Last week, my hubby and I drove around Kitsilano (locally known as Kits) looking for a place to eat. We found ourselves on 4th Street which is lined with restaurants. I was very indecisive about where to dine, torn between vegetarian and exotic food. Urban Spoon suggested Naam, an Indian restaurant. We found parking right across the street. Unfortunately a line-up a block long was forming in front of the restaurant. As we stepped out of the car, we noticed this fairly new place: The Oakwood Canadian Bistro. A sign advertising Special Mussels with frites for 10.00 CND from 5-8pm invited us to enter. The place oozed West-Coast coziness. It was actually fairly empty except for a few people, but we were told all tables were reserved, so we were ushered to the bar. We ordered our drinks: beer. The menu had a decent selection and showed two different kinds of mussels: in white wine broth or tomato coconut broth with chorizo. We decided that chorizo sounded good and so we ordered the Special Mussels a la Chorizo. Less than 1o minutes our entree was served! Then a gentleman – we suspected he was the owner or manager – appeared and told us that there had been a slight mistake with the orders. The Special Mussels were completely different form the ones listed on the menu. We said it didn’t really matter, so he apologized and gave us an order of free french fries with truffle aioli.
The mussels were spectacular: fresh and juicy! Just the right amount of heat from the cuts of chorizo, and they came with home-made toasted corn bread which you used to clean up the broth with! Move over Chambar, these babies are worth a repeat! The fries were hot, cooked just right and the truffle infused aioli is yummy! We topped the evening off with an order of baked apple dumpling with vanilla ice cream – comfort food at its best! We asked for our bill and to our surprise it turned out to be pretty affordable: 52.00 CDN including taxes! Not bad at all! We will definitely come back and recommend this restaurant to others!