I had the pleasure of dining twice for my birthday at Oru Restaurant located in the newly opened Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. I have to admit, I was skeptical at first when I read it was a Pan Asian menu, but after enjoying an abundance of perfectly executed shared dishes, I was quickly converted into a fan.
Firstly the space is stunning with floor to ceiling windows, looking out into Coal Harbour and the North Shore Mountain range. They have chef’s table seating for large parties as well as a closed off private room if you are looking for something more intimate. I was particularity taken buy the hand folded Origami light structure that spanned along the ceiling, a unique touch to their interior design.
Chef David Wong and his team did a fantastic job capturing the traditional dishes of each country, incorporating all the diverse flavours and styles with a touch of West Coast flare. By perusing through the dinner menu you’ll quickly learn that the whole concept is to share each plate. I’ve tried a lot of the items on the menu and I can personally suggest the following:
Sake Kasu Sablefish ($12) The fish is sweet, moist and the mini tomatoes done in a ginger sauce are to die for.
Ishi-Yaki “Hot Stone” Prime Beef ($12) This is a traditional Korean bbq dish where you cook up your own beef on a hot stone.
Shoyu Ramen with 24hr Braised Berkshire Pork Belly ($15) Warning, this ramen bowl is large and must be shared. The pork belly is top of the line and the bowl is packed with a whole lot of goodies.
Murgh Makhani ($16) Butter chicken with sides of naan bread, enough said.
Organic Peking Duck ($24) This blend of duck served with a side of the fluffiest steam buns is absolutely mouth-watering.
1 lb Poached Atlantic Lobster and Caramelized Pineapple ($35) This is pineapple fried rice on steroids. The large chunks of lobster is the key.
Is your mouth watering yet?
Sunny Shum, Your Industry Insider
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