and a Table is a relatively new-ish restaurant in
Railtown, right on the not-so-gentrified corner of Gore and
Alexander Streets. The 'hood might be a bit rough around the edges,
but it's just a few blocks from my apartment, so I'm eager to
welcome in a new neighbourhood eatery.
It's got gigantically
huge windows that let in a ton of light, a few small tables and one
giant communal table (hence the latter half name of the
restaurant). I had been dropping hints about going for a while now
and when the option of a Saturday brunch out with friends was
mentioned, I took control and our destination was set.
We arrived shortly after 10am (it's when they open) and got
their signature table since there were five of us. I had already
spent the morning perusing their brunch
menu online so I wasn't surprised at the reasonable prices and
the nice variety of items on the menu. As for the room itself, it
was beautiful and airy. White and black was the main theme and
there was a great mural of a tree and roots on one wall along with
a few fancy light fixtures. My hopes were high.
Our friendly server mentioned that the apple pancakes was her
favourite pick, but it all went over our heads, as we all had eggs
on the brain. Next time, for sure. After she took our order, she
brought over the largest French Press I had ever seen. This brunch
was off to a mighty fine start! When we quickly drained our coffee,
she had another one ready for our table. When I looked at the bar
counter, I saw a line up of presses just waiting for other guests.
It was a nice touch.
When our plates arrived, everything looked good. Two of my
friends chose the smoked salmon Benedict ($9.50), another picked
the autumn vegetable omelet ($9) and another had the Monsieur
Andres breakfast ($10) which was a tasty little sandwich full of
cured meats, cheese, an over-easy egg and hollandaise. I chose the
regular ol' Benedict with honey ham. But plain it wasn't. The
poached eggs were cooked as I had specified ("medium well") and the
hollandaise sauce was rich and flavourful. The "kitchen potatoes"
weren't fancy, but were crusty on the outside and creamy on the
inside and much like the home fries from my kitchen.
All of us
agreed that this brunch was a great start to the morning. The only
thing I would have liked to see was a fresh jam or homemade compote
to go alongside the toast. Seeing those ubiquitous little plastic
containers of Kraft strawberry jam and peanut butter reminds me
only of greasy, cheap diner food, and seemed out of place coming
from a restaurant that prides itself on local and seasonal
By the time we left, the bistro was hopping with other tables.
It's great to find a new breakfast place in Vancouver, but finding
a great one within walking distance? Um, perfection! With
reasonable prices, a beautifully cozy room, great food and good
portions, I definitely will try out Two Chefs and a Table for lunch
sometime soon. Coming back for those apple pancakes? A given.
Chefs and a Table
305 Alexander St.
Jeannette Ordas is a Vancouver-based Web Designer and Food
Blogger who is probably right now thinking about what she'll
make for dinner.
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Posted: Fri, Dec 19 2008
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