There comes a time in your life when it really dawns on you that you’re growing up. Or old. This is that year for my high school friends and I as we’re all turning 30 this year. “Luckily”, my birthday isn’t until the end of the year so as of now I’m still the youngest of the bunch and I take every opportunity to milk that 😉
For Cat’s 30th birthday, she originally wanted to have a celebratory dinner. However one of us had plans the evening of, so it got changed to a brunch instead.
Cat got to pick the restaurant and she chose The Oakwood Canadian Bistro in Kitsilano. They don’t take reservations so be prepared to wait. For the 5 of us we waited 35 minutes at noon.
I picked the Open-faced Corned Beef sandwich, overeasy eggs, sauerkraut, dijon and home fries ($14). First the good: it was LOADED with meat. I mean, there was so much corned beef slices on there I could’ve easily made another sandwich. It was pretty tasty and not overly salty as it could easily have been.
The bad: the bread was really dry. And thick. It was not very tasty to eat overall. The eggs could’ve been runnier too…it was too well done for my liking.
The good again: The bread softened overnight (I packed it) and when I had it for lunch the next day it tasted much much better.
I ordered a side of Brioche muffins with maple butter ($5). They were served fresh and warm and fluffy. A bit savory, and the maple butter wasn’t overly sweet. I was full from this so I had my sandwich packed to go.
I didn’t get a chance to really taste the other’s, but I took pictures anyway for those of you that want to see what items look like before ordering.
Short rib, hash brown croquettes, sous vide eggs, caramelized onion puree ($15).
I will say that you don’t get a lot of short ribs for $15….you pay for the presentation I guess, and indeed it was plated nicely.
Confit tuna benedict, dill hollandaise, fennel salad, home fries ($14)
I didn’t get to try the main dish but I really enjoyed the fennel salad. Fannypack did not, however.
Maple confit pork belly, scrambled eggs, home fries, toast ($12)
The pork belly was dry and there was only one tiny piece. The whole presentation came out sloped over to one side.
Overall I was very underwhelmed and unimpressed by The Oakwood. I don’t see what the lineup is for.