. It is in Kitsilano, close to Macdonald and 4th Avenue. They serve Canadian comfort food. I didn’t realize until we arrived there and saw the menu that their menu was meant for sharing. Oh, no!

Anyways, we discussed and managed what to order.

A glass of White Wine, Blue Mountain Chardonnay

A glass of White Wine, Blue Mountain Chardonnay at The Oakwood Canadian Bistro in Vancouver

A glass of White Wine, Kettle Valley Pinot Gris

A glass of White Wine, Kettle Valley Pinot Gris at The Oakwood Canadian Bistro in Vancouver

Tea

Tea at The Oakwood Canadian Bistro in Vancouver

The boys ordered one meal each, as one can’t eat seafood and it was difficult to share, and Collin was sick a bit so that he refused to share.

House Tagliatelle
(Zucchini, Spinach, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Parmigiano)

House Tagliatelle at The Oakwood Canadian Bistro in Vancouver

Burger
(Smoked Cheddar, Relish, Buttermilk Onions, Alfalfa Sprouts)

Burger at The Oakwood Canadian Bistro in Vancouver

The girls shared these four dishes. The boys had some bites after all. 🙂

Warm Kale Salad
(Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, Buttermilk Onions)

Warm Kale Salad at The Oakwood Canadian Bistro in Vancouver

Oh, we loved this salad. I would repeat this. The plate was bigger than I thought.

Fried Octopus
(Bacon Aioli, Pickled Shallots, Komatsuna)

Fried Octopus at The Oakwood Canadian Bistro in Vancouver

This was good, too. The octopus was tender. Komatsuna is a Japanese mustard spinach.

Frying Porks
(Maple Mustard)

Frying Porks at The Oakwood Canadian Bistro in Vancouver

This was meatballs on the skewer. We liked them, especially boys wanted to order one more.

Halibut Cheeks
(Bacon Lardon, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Lentils, Kale, Crackling)

Halibut Cheeks at The Oakwood Canadian Bistro in Vancouver

Personally, I liked this dish. Well, halibut cheeks are a precious part of the fish to eat, and it always tasted good. It was a perfect balance with all ingredients.

Overall, the food was pretty good. The server had no smile at all, until he served my birthday cake. For my birthday, my friend made it for me! It was so nice of her. This is one of my favorite, raw cheesecake (non-baked). She secretly asked Collin what kind of cheesecake I liked, and he requested the raw. 🙂

Raw Cheesecake Raw Cheesecake

And, this is the exterior of the restaurant.

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro in Vancouver

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

Address: 2741 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(east from Macdonald street)
TEL: 604-558-1965
Facebook: page (Login required to access)
Twitter: @theoakwoodkits
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Breakfast/Brunch/Dinner
[Tue – Fri] 17:00 – 1:00
[Sat – Sun] 10:00 – 14:45, 17:00 – 1:00
*Closed: Mondays

Menu

Wine Menu at The Oakwood Canadian Bistro in Vancouver Menu at The Oakwood Canadian Bistro in Vancouver Menu at The Oakwood Canadian Bistro in Vancouver

Price Note
– A glass of White Wine, Blue Mountain Chardonnay 2011 $11.00
– A glass of White Wine, Kettle Valley Pinot Gris 2011 $9.00
– Tea Unknown
– House Tagliatelle $18.00
– Burger $15.00
– Warm Kale Salad $14.00
– Fried Octopus $10.00
– Frying Porks $7.00
– Halibut Cheeks $22.00

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In late August, I went hiking with my friends and their friend family. There were kids and a dog coming with us, so it was a short relaxing hiking. After we said good-bye to the family, we came back to downtown Vancouver.

We sought a restaurant for brunch or lunch in the Yaletown area, and they had an idea. It was Romer’s Burger Bar. When I got there, I realized the place was used to be Section (3), where Collin and I went having Groupon.

We ordered from their lunch menu.

My choice, The Hali
(BC Halibut, R special lemon ale batter, Cilantro Dill Slaw, Spicy Pickle Tartar, Red Pepper Salsa)

The Hali at Romer's Burger Bar on Mainland in Vancouver

The halibut was slightly overcooked, but the taste was good.

So Cal Free-Range Turkey Burger
(Fresh Avocado, Soleggiatti Tomatoes, Red Onion, Organic Watercress, Chipotle Aioli)

So Cal Free-Range Turkey Burger at Romer's Burger Bar on Mainland in Vancouver

The Standard with Veggie Patty
(Vine-ripened Tomato, Crisp Iceberg, Sweet Onions, Pickles, R sauce)

The Standard with Veggie Patty at Romer's Burger Bar on Mainland in Vancouver

Side Fries to Share

Side Fries to Share at Romer's Burger Bar on Mainland in Vancouver

Is it ordinary that fries or salad doesn’t come with burger? Well, my burger had a volume, but it is still nice to have them to refresh mouth with those.

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

Note that this menu description and pricing are as of August, and the current one is slightly different.

Romer’s Burger Bar

Address: 1039 Mainland Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Close to Nelson street)
TEL: 604-559-7210
Facebook: page
Twitter: @romersburger
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Brunch/Dinner
[Mon – Fri] 11:00 – 1:00
[Sat – Sun, Holidays] 10:00 – 1:00

Price Note
– The Hali $13.75
– So Cal Free-Range Turkey Burger $10.25
– The Standard with Veggie Patty $9.25
– Adding Fries to Share $4.50

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In the middle of July, I went hiking with my friends. A few weeks back, the snow still remained on the trailhead where we planned, and we changed to the lower location to hike. We re-visited the trail this time if the snow was gone. And, it was!

After we hiked for a couple of hours, we went to downtown Vancouver to have brunch. I relied on my friends where to go. The place we headed was Subeez Cafe Restaurant Bar. It is closer to Yaletown.

We ordered from their brunch menu.

Sockeye Salmon Baguette
(Arugula, Pickled Onion, with Citrus Mayonnaise)

Sockeye Salmon Baguette at Subeez in Vancouver

Garden Vegetable Burger
(Vegetable and Brown Rice Patty, Arugula, Roasted Tomato, Pea Shoots, Cucumber with Chipotle Hummus and Garlic Mayonnaise)

Garden Vegetable Burger at Subeez in Vancouver

My choice, Eggs Benjamin
(Poached eggs, Smoked Salmon and Hollandaise on an English muffin, Hash Browns and West Coast Greens)

Eggs Benjamin at Subeez in Vancouver

On that day, I didn’t feel like eating sandwiches, so I chose egg benny with smoked salmon. I always think that you can’t expect egg benny to be best in town rather than whether poached egg is cooked perfectly and Hollandaise sauce is nicely done or not, can you? I’m dreaming to eat the best egg benny in Canada one day. 🙂

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

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Subeez Cafe Restaurant Bar

Address: 891 Homer Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(At the corner of Smithe street)
TEL: 604-687-6107
Facebook: page
Twitter: @subeezcrb
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservations?

Breakfast/Lunch/Brunch/Dinner
[Mon – Wed] 10:00 – 0:00
[Thu] 10:00 – 1:00
[Fri] 10:00 – 2:00
[Sat] 9:00 – 2:00
[Sun] 9:00 – 0:00

Brunch Menu

Brunch Menu at Subeez in Vancouver

Price Note
– Sockeye Salmon Baguette $14.00
– Garden Vegetable Burger $12.00
– Eggs Benjamin $13.00

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