Tableau Bistro Loden Hotel – Old School Comfort

Tableau Bistro, located inside the Loden Hotel serves a locally inspired French menu.

I’m sorry, I haven’t been blogging for a while, I was dying of exhaustion. It took me 12 hours of sleep on Sunday to fully recover from a week-long binge of drinking, eating and debauchery. Vegas is not a relaxing vacation spot. ;I’ve been thinking of going on a cleanse but, seriously who was I kidding, how could a restaurant blogger go on a cleanse and still be able to blog??

Now, I’m back!

I’ve been going to Tableau a lot these past couple of weeks. I always, love coming here, if I ever wanted to relax in a comfortable and nice environment, Tableau is the first place to come to mind and, admittedly it’s one of the closest restaurants to where I live. To my friends outside of downtown…I’m sorry I made you trek all the way downtown but, aren’t you glad you did?

This is a good first date spot. If your date turns out to be a bore you would also have other first dates around you for entertainment.

The service was attentive and the food for the most part was delicious. There were a few dishes that were off but, generally they rated 4/5. Tableau makes one of the best TWENTIETH CENTURY cocktails in Vancouver gin, white chocolate syrup, lillet, lemon and, egg white.

Absolutely DELISH!

I recently went to Bottleneck on Granville, review to come, I ordered the same cocktail and they came back with some disgusting licorice mouthwash concoction. Arghhh gag I can still taste it.

So on to the food….

Lamb chops – we all loved this dish. Unfortunately, this is a seasonal dish and is no longer available on their summer menu. The meat was so packed with flavor and the smokiness really came through. 4/5.

Lamb chops
Lamb chops

Mushrooms on toast, I know, I was skeptical at first, it’s mushrooms on toast, how phenomenal could this be? Our server told us this was one of their popular appetizers so we decided to give it a try. ;I was pleasantly surprised, this was good! ; Expensive for what it is but, I’m a big fan of mushrooms and this is now one of my favourite dishes on the menu 4.5/5

Mushrooms on toast
Mushrooms on toast

French onion soup, crouton-less, the fragrant was amazing. This rich soup was so flavourful, after I finished the bowl, I was pretty much full.

French onion soup, crouton-less
French onion soup, crouton-less

Burger and fries – Gruyère cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato. I rate burgers by the quality of the patty and the condiments. The patty was juicy and the bun was toasted. Other than the Gruyère there wasn’t much that set this burger apart from every other burger. 3/5

Burger and fries
Burger and fries

Rabbit Dijionaise pan-fried, although it tasted like it was braised. The meat was a sopping mess. 2/5

Rabbit Dijionaise pan fried
Rabbit Dijionaise pan-fried

Beef tartare, the quality of the meat was superb. 4/5

Beef Tartare  with quail egg
Beef Tartare with quail egg

Gnocchi pan-fried was nice and buoyant, often gnocchi’s are doughy, this was perfect. 4/5

Gnocchi pan fried
Gnocchi pan-fried

Garganelli pasta with meatballs was simple and delicious. 4/5.

Garganelli pasta with meatballs
Garganelli pasta with meatballs

Steelhead trout with quinoa 3.5/5

Steelhead trout with
Steelhead trout with

Banana cake and peanut brittle and carmalized and chocolate ice-cream. They ran out of peanut brittle, and cake itself was hard and too dense. 2/5 I was looking forward to the peanut brittle too.

Banana cake with peanut brittle
Banana cake with peanut brittle

Coffee cheesecake, light in texture and also in flavor. 2.5/5

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Fraiche – French Fine Dining at It’s Best

Fraiche – French Fine Dining, Top French Restaurant

Food Persuasion Level : [rating=4]
Value: [rating=3]
Service : [rating=5]
Ambiance: [rating=5]
Price: $$
Cuisine: French Fine Dining
Location: West Vancouver
Fraiche Restaurant
Tel (604) 925-7595

Amazing fine French restaurant overlooking scenic city views. Almost everything about our experience at Fraiche was impeccable. From the warm and personalized service to the amazing food and the spectacular views.

Now the Food..

Starters

Seared Albacore Tuna Tataki – cucumber & micro green salad, spicy asian black bean vinaigrette. Light and refreshing and tuna cooked very well, too bad it was a size of a quarter.

Albacore Tuna Tataki - Food Persuasion
Albacore Tuna Tataki

Duck Liver Parfait – country bread toasts, seasonal chutney. Very flavourful and liver was not too overpowering as found in some.

Duck Liver Parfait - Food Persuasion Image
Duck Liver Parfait

Mains

Pan seared Steelhead Salmon – turned potatoes, provencal garnish, sautéed shellfish, rich aromatic tomato saffron emulsion. Amazing! The tang from the apricot and lemon sauce highlights the the sweetness of the perfectly cooked salmon. Explosion of flavor

Steelhead Salmon - Food Persuasion
Steelhead Salmon

House-made Turkey Boudin – spiced with caramelized onion, winter fruits & herbs, apricot chutney, pomme purée, haricot vert. I expected more flavor in the turkey, a bit bland for me. The mash was very creamy not overly salty.

Turkey Boudin - Food Persuasion
Turkey Boudin

Desserts

Pear & Almond Tart – chantilly cream, spiced caramel sauce. It was above par however the Coconut Brulée – toasted coconut tuille, chocolate sorbet is the clear winner. It was lovely not too sweet, the texture was smooth and creamy. The sugar layer was crispy without being burnt.

Pear & Almond Tart - Food Persuasion
Pear & Almond Tart
Coconut Brulée - Food Persuasion
Coconut Brulée

Fraiche gets Food Persuasion of Date Restaurant Approval. A bit of a warning if you are not familiar with West Vancouver this place is quite hidden and off of the busy major streets, bring your GPS.

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