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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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Collin’s birthday was coming up in early November. As he works on weekends, we planned a birthday dinner ahead at the end of October. He didn’t have any preference, so I picked a newer restaurant.

Homer St. Cafe and Bar was open sometime last summer. It is in downtown Vancouver , close to Yaletown area. They serve French cuisine and focus on roasting, especially chicken. Their dinner menu consists snacks, starters, cheese & charcuterie, mains, sides, and desserts. In addition, we were given a today’s special sheet.

We ordered from their regular dinner menu and special.

Ancient Mariner
(Gin, Rosemary infused sweet Vermouth, Cynar, Orange Vermouth, Maple Gastrique)

Ancient Mariner at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

A glass of White Wine, Laughing Stock Viognier
(2012 Naramata BC)

A glass of White Wine, Laughing Stock Viognier at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

Complimentary Bread

Complimentary Bread at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

His choice, Maple Butter Pork Belly

Maple Butter Pork Belly at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

I had some bite, and it was OK. The outside was crispy, but the inside wasn’t cooked enough for me. Collin loved this, though.

My choice, Marinated Scallop and Endive Salad
(Grilled Scallion, Kale Pesto)

Marinated Scallop and Endive Salad at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

As a starter, this was a big salad. I liked every single elements. Within my order, this was the best. Too bad, it is no longer on the menu.

Cheese & Charcuterie 3 items
(Boerenkas, Bresaola, Bleu Claire, served with Seasonal Pickles, Nuts and Fruit)

Cheese & Charcuterie 3 items at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

Cheese & Charcuterie 3 items at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

We chose two kinds of cheese and one kind of meat. We liked them all. Boerenkas cheese was salty. Bresaola meat was like prosciutto, but cured beef. The fruit was served as apple mustard jam.

His choice, Lamb and Potato Pie, Bone Marrow

Lamb and Potato Pie, Bone Marrow at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

Lamb and Potato Pie, Bone Marrow at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

Because of bone marrow, he ordered this. ๐Ÿ˜€ He said the pie tasted good, too.

His choice, Side Crispy Chicken Skin

Side Crispy Chicken Skin at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

He was too curious and decided to order this side. Yes, it was crispy, but it was smelly and oily to me.

My choice, Marinated Halibut Salad
(Olive Dressing, Tomato, Green Bean, Frisee, Potato)

Marinated Halibut Salad at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

This was from Roast of the Day on the special menu. I felt the halibut seemed a bit overcooked, but I enjoyed it. I didn’t realize this was a salad until it came to the table, and I ended up having two salads a day.

Double Caesar

Double Caesar at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

He ordered the second drink for his birthday treat.

We were too full to have any dessert here. Overall, the food was fine, but not so special. Maybe, I should have ordered chicken plate. He said he liked their food, though. They open brunch as well, so I want to try that.

And, the restaurant exterior and interior.

Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

Homer St. Cafe and Bar

Address: 898 Homer Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(At the corner of Smithe street)
TEL: 604-428-4299
Facebook: page
Twitter: @HomerStCafeBar
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservations?

Brunch/Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Thu] 11:30 – 14:30, 17:00 – 23:00
[Fri] 11:30 – 14:30, 17:00 – 0:00
[Sat] 17:00 – 0:00
[Sun] 10:30 – 15:00

Menu

Menu at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver Menu at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver Menu at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in Vancouver

Price Note
– Ancient Mariner $11.00
– A glass of White Wine, Laughing Stock Viognier $14.00
– Maple Butter Pork Belly $7.00
– Marinated Scallop and Endive Salad $16.00
– Cheese & Charcuterie 3 items $14.00
– Lamb and Potato Pie, Bone Marrow $20.00
– Side Crispy Chicken Skin $5.00
– Marinated Halibut Salad $20.00
– Double Caesar $13.00

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There was a day in September that I would like to celebrate for myself. It has been a certain number of years since I moved in Canada, which I couldn’t believe how fast the time passed, and I felt I was deserved to treat myself well.

I asked Collin to come with me for dinner. For this special occasion, I chose West Restaurant. They are located at South Granville, a couple blocks away from Broadway. They serve contemporary regional cuisine. (It seems to mean modern and local, according to Collin.)

They have three kinds of tasting menu (7 courses); Sea Tasting, Land Tasting, and Vegetarian Tasting, and Collin chose Lane and I chose Sea.

Complimentary Bread with Olive Oil and Butter

Complimentary Bread with Olive Oil and Butter at West Restaurant in Vancouver

I don’t remember what kind of bread they were. There were 3 kinds.

A glass of wine, Grunderloch Fritz’s Riesling

A glass of wine, Grunderloch Fritz's Riesling at West Restaurant in Vancouver

Beldi

Beldi at West Restaurant in Vancouver

First dish, Amuse Bouche

Amuse Bouche at West Restaurant in Vancouver

I believe it was smoked salmon with pickled Daikon or celeriac. It was refreshment to start with. I should have taken a picture using flashlight…

Second dish for Land, Beef Tartar
(Sweet Onion and Soy, Sesame, Shallot)

Beef Tartar at West Restaurant in Vancouver

You see the pink one at the bottom. That was tartar.

Second dish for Sea, Wild BC Salmon
(Spice Cured, Baby Dill, Cucumbers)

Wild BC Salmon at West Restaurant in Vancouver

You see the thin sliced orange one at the bottom. That was salmon.

I liked both first dishes. For salmon, I wish there was more salmon. :p Both of them are still on the current menu, so we can order next time.

Third dish for Land, Twice Cooked Foie Gras
(Toasted Agassiz Hazelnuts, Green Strawberries, Brioche)

Twice Cooked Foie Gras at West Restaurant in Vancouver

Third dish for Sea, Albacore Tuna
(Octopus Chorizo, Black Olives, EVOO)

Albacore Tuna at West Restaurant in Vancouver

This octopus Chorizo was remarkable to us. The Tuna was nothing special.

Fourth dish for Land, Thiessen Farm Quail
(Espelette Glazed, Potato and Herb Rosti, Chevre)

Thiessen Farm Quail at West Restaurant in Vancouver

This was beautifully plated. Not only that, Collin admired how well the quail was cooked. He said it was perfect.

Fourth dish for Sea, Diver Caught Scallop
(Snap Peas, Carrots, Sauce Vierge)

Diver Caught Scallop at West Restaurant in Vancouver

Diver Caught Scallop at West Restaurant in Vancouver

This was also beautifully plated. The scallop was cooked perfectly as well. I wanted to eat another one!

Fifth dish for Land, Yarrow Meadows Duck
(Confit Leg, Chanterelles, Corn, Plum Compote)

Yarrow Meadows Duck at West Restaurant in Vancouver

Duck was fine, but the sauce was rich and we felt it was a bit too much. The corn helped for the refreshment.

Fifth dish for Sea, Line Caught Ling Cod
(Gailan, Shimeji Mushrooms, Ponzu)

Line Caught Ling Cod at West Restaurant in Vancouver

The skin on the ling cod was crispy. I wanted to have little bit of punch on seasoning.

Sixth dish, Pre Dessert

Pre Dessert at West Restaurant in Vancouver

I think this was berry sorbet with peach compote. It was a great refreshment after eating three dishes.

Seventh dish for Land, Strawberry Lemon Cream Tart
(Fresh Strawberries, Mint Frozen Yogurt)

Strawberry Lemon Cream Tart at West Restaurant in Vancouver

This was a good dessert. We both liked, especially the mint frozen yogurt.

Seventh dish for Sea, Spiced Squash Cheesecake
(Banana, Ganache, Orange Squash Sobert)

Spiced Squash Cheesecake at West Restaurant in Vancouver

For the Sea Tasting, this dessert was the most heavy dish. ๐Ÿ˜€ I was wondering how squash works in dessert, but it was good.

Petit Four
(Chocolate Truffles)

Petit Four at West Restaurant in Vancouver

While I went to washroom, this was served, and Collin had his share already before I came back.

And, an extra picture of the restaurant interior.

West Restaurant in Vancouver

Overall, we both thought the Land tasting menu was better and worth trying than the Sea. The meat plates were so filling and you can bite repeatedly and taste well, whereas the seafood plates were small portions so that the ordinary person like me can’t remember what the detail taste was or even if it was something special, just having two bites. Maybe, I’m not high standard to try these restaurants yet. ๐Ÿ˜€

West Restaurant

Address: 2881 Granville Street, Vancouver, B.C. (map)
(Close to West 13th Avenue, west on Granville Street)
TEL: 604-738-8938
Facebook: page
Twitter: @westrestaurant
Urbanspoon: page
Opentable: reservation?

Brunch/Lunch/Dinner
[Mon – Sat] 11:30 – 14:30, 17:30 – 0:00
[Sun] 11:00 – 14:30, 17:30 – 0:00

Menu

Tasting Menu at West Restaurant in Vancouver Tasting Menu at West Restaurant in Vancouver

Price Note
– A glass of wine, Grunderloch Fritz’s Riesling $10.25
– Beldi $13.00
– Land Tasting Prix Fixe $85.00
– Sea Tasting Prix Fixe $78.00

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