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On the New Year’s Eve, there was no plan for me after work. Collin had to work until late night, so we made a plan to meet up. I picked him up, and we went to Gastown. We walked towards east and looked for a place to have some food and drink.

Luckily, The Flying Pig had some seat available at the bar counter. There were tons of people, wearing hat or dressing up, and it was quite noisy. TV was showing different places for New Year’s celebration.

We ordered some snack from their dinner menu, as he said he was starving.

A Glass of Prosecco

A Glass of Prosecco at The Flying Pig in Gastown

He ordered it for me, as it was New Year’s Eve to celebrate. πŸ™‚

Double Beefeater

Double Beefeater at The Flying Pig in Gastown

I couldn’t remember what Beefeater was, so I searched and knew it was Gin. He really likes Gin! Whenever I try, I don’t know the taste.

Bone Marrow Cheezy BreadΒ 

Bone Marrow Cheezy Bread at The Flying Pig in Gastown

I already had dinner earlier, so I didn’t even try this. As he likes bone marrow and also cheese, this made him happy. πŸ˜€

Seared Chili-Rubbed Skirt Steak
(Matchstick Potatoes)

Seared Chili-Rubbed Skirt Steak at The Flying Pig in Gastown

I tried this skirt steak. It was good. Yet, the steak portion was small, although there were lots of potatoes.

We ordered one more thing, but it didn’t come. When we asked the bill, it was included, so we told them about it and asked to remove. It was understandable, as the restaurant was filled by lots of people for the New Year’s count down, but it would be nice if we could have tried the dish.

Anyways, it was fun to count down with all strangers in the restaurant, while TV was counting down, and to watch people screaming, blowing horn, hugging, etc. when it turned to the New Year.

Here is a night view at Gastown on New Year’s Eve.

Gastown on New Year's Eve

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The Flying Pig

Address: 102 Water Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(At the corner of Abbott Street)
TEL: 604-559-7968
Facebook: page
Twitter: @FlyingPigVan
Urbanspoon: page
*Reservation accepted only for lunch and brunch.

Lunch/Brunch/Dinner
[Mon – Fri] 11:00 – 0:00
[Sat – Sun] 10:30 – 14:30, 15:30 – 0:00

Menu

Dinner Menu at The Flying Pig in Gastown Dinner Menu at The Flying Pig in Gastown

Price Note
– A Glass of Prosecco$8.00
– Double Beefeater $9.00
– Bone Marrow Cheezy Bread $5.00
– Seared Chili-Rubbed Skirt Steak $9.00

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Just before the Christmas time last year, I got contacted by my friend whom I went to the same school with. I hadn’t seen her for a year, so yes, I was definitely looking forward seeing her. She also invited our common friend. I didn’t even remember when was the last time I saw the friend.

We got together at a cafe in downtown Vancouver first, because one other friend joined us. After he left, three of us decided to have dinner. As my friend needed to go to Metrotown for errands, we headed to Burnaby. The shopping at mall in the Christmas time was crazy, but finding a parking spot was crazier! Anyways, by the time when we finished the errands, it was getting late. We didn’t know where to go for dinner, so I took them to Pearl House, a Taiwanese restaurant.

We ordered from their menu to share. My friends didn’t know what to order except beef noodles, so I suggested the dishes from my previous visit. Unfortunately, beef sirloin was sold out…

Beef Tendon with Noodle in Soup

Beef Tendon with Noodle in Soup at Pearl House in Burnaby

Instead of beef sirloin, we took advice from the server and ordered beef tendon one. Well, none of us liked the tendon. Nothing wrong. We were just not familiar with the texture. It was probably my first try, and now I know I wouldn’t order the tendon next time anywhere. πŸ˜€

Shredded Chicken with Green Onion & Ginger Sauce

Shredded Chicken with Green Onion & Ginger Sauce at Pearl House in Burnaby

This was my other friends’ recommendation in my previous visit, Dong-an Ji (stir-fried chicken). It is spicy, but it tastes so good.

Tofu & Minced Pork in Spicy Sauce on Rice

Tofu & Minced Pork in Spicy Sauce on Rice at Pearl House in Burnaby

When I told my friends there was Mapo Tofu, they responded right away that they wanted to eat! πŸ˜€ And, I’m glad they liked it.

If I go to the restaurant again, I want to order something else. Any suggestions?

(Pictures taken by iPhone)

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Pearl House

Address: 7152 Sperling Avenue, Burnaby, B.C. (map)
(Close to Nikkei Centre)
TEL: 604-522-3177
Facebook: page
Urbanspoon: page

Lunch/Dinner
[Sun – Thu] 11:00 – 1:00
[Fri – Sat] 11:00 – 2:00

Price Note
– Beef Tendon with Noodle in Soup $10.00 (with Thick Noodle +$0.50)
– Shredded Chicken with Green Onion & Ginger Sauce $11.50
– Tofu & Minced Pork in Spicy Sauce on Rice $6.95

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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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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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