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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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As my bus ticket had still left, I decided to go to Whistler on Canada Day. I was worried the weather, but it ended up being sunny in the afternoon.

I read someone’s blog about this restaurant and wanted to try. Last time when I was in Whistler, I was too tired (or lazy) to wake up early to go there because of skiing, although this restaurant was on my list.

WildWood Bistro & Bar is located further north of Whistler Village North. You cross Lorimer Road and feel like going nowhere or a construction site, and you will find their sign.

I ordered from their breakfast menu.

Eggs Rockefeller, comes with famous pan-fried Pemberton potatoes
(Two poached eggs served over creamed spinach and Swiss cheese topped with Hollandaise and choice of toast)

Eggs Rockefeller at Wildwood Bistro & Bar in Whistler

Eggs Rockefeller at Wildwood Bistro & Bar in Whistler

It wasn’t so great than I expected. And, a hair was in the fried potatoes so that I sent it back. However, the bread was so good! I wondered where I can buy them. The restaurant seems to be same group as Elements.

And, an extra picture. Mountain view from the restaurant.

Wildwood Bistro & Bar in Whistler

WildWood Bistro & Bar

Address: 4500 Northlands Boulevard, Whistler, B.C. (map)
(Cross Lorimer Road, located at the Whistler Tennis Club)
TEL: 604-935-4077
Facebook: page

Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch/Dinner
[Mon] 7:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 21:00
[Tue] 9:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 21:00
[Wed – Sun] 7:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 21:00

Price Note
– Eggs Rockefeller $10.99

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We went back to hotel after walking around downtown Victoria, and I was searching restaurants for dinner. Collin said anything was fine, so I looked at somewhere serves good seafood.

Blue Crab Bar & Grill came up as good reviews. I made a reservation online. The restaurant seems to serve great seafood dishes. It is located in James Bay area, walking along Inner Harbour towards Fisherman’s Wharf.

We ordered from their regular and special menu (fresh sheet).

Cocktail, Blue Crab Caesar
(Horse radish in it)

Cocktail, Blue Crab Caesar at Blue Crab Bar & Grill in Victoria

Bread

Bread at Blue Crab Bar & Grill in Victoria

Grilled Cheese Salad
(Tomatoes, Aged Cheddar, Apple Cider dressed Herb Greens, Salt Roasted Beets)

Grilled Cheese Salad at Blue Crab Bar & Grill in Victoria

Famous Chowder
(Clams, Potatoes, Leeks, Bacon, Cream Seasonings)

Famous Chowder at Blue Crab Bar & Grill in Victoria

I thought the clams’ shape was strange. Collin said they were local ones.

Famous Chowder at Blue Crab Bar & Grill in Victoria

I was so happy to eat so many of clams, but at the bottom of the soup bowl, there was a lot of sand sunk and it was getting inedible. We talked to the server and they gave me a small bowl of soup. I thought they just gave me soup but more clams were also in it. 🙂 And, there was no sand. Perfect!

Famous Chowder at Blue Crab Bar & Grill in Victoria

Diver Scallops
(Spot Prawns, Lobster Ratatouille, Parma Ham, Lima Beans, Poached Tomatoes)

Diver Scallops at Blue Crab Bar & Grill in Victoria

Diver Scallops at Blue Crab Bar & Grill in Victoria

Diver Scallops at Blue Crab Bar & Grill in Victoria

Salmon
(Dungeness Crab, ‘Oscar’ Garnish, Crisp Watercress Risotto, Little Beets)

Salmon at Blue Crab Bar & Grill in Victoria

Salmon at Blue Crab Bar & Grill in Victoria

Inside of the croquet: risotto

Salmon at Blue Crab Bar & Grill in Victoria

And, an extra picture of the view from the restaurant.

At Blue Crab Bar & Grill in Victoria

Blue Crab Bar & Grill

Address: 146 Kingston Street, Victoria B.C. (map)
(At Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel)
TEL: 250-480-1999
Facebook: page

Breakfast/Lunch/Brunch/Dinner
6:30 – 22:00 daily (Dinner starts from 17:00)

Menu

Menu at Blue Crab Bar & Grill in Victoria Menu at Blue Crab Bar & Grill in Victoria Menu at Blue Crab Bar & Grill in Victoria

Price Note
– Cocktail, Blue Crab Caesar $8.95
– Grilled Cheese Salad $11.00
– Famous Chowder $10.00
– Diver Scallops $33.00
– Salmon $25.00

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