Location: 1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 895-0612 [Online Reservations available thru OpenTable.] | Hours: Breakfast: Monday-Friday 6:30am – 11:30am Breakfast: Saturday-Sunday 7:00am – 11:30am Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am – 2:00pm Plated Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 11:30am – 2:00pm Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5:00pm – 10:00pm Seafood Dinner Buffet: Sunday 5:00 – 10:00pm
It’s going to be a long post, but I’m sure you would want to read this before you fill your tummies with seafood. My girlfriend and I, like most of you who will visit this restaurant because you bought the group deal from Social Shopper, decided to give Oru an early visit so there could be more fair reviews of this place and the varieties of food they serve.
Oru offers a wide selection of menu items all revolving around pan asian cuisine. In addition to its regular menus, Oru offers a seafood buffet every Sunday evening for a regular of $45 excluding drinks and special items, which are optional.
We arrived at the restaurant 10minutes late for our reservations at 5:45PM. However, our server was very accommodating. We were seated in a semi-secluded room away from the main dining area. It was next to the patio, since we got a little too cold, we asked to be moved to a warmer area. But on a nice sunny summer day, it should be perfect. Except, Vancouver wasn’t exactly feeling too summery that day.
On to the food! First up, the salad and appetizer bar. Due to the nature of this post, I’m going to focus more on the pictures rather than writing. And I will only comment on things I have had at the buffet. As there are just too much food to consume. I haven’t had the chance to sample all the foods offered at the buffet.
This salad is served with a Basil and Lime Dressing. The salad was consumed by the lime dressing making the salad tasted just like lime.
This salad is served with Sesame and BBQ Duck.
The smoked salmon platter was one of the better appetizers out. It wasn’t superb, but it was better than other appie’s.
This salad is served with Cold Water Shrimp and a Ginger-Soy Vinaigrette.
And like all west-coast restaurants, usually course begins with bread.
Next, the sushi and cold bar.
Being a buffet, of course you have self-serve everything, including the wasabi.
There were many maki rolls, ranging from salmon, cucumber, and california rolls. Aside from that, there are a few selections of nigiri’s, including salmon, tuna, ebi, hamachi, and hokkigai.
The nigiri’s were the only sushi’s I tried. They were poorly smacked onto the rice and the sashimi was thinly sliced. The best tasting nigiri was the tuna out of all I’ve tried. However, I think the presentation still does not match up to one of the convenient sushi joints in Vancouver.
There were just pile of these, like it’ll never run out. The snow crab claws were big and fresh, a little too salty in my opinion. However, the lemons and Tuzu Cocktail Sauce makes up for it. The flavour of these snow crab claws reminds me of the king crab legs I have had at Bellagio buffet in Las Vegas. In fact, these tasted better. Maybe it’s because they have more meat!
The prawns were also huge and piled up right beside the crab claws. The prawns flavour were almost the same in terms of saltiness. I wonder if they would taste better if they were served hot instead of chilled.
Next up was the main course of the evening. These things cost $1 each at Happy Hour alone in some places in Vancouver, like The Boathouse. So, if you have 45 of these you’d probably have your money’s worth. However, these shucked oysters weren’t small. It’s served with lemon and a Red Wine Mignonette.
Here’s a close up shot of the size of these oysters.
So, that’s all the chilled food. Stay tuned for my next post, for some HOT food from the kitchen of ORU. Until next time…