The Oakwood is a restaurant in Kitsilano that serves Canadian food using local ingredients. The inside of the restaurant is casual and cozy and they also have a patio out front.
I have heard that the Oakwood does a good brunch, but I am rarely in Kitsilano on the weekends. I recently was in the area with my parents, so we came here to try out their brunch menu.
My Mom got the maple confit pork belly, scrambled eggs, home fries, and toast. I liked that they used pork belly instead of just regular bacon or ham because it took a basic breakfast to the next level. The pork belly was tender and had a sweet maple flavour.
I had the confit tuna benedict with fennel slaw and home fries.
You always see smoked salmon on breakfast menus, but tuna is a bit more uncommon. I was glad that they had it because the delicate tuna flavour went perfectly with the poached eggs. More places should offer some variety with their seafood breakfast options.
The dill hollandaise was excellent. I loved the fresh flavour that the herb added. The texture of the hollandaise was also perfectly thick and creamy.
I enjoyed the home fries. They were very crispy on the outside, which is important to me. They were seasoned nicely with different herbs and spices. Also make sure you ask for ketchup. They make their own ketchup and it tastes nothing like the Heinz kind.
My Dad had the lemon mascarpone french toast, with blueberry compote and maple syrup. I had a bite of this and I thought it was great. The french toast had great flavour and I loved the hint of cheesiness from the mascarpone combined with the sweet blueberry compote.
We all enjoyed our meals at the Oakwood and if I was in the area more often, I would frequently visit. I like how they offer classic brunch plates, but they elevate them by using good quality ingredients and adding extra hints of herbs and spices. If you enjoy a good brunch, you must visit the Oakwood because it is one of the best in the city.
Yes, for an excellent brunch.