Sunday, June 5, 2011

Tableau Bar Bistro

Same chef, new concept. At the Loden Hotel, what was Voya is now Tableau Bar Bistro, where the room and menu have been repurposed to cater more to locals – meaning less formal. Yes, we Vancouverites love good food, and we appreciate sophisticated food, however, essentially we are a casual town.

The French-inspired bistro theme creates a comfortable space and an approachable menu. While their offerings are classic, I think the specialness of the food is about its execution. My friend’s Duck Confit Hash with Poached Egg and Tomato Caponata was fresh-tasting and playfully presented and my Croque Monsieur was perfectly greasy (in the best way possible). Being a spot known for its cocktails, I was happy to see some interesting non-alcoholic drinks also available. The Spiced Apple Mule made with apple cider, lime juice and ginger beer was a highlight.

1181 Melville Street
Brunch hours: Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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