Tableau Bar and Bistro (Coal Harbour)
I was invited to the media opening of Tableau Bar and Bistro in Coal Harbour, in what is the Loden Hotel (and this used to be Voya Lounge). At first, I was a bit confused because from the get-go, you would think this is a sophisticated bistro and lounge. But some of the menu items want to be “comfort food fare”. So, I will fully confess – much as I love Tableau, I’m not sure about its identity. And I wonder if they are (aware of their own identity).
A neighbourhood bar bistro – serving an updated take on traditional French bistro fare prepared by Executive Chef Marc-André Choquette and his talented team. Discover a beautifully renovated interior that combines old world classic bistro elements with modern touches and a French-inspired menu that blends classic culinary flavours of Paris with the use of fresh west coast ingredients. A dynamic bar scene serves seasonal in-house and classic cocktails and a great selection of local and draft beers on tap as well as an eclectic mix of approachable wines built from the regions of France. The perfect place for a business lunch, meeting friends out on the patio, everyday dining, special celebrations or brunch with the family.
Come for the scene. Stay for the service. Return for the fare.
I tried the French onion soup, which was extremely good (even though I had to remove the cheese, but that’s ok). The endive and pear salad, I really didn’t like, although that might have to do with my rejection of endives. The tuna Nicoise is, as I noted on my handwritten notes, “hard to screw up”. Absolutely delicious.
I think that the thing I loved the most about Tableau Bar and Bistro was the drinks, which were impeccable. The Fiscal Agent and the Twentieth Century were absolutely delicious. I’ll definitely come back. Probably not for the food (which isn’t bad, but just not my fare), but for the drinks.
Disclosure: This is not a formal review, it’s just the summary of the media opening and thus should not be taken as a full-blown review of the restaurant/bar. I’m just noting some comments on the event itself and the dishes I tried as well as the drinks I tasted.
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