Ave welcomes The Oaks

Imagination is the key to the menu

Isa Hussien, one of the new owners of The Oaks, the newest addition to dining on Oak Bay Avenue, has been in the restaurant business since he was four years old. “That was me, standing on a chair and rolling roti for my family’s restaurant,” said Hussien. “I loved the business then, and I love it more now.”

The Oaks, located at 2250 Oak Bay Ave., is described by Hussien as a family establishment, serving West Coast fare. “We want everyone leaving the place to be, not just satisfied with a sort of, ‘that was OK’ kind of attitude, we want them thrilled and wanting to come back for the next experience.”

To accomplish that goal Hussien has teamed up with restaurateur and chef Mick Hopkins.

Hopkins’ background involves high-end camp food, served to executives and professionals in remote camps. “He brought fine dining to places where that was unknown. He has imagination and skills that give us a solid base,” Hussien said.

The Oaks has also hired well-known local chef Darcy Smith to guide the kitchen. “Nothing goes on the menu just for the sake of being there. Things like chicken fingers or burgers. We have burgers, but take a look at our flame thrower burger with a fresh patty with fresh chopped salsa on a Portofino bun. It’s amazing,” said Hussien.

Hussien hurried to point out that the dinner menu is equally succulent, featuring fresh, flavourful, and imaginative dishes at a reasonable price.

“This isn’t a place where we want you to come once every few months and get gouged on the price,” he said. “This is all about building a business where you can get fantastic food at a fair and affordable price so you can come back a few times a week.”

The Oaks is occupying the space that has housed two other eating establishments since 2009, when the Blethering Place closed its doors and was replaced by the Oak Bay Bistro. Still, Hussien is confident that his concept at the Oaks will succeed in the same location.

“The Blethering Place had its charm and the Bistro came in with a very high-end environment. What we’re doing, after taking a lot of time talking to the neighbourhood, is to capture what was best about both of those restaurants and improve upon it. We’ll be coming up the middle of those two concepts.”

The restaurant is still in a soft opening phase during which it is working out the challenges of a new establishment. They’ll be opening on the weekend, with what Hussien is confident will the best of customer service.

“We’ve put together a team of people here who all have a lot of experience in the hospitality industry,” said Hussien. “They all understand the concept of great service and they’ll all be working to make every dining experience here a positive one. One that will make people want to tell their friends to try us out.”


Just Posted

Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of Special Olympics B.C. kicks off with a run at Swan Lake on June 6. The virtual fundraiser runs until June 20. (Saanich Police/Twitter)
Torch run seeks to scorch previous fundraiser, targets $75,000 for Special Olympics

Global movement shoots for 40,000 km in honour of the 40th anniversary

Victoria Truth Centre and Long-term Inmates Now in the Community (L.I.N.C.) Society are hoping to replicate in Langford the format used on Emma’s Farm in Mission, pictured here. (Patrick Penner/Black Press Media)
Victoria Truth Centre hopes to grow transformative justice in Langford

Purchase proposal would see offenders, survivors and families work on organic vegetable farm

Tyson Muzzillo, regional manager of BC Cannabis Store, welcomes shoppers to their Uptown location, opening on June 16. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Government-run cannabis store opening at Saanich’s Uptown

BC Cannabis Store the first for government in Greater Victoria, 27th in province

Mural artist Paul Archer will soon begin work on a piece on the rear of a building at 100 Burnside Road West. (Gorge Tillicum Community Association)
Back of Burnside building in Saanich to feature mural of hope and positivity

Artist Paul Archer says subject will inspire memories, depict children’s future, sunshine, flowers

The stretch of trail north of Royal Bay Secondary connecting to Painters Trail at Murray’s Pond will be closed temporarily this week for invasive species removal. (Black Press Media file photo)
Colwood trail behind Royal Bay Secondary temporarily closed for invasive species removal

Cloure in effect from 9 a.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. Friday this week

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

(pixabay file shot)
B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

Review states a maximum of 22 hours for youth, aged 12 from to 17, to be placed in solitary

Eleonore Alamillo-Laberge, 6, reads a book in Ottawa on Monday, June 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Parents will need to fight ‘COVID learning slump’ over summer: B.C. literacy experts

Parents who play an active role in educating their children this summer can reverse the slump by nearly 80%, says Janet Mort

The border crossing on Highway 11 in Abbotsford heading south (file)
Western premiers call for clarity, timelines on international travel, reopening rules

Trudeau has called Thursday meeting, premiers say they expect to leave that meeting with a plan

The B.C. government’s vaccine booking website is busy processing second-dose appointments, with more than 76 per cent of adults having received a first dose. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations stable for Tuesday

108 new confirmed cases, 139 in hospital, 39 in intensive care

Cowichan Tribes man Adrian Sylvester is worried that he was targetted by a trailer hitch thrown from a vehicle. (Facebook photo)
Cowichan Tribes man worried he was target of trailer hitch

Adrian Sylvester says no one has reported a missing hitch after one nearly hit him

Graeme Roberts, who was mayor of Nanaimo from 1984-86, died this month at age 89. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Community Archives)
City of Nanaimo flags at half-mast as former mayor Graeme Roberts dies at 89

‘Giant-killer’ beat out Frank Ney in mayoral election in 1984

Ivy was thrown out of a moving vehicle in Kelowna. Her tail was severely injured and will be amputated. (BC SPCA)
Kitten thrown from moving vehicle, needs help: Kelowna SPCA

The seven-week-old kitten had severe tail and femur injuries

Most Read