Over the last few months, the buzz about Kits dining has been predominantly Fable-centric. But let’s not overlook the rest of the culinary talent West 4th is packing. There’s nowhere better to lounge on a rainy fall or winter evening than the cozy space in front of the Oakwood Canadian Bistro’s fireplace.
Before Fable, Oakwood was the hip new kid; the restaurant recently celebrated it’s one year anni. Restaurant critics continue to unfurl rave after rave review for skilled young chef Mike Robbins. Most recently, the September issue of Chatelaine described Oakwood as possessing “all the ingredients of a perfect Vancouver night: a roaring fire, woodsy interior and north-western style comfort food like five-spice pork crackling with dill and watercress aioli and all-Canadian poutine with smoked brisket.”
From the seasonal fall menu, I’m hooked on the warm kale salad: kale, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower in lemon parmesan vinaigrette with potato bark. Other standouts worth ordering include the 48-hour bone-in short rib served with a side of sauteed cabbage and beech mushroom carrot tortellini. Leave room for the apple cobbler with vanilla Bavarian cream.
The Oakwood Canadian Bistro, 2741 West 4th Ave., 604-558-1965, Theoakwood.ca
Photo credit: Allison Kuhl Photography
Last modified: October 17, 2012