July 16, 2015

WEEKENDER | Brunch x Tableau Bar Bistro x Loden Hotel

Tableau Bar Bistro | Loden Hotel @ Coal Harbour, Vancouver

Coal Harbour—(July 11, 2015) Tableau Bar Bistro's fine French cuisine extends to their brunch service from Executive Chef Marc-André Choquette inside the boutique Loden Hotel. Last week, Tableau held a tasting to showcase their weekend offerings on their outdoor patio on a misty summer morning.

Tableau Bar Bistro | Loden Hotel @ Coal Harbour, Vancouver

Sipping on the 1181 cocktail (with gin, elderflower, lemonade, and sparkling wine) upped the classical feel of our surroundings and general French inspiration in the air. Full of citrus and gin flavours, it's a refreshingly tart libation.

Tableau Bar Bistro | Loden Hotel @ Coal Harbour, Vancouver

This bacon Caesar (with house-made bacon infused vodka and Clamato juice) did not disappoint with an unmistakable yet mild bacon flavour throughout. I'm far from a Caesar or Bloody Mary fan, but this was more than easy drinking with a pleasingly subtle richness to it.

Tableau Bar Bistro | Loden Hotel @ Coal Harbour, Vancouver

I, of course, had to try the buttermilk fried chicken and waffles (with maple syrup and chicken gravy) and despite being rather basic looking, I found it very appetizing. The flat, thin, and perfectly circular waffle made it easy to wrap the boneless, breaded white chicken pieces coated in syrup and gravy. While still substantial, this was a lighter take on the ubiquitous Southern dish.

Tableau Bar Bistro | Loden Hotel @ Coal Harbour, Vancouver

The steelhead trout (with scrambled eggs, spinach, and béarnaise sauce) came recommended despite seeming initially unremarkable. I did indeed find it a rather satisfying fish dish full of creamy flavours suitable for our mid-morning meal.

Tableau Bar Bistro | Loden Hotel @ Coal Harbour, Vancouver

I also quite enjoyed my café au lait (with steamed milk) for its crisp yet frothy texture. It was a nice treat over brunch. For dessert, the chocolate mouse (served in a sundae glass) was a darkly sweet treat with hints of hazelnut and the lemon tart was bursting with flavour in its general robust, fruity tanginess.

Tableau Bar Bistro | Loden Hotel @ Coal Harbour, Vancouver

Overall, Tableau's detailed yet comforting selection of brunch items are fairly complementary and more enjoyable on the whole (sharing is recommended) rather than over each individual dish. I suggest ordering a side to fill out your meal (we ordered bacon and frites).

Tableau Bar Bistro | Loden Hotel @ Coal Harbour, Vancouver

From the cocktails, éntrees, and sides, everything mostly fits together well in Tableau's unassuming yet satisfying French style brunch menu. It makes for a fancy feeling meal.


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