We went to West Oak on a whim, so did not have time to make a reservation but were able to snatch seats in the lounge area; which was very cozy and shared the same amazing ambiance as the rest of the venue. This was during the Taste of Yaletown event that occurs every year, where select restaurants showcase a set menu for patrons. It gives you a valid excuse to visit and try different establishments! Lighting was romantic but very dim so please excuse the photo quality; the table had a small candle which added a charming touch to the evening.
For appetizers, my date chose bruschetta and prosciutto with apple compote while I had a sablefish salad (first photo). While his dish had a variety of flavours and was more hands-on to eat, the sablefish was divine. Subtly crisp of the outside but incredibly soft and smooth when you bite into it.
As for main entrees, he picked the lamb shank and said it was tasty. It had peas and a savoury sauce around it. My dish was salmon and asparagus over mashed potatoes which was delicious because of the difference in texture between the soft potatoes and the fish.
To finish off our meal for dessert he got small slice of chocolate cake which was flourless and thus less decadent than your traditional chocolate cake. I slowly dived into panna cotta with a fruity sauce on top which could have incorporated more flavour but the texture was very smooth. Overall we had a good experience at this elegant restaurant.