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The Oakwood Canadian Bistro, Vancouver (Kitsilano)

What do you think of when you head down to Kitsilano on a Saturday morning on a sunny day? I’ll tell you my perfect scenario. I have my IPod on while playing Lazy Song by Bruno Mars, hand around my girlfriend with a Starbucks in our hands. We think of where to go for brunch but not stressed about it. You’re sick of the lineups at Sophie’s, and the gigantic hearty breakfast is not that intriguing anymore. You drive past all the overrated restaurants that used to frequent (Ahem Hell’s Kitchen) and you are disappointed because you’re almost reaching UBC and haven’t found anything. You suddenly see a contemporary storefront that’s not too pretentious and you decide to go in.

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You go in and it’s pretty empty. You later find out that it’s a newer restaurant and the community has yet to discover it. There is a mutual agreement between Nancy and I that this place is cool. The wood from the name of this place really shines. I hope the owner / chef is from BC because the abundance of wood plus green walls is refreshing during the late morning and elegant at night.

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We realized we were hungry so let’s peep the menu. Well, Nancy deemed that it was a Saturday brunch so booze was appropriate. Caesar is the official brunch drink so the choice is clear. What we didn’t realized was that this wasn’t a normal Caesar, it was an Oakwood Caesar. It wasn’t too spicy, and didn’t get a sense of the tequila overpowering the beverage. The salt rim was so tasty that I kept licking it when Nancy wasn’t looking.

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So to even it up a bit so we don’t look like alcoholics, we ordered two of the half dozen of selection in the brunch section. May I just go off tangent here and tell you how much I appreciate limited selection menus. I am not a big fan of menus with a hundreds things to choose from because it only means 1.) They are trying to please everyone, which means their best dishes are hidden somewhere. 2.)  How fresh is your inventory when you have to stock half of Costco to please everyone? Out of the six, we have chosen:

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Braised Short Ribs: For breakfast? YES! Slow braised short ribs that are so ever soft and succulent. It comes with a thin potato pancake for texture, freshly seasoned tomatoes to  ensure the overall dish is not too heavy, and finally, an egg that… well… represents the breakfast in brunch. (The run on sentences is reflecting how good everything is and a reassurance that I still have your attention.)

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Albacore Tuna Nicoise Benedict: For those looking for an explanation of what nicoise means: it’s a salad with mixed vegetables and tuna and/or anchovies. I love how subtle this combination is. A normal eggs benny is very heavy at times. The tuna, greens and replacement of the corn muffin lightens the load in the belly.

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What a great way to start off the day, full and semi-buzzed. I am glad I am not experiencing food coma from the traditional steak and eggs and eggs benedict with tons of ham and hash browns. Now I have all the energy in the world to enjoy the rest of the day. Thinking about what I should order for dinner at Oakwood next time I go

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The Oakwood Canadian Bistro on Urbanspoon

Cuisine: Comfort Food
Price/Entrée: $10-20
Out of 5… (1: Don’t bother —> 5: Excellent)
Food: 4.0
Service: 4.0
Ambiance: 4.5
Overall: 4.0

 

 

 

 

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