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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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After I got some dessert from the donuts shop, I met up with Collin. Although it was a weekend, he finished his shift earlier and he said he was starving, so we decided to go somewhere close to where we were. Since he was starving, we skipped the restaurants that serve light meals.

We ended up going in Cactus Club Cafe on Burrard Street. It is across from the Burrard Skytrain station. They have various dishes in the menu.

We ordered from their regular menu.

Szechuan Chicken Lettuce Wraps
(Local Chicken, Sweet and Spicy Szechuan glaze, Peanuts, Wontons, Korean Chili Sauce, Spicy Yogurt)

Szechuan Chicken Lettuce Wraps at Cactus Club Cafe on Burrard

This was his choice. I had some bite and liked it, although it was quite spicy. He loved this and said it was addictive. ๐Ÿ™‚

Wor Wonton Soup
(BBQ Pork, Peking Duck Broth, Lemongrass and BBQ Pork Wontons, Asian Noodles, Baby corn, Mixed Vegetables)

Wor Wonton Soup at Cactus Club Cafe on Burrard

He also ordered this. The broth was really salty to me, so he can’t even drink much.

Fish Tacos
(Ocean wise Lingcod, Chipotle Aioli, Shredded Green Cabbage, Salsa Fresca)

Fish Tacos at Cactus Club Cafe on Burrard

This was my choice, as I read a blog post saying it tasted so good. Yeah, I liked this. There was fried fish in the taco. As dinner, it might be small, though.

(All pictures taken by iPhone)

Want to see more pictures for this restaurant? click here.

Cactus Club Cafe on Burrard

Address: 588 Burrard Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Close to Burrard Skytrain station)
TEL: 604-682-0933
Facebook: page or this branch one’s
Twitter: @cactusclubcafe
Urbanspoon: page

Brunch/Lunch/Dinner/Dessert
11:00 – late daily

Price Note
– Szechuan Chicken Lettuce Wraps $15.00
– Wor Wonton Soup $10.50
– Fish Tacos $14.00

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As I mentioned before, I made some new friends at my friend’s baby shower. The birthday of one of them was coming up, and we organized a birthday dinner for her.

As she wished to eat paella, the organizer chose this restaurant, La Bodega. It is located in downtown Vancouver, close to Drake Street. They serve Spanish tapas food. What did we order? I’m not sure… Because when I got to my nearest Skytrain station, the shutter was down, and nobody could get in. I ended up taking two buses to get to downtown, and it took more than an hour and half. So, by the time when I arrived at the restaurant, most of food was shared and served. Oh, my kind friends kept my share in the plates. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyways, I took only one picture.

Tapa de Paella
(Seafood, Chicken, Pork & Saffron Rice)

Tapa de Paella at La Bodega in Vancouver

For the taste, I think it was much better than my last visit in 2011. The atmosphere was more lively than before.

(Picture taken by iPhone)

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La Bodega

Address: 1277 Howe Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
TEL: 604-684-8814
Facebook: page
Urbanspoon: page

Dinner
[Mon – Fri] 16:30 – 0:00
[Sat] 17:00 – 0:00
[Sun] 17:00 โ€“ 23:00

Price Note
– Tapa de Paella $12.95

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