The Oakwood Kits opening

Now that the Oakwood Canadian Bistro has made a firm landing in Kitsilano’s West 4th Avenue/Macdonald corridor, it was time to let the neighbours in.

The Oakwood Kits opening

Last night, owner Mike Shea welcomed media and later guests to the Oakwood to sample the menu while enjoying drinks and mingling.

The Oakwood Kits opening

In case you haven’t yet visited, the interior is completely redone since The Cabin days. Lots of reclaimed West coast wood, gorgeous wooden ceiling lamps, a bar to the side and open kitchen in the back create a welcoming spot for dinner, drinks, and weekend brunch.

The Oakwood Kits opening

The menu is focused on down-to-earth Canadian fare, including locally sourced products and Ocean Wise certified seafood.

The Oakwood Kits opening

Gone are the flat screen TVs. Sports action is always close by at Darby’s (at the corner of Macdonald and West 4th). This eatery focuses on just food, and great Canadian food at that.

The Oakwood Kits opening

Chef Mike Robbins creates everything in house, including the smoked meat. I also noticed a well cared for craft beer, wine, and cocktail selection. Kudos for using Vivreau, a sustainable still and sparkling water solution, in the restaurant.

The Oakwood Kits opening - drinks and craft beers on tap

Vivreau sustainable water system on tap

My hands-down favourite dish served was the Dungeness crab tortellini, perfectly cooked pasta with a divine filling. According to the menu, it’s normally served with an apple fennel salad with brown butter emulsion. This is what comforts my stomach and satisfies my taste buds on colder nights.

Dungeness crab tortellini

Here then is a look at the restaurant and the people behind the Oakwood.

The Oakwood Kits opening
[Butternut squash soup with blue cheese foam garnished with a deep fried sage leaf]

Seared tuna
[Albacore tuna topped with a red onion relish]

The Oakwood burger (mini version)
[A slider version of the Oakwood burger]

Owner Mike Shea, far left. The Oakwood Kits opening
[Owner Mike Shea, far left]

Ocean Wise-loaded menu
[Ocean Wise-loaded menu]

Beet and goat cheese salad minis
[Beet and goat cheese salad minis]

Maple glazed pork belly
[Maple glazed pork belly with apple puree, pork crackling]

Oakwood Kits Canadian Bistro is located at 2741 West 4th Avenue in Vancouver. Visit the website for menus, opening hours, and more information.

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