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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Little Bird Bistro – Mouthwatering French Comfort Food

Little Bird Bistro – Portland Downtown – French Cuisine

Food Persuasion Rating: 4/5
Cuisine Type: French
Location: Portland, OR

Little Bird Bistro
Little Bird Bistro

This restaurant received so much hype, it’s Portland’s hotspot restaurant. We went on a Saturday night, it was a packed house, reservations recommended. The atmosphere was charming and cozy and service was friendly and warm.

Now the Food..

Starting with the charcuterie plate Features changes daily. Pork rillettte and pickled onions, pistachio truffle sausage and potato salad, foie gras brulee and apricot jam, oxtail terrine and onion jam, duck terrine and pickled cherries. The foie gras brulee was amazing! I could eat a soup bowl of it. 4.5/5

charcuterie plate
charcuterie plate

Duck confit, creamed corn, roasted mushroom, very good. It’s a filling and heavy dish so be warned 4/5

duck confit
duck confit

Roasted lamb ribs, grilled cucumber salad herbed yogurt appetizer. Although the portion size was of an entree 3.5/5 for the food but, for the value 4/5.

Roasted Lamb
Roasted Lamb

Smoked trout with almond purée. We were not a fan of the deep fried smoked trout balls. The fish itself was mashed. 2/5

Potato bacon fromage side 4/5. nice smokey flavor. everything was balanced

potato bacon fromage
potato bacon fromage

Roasted short rib, bordelaise, horse radish- sliced once and the whole
thing just fell apart. it was so tender. This was by far our favourite dish throughout our entire trip. 5/5

short ribs
short ribs

Spinach & cream & almond, this was reordered, the first batch had an overload of sodium to the point that it tasted bitter. The second order came out perfectly, it was smooth creamy and all together very good.  3.5/5

spinach and cream and almonds
spinach and cream and almonds

Steak, the flavour was there but the cut of the meat was too chewy.  2/5

Steak
Steak

Stump grounds coffee, a local Portland coffee brand. It was too watered down. 2/5

Sorbet & ice-cream samplers. this was amazing. i would definitely order this again  4.5/5

sorbet & icecream

Complimentary pistachio madelines, who can complain, this was good.

madellines

 

 

 

 

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