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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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I was so busy with work, and on one Friday, I was waiting for co-workers to finish their parts. When my friend sent me a text message in the afternoon if I can go for dinner with her, I couldn’t say if I can for sure. Well, in my mind, I thought I could go. 🙂 At 7pm, I sent her a text back saying I can, as there was no progress seen on their parts.

Thinking about where to go, I asked her if she wanted to go to Italian. The restaurant was Campagnolo Roma on Hastings street, close to Nanaimo street. Their original place is on Main street, and this is a sister restaurant.

We ordered from their special and dinner menu.

Burrata, Pane Bianco, Olive Oil from Special

Burrata, Pane Bianco, Olive Oil at Campagnolo Roma in Vancouver

I love Burrata cheese! I liked their bread, too.

Tagliatelle, Octopus, Olive Oil, Basil, Calabrian Chili from Special

Tagliatelle, Octopus, Olive Oil, Basil, Calabrian Chili at Campagnolo Roma in Vancouver

This is not with white or tomato sauce, just seasoned with chili and salt, but it still tasted good.

Margherita Pizza
(Fior di latte, Tomato Sauce, Basil)

Margherita Pizza at Campagnolo Roma in Vancouver

This pizza had interesting texture. The edge was crunchy rather than crispy, but the dough was chewy a little bit. The taste was good, although this was not my favorite pizza.

Americano

Americano at Campagnolo Roma in Vancouver

Americano at Campagnolo Roma in Vancouver

Oh, I forgot this was an Italian restaurant. The Americano had Italian taste, sour! I don’t really like sourness in coffee.

And, we ordered dessert to share.

Maple Syrup Panna Cotta
(Rhubarb Preserves, Biscotti)

Maple Syrup Panna Cotta at Campagnolo Roma in Vancouver

Mmm, this Panna Cotta was so good! I will come back even just for the dessert!

Campagnolo Roma

Address: 2297 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(One block west from Nanaimo street)
TEL: 604-569-0456
Facebook: page
Twitter: @CampRoma
Urbanspoon: page
*No reservation accepted

Lunch/Brunch/Dinner
[Mon, Fri] 11:30 – 14:30, 17:00 – 22:00
[Tue – Thu] 17:00 – 22:00
[Sat – Sun] 10:30 – 14:30, 17:00 – 22:00

Price Note
– Burrata, Pane Bianco, Olive Oil $15.00
– Tagliatelle, Octopus, Olive Oil, Basil, Calabrian Chili $16.00
– Margherita Pizza $13.00
– Americano $2.75
– Maple Syrup Panna Cotta $8.00

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My friend and I went to Sakura Days Japan Fair and left there when they closed after having coffee at a little cafe at VanDusen. The area is residential and it was raining, but there was no places we can have a chat nearby. We decided to head to downtown Vancouver. While we were on the bus, we decided to go for dinner.

The Sardine Can was in my list for a while, and even my fellow blogger, Shelley reminded me of this place in her blog once. They are a new restaurant opened in 2012 and located in Gastown, close to the status of “Gassy” Jack. The restaurant is a small bar place with 3 sharing tables and a counter bar. They serve Spanish tapas food.

We ordered from their regular menu.

Tostas de Sardinas
(Smoked Sardines on Toast)

Tostas de Sardinas at The Sardine Can in Vancouver

Guisado di Pulpo, Fabes y Acelgas
(Octopus, White Bean & Chard Stew)

Guisado di Pulpo, Fabes y Acelgas at The Sardine Can in Vancouver

Carrilladas de Cerdo
(Casserole of slow cooked Pork Cheeks)

Carrilladas de Cerdo at The Sardine Can in Vancouver

Gambas al Ajillo
(Spicy Garlic Prawns)

Gambas al Ajillo at The Sardine Can in Vancouver

Pan
(Terra Breads Sourdough)

Pan at The Sardine Can in Vancouver

All food was tasty, although we ordered some with similar sauce. The sardine toast is a must item. The octopus and pork cheeks were tender, and the prawns’ one was quite spicy for me but good! I have been to another Spanish tapas restaurant in Vancouver, but I preferred this restaurant.

We also shared two dessert.

Flan de Dulce de Leche
(Baked Caramel Custard)

Flan de Dulce de Leche at The Sardine Can in Vancouver

Terrina de Chocolate
(Chocolate Terrine with Chili, Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Toast)

Terrina de Chocolate at The Sardine Can in Vancouver

Terrina de Chocolate at The Sardine Can in Vancouver

We weren’t sure about this savory-ish seasoning on dessert, but it was quite good. I also liked flan, because I like custard pudding, but my friend probably preferred soft one like creme caramel rather than flan.

And, extra pictures of interior: bulls 🙂

The Sardine Can in Vancouver The Sardine Can in Vancouver

Oh, I almost forgot to mention! When we tried to pay by cash, our server had the bill adjusted with 10% discount. Yay!

Their site says La Buca and Pied-a-Terre are sister restaurants. I might like to try them.

The Sardine Can

Address: 26 Powell Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(100 m east from Carrall Street)
TEL: 604-568-1350
Facebook: page
Urbanspoon: page
*No reservation accepted.

Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Fri] 16:00 – 22:30
[Sat] 12:00 – 22:30
[Sun] 12:00 – 21:30

Price Note
– Tostas de Sardinas (Sardine Toast) $5.00
– Guisado di Pulpo, Fabes y Acelgas (Octopus) $10.00
– Carrilladas de Cerdo (Pork Cheeks) $10.00
– Gambas al Ajillo (Prawns) $10.00
– Pan (bread) $2.50
– Flan de Dulce de Leche $5.50
– Terrina de Chocolate $5.50
*10% discount with cash payment

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