Oru Restaurant serves Pacific Northwest cuisine showcasing the flavours of the Pacific Rim.
Dine out Vancouver on a Saturday night is probably not the best time to go to Oru. We decided to try it as they had a menu that appealed to us and it is a place that we normally might not try.
It is a huge room and to really not to my liking for the prices that are charged. It’s like dining in a gymnasium or ballroom. There is no separation into different sections so it is just 1 big room. There is one smaller room as you enter that is to the right that seems nicer. It only has about 12 tables, is softly lit and is more conducive to a nice evening out. The service was very good considering how busy the restaurant was. It was packed. We didn’t see any empty seats. The dine out menu was $38.00 for 3 courses. For appetizers my husband had the Oru salad. This was very good It consisted of Kale, roasted squash, lime pumpkin seed and chipotle Caesar dressing. The dressing was really tasty and was perfect with the salad. I had the roasted pork belly with lotus root poi, baby bok chop, crispy sage and pineapple, maple & mustard glaze. This was also very good. For entrees my husband had the whole Cape Breton Lobster. It was absolutely wonderful. The lobster was a decent size. It was perfectly cooked and the paprika lime butter was absolutely amazing. The salad of brussels sprouts and chorizo sausage was a warm salad and the brussels sprouts were perfect, they were still crunchy but they didn’t have the sulphurous taste that brussels sprouts get when they’re undercooked. I had the angus short rib with mashed potato, black bean, corn & zucchini succotash and mole sauce. My entrée was not as successful as my husband’s entrée. I found the beef to be very dry and stringy which is unusual for short rib. My waiter brought more sauce but it didn’t help. For dessert we both had the malted peanut butter & bear nut bar. It was a peanut mousse bar topped with a dark chocolate ganache and accompanied by malted milk ice cream. It was nice to see that the serving sizes had not been reduced because of dine out.
The wine prices here are extremely high. My husband said they did not have any wines under $60.00 and most wines were considerably higher than $60.00. We asked our waiter what the corkage fee was and he said it was $25.00. This is fair. If we returned we would bring our own wine. We could have a really good bottle of wine with our dinner and ultimately pay a more reasonable price for the meal with wine
Our total bill for the dine out dinner with taxes but before tip with 3 glasses of wine was $127.00. The cheapest wine they had by the glass was $13.00. This was for Red Rooster Riesling. It’s a decent wine but we know what the cost of the wine is and the mark up at Oru is about 3x the actual cost of the wine.
I wouldn’t rush back for the regular menu. If I did come back I would request a table in the small room to the right as you enter the restaurant and I would bring my own bottle of wine.
A great bright location near Canada Place. Decor is modern and minimalist. My friend and I enjoyed their dinner entrees. I had their Nasi Goreng -Indonesian fried rice, egg, crispy shallots and added some jumbo sambal prawns. Great flavours, textures, and portion. My friend tried their Gochujang Red Snapper with shiitake mushroom, soy sprouts, & sweet potato noodle - also nicely done and a decent sized dish. The mango pudding to end the meal was fresh, sweet and tasty. Overall a great place for some yummy Asian fusion food. We are looking forward to trying their lunch menu next time - looks really good.
Visited during the week and they have a set lunch of 4 courses for $24. It came bento box style with all 4 items on a tray. Tried the wonton soup, 1 wonton in some clear broth. Good but just 1 wonton! Chicken salad was good with cucumbers, not Thai like as they described. The chicken tikka or tandori was just ok. A bit watery for the sauce and the naan was not crispy enough. The chocolate cake ganache was very good. Service was good and quick. Value was poor based on the what taste, quantity. Market is much better. Ambiance is just OK, very modern looking and very loud inside. Would not return.
Went for dinner on a week night and resturant was busy. A good sign. Seemed like many people were celbrating Christmas. Good selection of food. Had the raw seafood for appy which was very fresh and good. Then had a salad which is good. Had sablefish for the main and this was also very good. Did not have many choices for dessert but milk choloclate was good. Coffee was not hot but did not complain. A little pricy but good food. Parking is bit of issue
Considering the location, the restaurant is surprisingly humble BUT the menu is rock solid: some among my favourites are Poched Lobster, Haida Sablefish, and Kalua Pork Belly. Oh, a fruit-plate for dessert! Another plus is when the weather is gracious, you've got a gorgeous strolling-route waiting after your meal. Must say, I'm a big fan.
From all the reviews I've read here, I would think that I ate somewhere entirely different. I went with 5 colleagues to Oru for lunch and we all thought it was pretty fantastic. Work lunches in the downtown core tend to get a little boring, with destinations usually centering around Alberni or Robson, and the fare generally being Italian or French,so Oru was nice change.
And I liked Oru not just because it was different. It's Pan-asian, but it's done quite well and far better than the "wild" or "door" places in Crosstown and South Granville. The restaurant decor itself is modern yet not austere. Being able to see the water helps quite a bit too. All the food is presented beautifully. Standouts are the sake sabelfish, butter chicken, and dare I say it, the red curry. Yeah, it's thai red curry, but it's a really good red curry. The seasonal bbq eel and pine mushroom dish was also really unique and tasty. Service was of the level expected and there was nothing to complain about. I would definitely come back and I hope it stays around!
We were pleased with the experience.
For appetizers we had the Sake Kasu Sablefish and the Marinated Flank Steak Salad. We thought the fish was perfectly done nice and smooth and moist. It was favoured nicely, not too overpowering so that you still taste the fish. The salad was both substantial and light with fresh flavours. Thinking the cilantro would overpower it I started picking and putting it aside but realized it added a nice touch to it and ate it all. If the portions were larger they would make excellent entrées.
For entrees we had Korean BBQ Pork Chop with sweet potato, cabbage, kimchi vinaigrette, and the Butter Chicken with tandoor roasted chicken, rice, naan bread, mint chutney. Ok granted there could have more chicken but when you go to other Indian restaurants that serve entrées of butter chicken the portions are often small. The buffet restaurants lack the subtly in flavors and spices. The chutney was light and cooling against the heat of the chicken. For me the only problem with the meal was not enough rice or naan. There was so much yummy sauce and not enough carbs to eat it with. The BBQ pork was a large portion good for meat eaters but a bit dry. Maybe it was overdone and/or lacked the fat and marbling I love when eating BBQ pork. The side was tasty and an interesting twist on mashed potatoes.
The Mango Parfait was light and fluffy and when you hit the concentrated mango puree, it’s quite lovely. The ginger chocolate cookies were a bit of a miss. They were neither crisp nor chewy, instead somewhere in between so they could be better. Since we were in a Pan Asian restaurant had to try the Japanese Cheesecake. Don’t expect the consistency to be like the traditional western cheesecakes. This is almost cakey. The side fruit and angalise complemented the cake and added moisture to it.
I liked the airy feeling of the restaurant, nice and bright and clean. I didn’t think Ikea once. We booked based on some of the food critic reviews and I only read negative reviews about the service after committing to go so I was a bit nervous. But we had great service from the hostess who brought us to our table, to the host who took care of us during dinner as well as our waiter. They came regularly to see how we were doing but not too often. They offered but didn’t push us to order alcoholic drinks thank goodness. I think what impressed me was that they had that combination of providing good service as well as being relatable individuals. Nothing like the phony service in cookie cutter mid level suburban restaurants that are moving into the downtown business core.
Still waiting to try the ramen that I keep reading about.
At first, I actually didn't mind the Ikea style cafeteria interiors because I only wanted a bowl of ramen, but apparently it's been taken off the menu by the chef. So I went for the $24 lunch fix prix menu instead which was served airplane style in little boxes that fit tightly on a tray. I usually don't mind small portions, anticipating the berkshire pork wonton appetizer which literally is only one wonton in a very tiny cup of broth (both bland, lukewarm and failed to bring out the natural taste of the berkshire pork). Salad was deconstructed with a measly romaine leaf, and a few slices of chilled beef. Tandoor chicken was soggy and burnt on the edges, as thought they microwaved it, and totally drowned the rice with water content of chicken and runny curry. cheesecake was like a 1/4 slice. and orange juice was $6 a glass, so don't order seconds thinking refills are complimentary, because they are not. I wonder if the dinner experience will be different. More detailed cooking? Fresher ingredes? More gourmet, less street food re-creations? How much better can a $16 Vietnamise Banh Mi sandwich be?
Ok, so wanted to take some friends who attended a convention somewhere close to the Convention Centre and chose Oru......yikes sorry but was not very good food. My seafood was tough - albacore tuna tartare- and my buddies complained about the pork belly not being hot enough. Feel like a smuck as I chose this place. Over priced and not a good choice.
Server was good, but the food not so good....will not be recommending.
I was at Oru on a weekend for lunch. Uh oh... only five tables full?
Food: Okay. I had come specifically for the pork belly ramen, which has been pulled off the menu while it's being refined. I opted for spring rolls and bahn mi subs. Both tasty, but pricey.
Service: Everyone was super friendly, though it took us a while to get seated. Waterboy seemed a little nervous.
Value: There are so many fabulous Asian places in town, with great food at a great price point. Unfortunately, not here.
Ambiance: Ordinarily, a place with a great vibe/atmosphere could make up for mediocre value, but I just didn't feel like lingering at this restaurant. Everything was rather... sparse. The place felt fresh and clean, bright and airy, but lacked warmth and depth. Another diner mentioned an "Ikea" feel. That comment actually makes sense.
I know this is technically a hotel restaurant and everything but it's been written about by almost every food critic in the city already and the concept sounded interesting so why not check it out?
Sat in the main dining room at a table that is a long sort of peek a boo affair with a wall framing it - cool.
The room is minimal but when we went it was a busy night so it didn't feel cold or unwelcoming at all although I can kind of see why people say it looks like a fancy caffeteria.
Our server was friendly and recommended some good wine to start and we settled in for a nice dinner. Ummm...
The tuna tataki came first (did I mention that the dishes come 'when they are ready' which is a cute concept but can be odd if people are not sharing dishes like us). The presentation was totally standard (avocado slices on top - nothign new) but the actual fish was ice cold – like hurt your teeth cold. We actually had to let it thaw before we could finish.
The Vietnamese rice rolls came next and so help me I can never understand why these things are popular – the wrap was too hard and gluey and had an unappealing chewiness to it. The filling was kind of skimpy and the teensy amount of mushrooms left for little contrast between the noodles inside and the wrapper.
The tofu was another miss – bland and watery with none of the exotic flavors we were expecting from the quote “Mongolian truffle sauce” – damn.
Our chow fun was a high point – huge bowl of noodles, mushrooms – it tasted as good as it smelled! Hooray – finally.
Were told that their Butter Chicken was their house specialty and I couldn’t wait to try it but when it cam the tiny portion of 3 lumps of chicken in a little brass bowl was barely a mouthful for each of us and the sauce was totally meh – nothing bad but in a city packed with great Indian food it wouldn’t hit my top 5…..
Dessert was great – the Japanese cheesecake was beautiful – fluffy and with a lovely mild tang to it – yes!! Pineapple bread pudding was heavy but very tasty and a satisfying end to an otherwise underwhelming experience.
Would we go back? Yes – to the lounge downstairs for dessert & bubble!
'Street food' is sometimes best left to the street to do properly.
The ambiance and service at Oru were good, but the Mother's Day brunch buffet was a disappointment. There's a great selection of cold, hot, and dessert dishes but the quality of food was not up to par, especially the roast beef at the carving station, for the price of $75 per person. Each guest was suppose to get a glass of champagne but our server didn't offer it to us, and we didn't ask him to bring us any after trying the food because we weren't in the mood anymore.
I know you can't really compare a buffet to a plated meal because buffet food gets cold and tough out in the open, but I feel that a lot of the basics weren't done right and I am not sure if I'll return to Oru for it's regular menu after this experience.
Went out to Oru for Dine Out Vancouver, I didnt have much expectations since I've heard from a couple people that the food wasnt good.
But boy was I wrong! My friend had the flank steak salad to start, which was good, not too chewy. My other friend had the lettuce and plum salad, however it was substituted with pineapple tonight, but it was still delicious! I had the miso sablefish, which was cooked beautifully, super succulent and came with cherry tomatoes that cut the richness of the fish.
For our mains, they had the butter chicken with naan and jasmine rice, it was good but I felt that I couldve had it at any Indian restaurant. I had the korean bbq pork loin, it was a 10oz portion on top of mashed potatoes and kimchi like veggies. Super tender and cooked medium, just the way I liked it.
We finished with each of the dessert, my favourite was the chocolate ganache tart, it was amazing! If their dine out menu is this good, I cant wait to go back for their regular menu
We were five women out for a nice dinner on a Friday, Canucks playoff night. The service at ORUS was exceptional on all levels from the moment we arrived until we left - friendly, unpretentious, helpful, knowledgable about the menu. Oru is situated in the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel...and so the service was true to Fairmont quality.
Each of our appetizers and main dishes were delicious, absolutely full of flavor. This wasn't a surprise since we heard of the chef's notable reputation. From Tuna Tataki, to Halibut, to Butter Chicken, to Bison...we savored each dish. We ended our evening with espressos. Our server also brought two slate plates of dessert samples...we didn't order them and so were curious what would appear on our bills. Pleasantly, we discovered the desserts were complimentary. Impressive! At 7pm the restaurant was quiet but it got quite busy around 9:30pm. It's large, and has a nice atmosphere with lots of space between tables. When we left around 10pm, the lounge downstairs was busy, a live band just started, so the option was there to stay longer and have an after dinner drink. We all highly recommend ORU - Check out the menu and pics online. You won't be disappointed. It's true value!
I don't know what to say here. THe location looked promising, but the meals were sub-par. I was surprised by the flavorful Butter Chicken as I thought it was a tad watery, but the taste was exceptional. The other dishes including the worst steak in the city made me want to run out of here. THis place would be more suitable for a Howard Johnsons that the Fairmont Hotel. Service was so so, but managment apologized for the crapy steak. A table next to us ordered the steak, and they weren't pleased either.
We had the Tuna appetizer and that was great. I think this restaurant is a suitable place for cruise ship passengers looking to eat something besides a buffet dinner. I simply can't recommend this place. Also noticed that the dishes had an almost paint numbers style to it. Maybe its because the cooks look like they were hired from Earls.