Tableau is a neighbourhood bar bistro – serving an updated take on traditional French bistro fare prepared by Executive Chef Marc-André Choquette.
We use to go here when it was Voya and were interested in what they would do with the restaurant. I understand the chef is the same. It's a nice upscale bistro. The food is outstanding. I'm still raving about the seared tuna!! The service is good. Water attended to. Waiter pours your wine. The waiter answers all your silly questions about the food and help you understand the menu. They leave you alone to enjoy your meal. The only caveat is that the area we were seated at was noisy. Which on a Sat night is understandable. The menu pricing was reasonable, which will make me want to come back more often and check out the rest of the menu!
Dined in, and were seated at our reservation. We were brought some water and the meal went on, no complaints until we got the bill. $3 per person for water? I asked what that was for and she said "we have an in house filtration system" ....
Who really cares if you double filter your water, the water out of the tap in BC is so perfect it doesnt need to be filtered again. Rather than make a scene I just wasnt going to tip but my wife decided it wasnt here fault for such a stupid policy. If they just would have told us at the beginning, no problem... I would have declined, but to tack that sort of stuff on the bill is just dumb. Did you think I wouldnt notice?
The food was ok, I had the duck confit and it was just slightly overdone, in general the meals were all fine and nothing to complain about. Personally I've had better ambiance, food and service at other comparable establishments but I guess its what you like. The water scam just ruined a perfectly good evening, its all we could talk about for the rest of the evening and likely the story will be retold countless times to come.
I cannot believe there is only one review for this place so far. My friends and I went on a Tuesday night and it was packed, so we were obviously not the only ones who appreciate the place. I also came here when it was Voya too - while I enjoyed the food and service, the pricing was too steep for regular dinner. I am very pleased that this boutique hotel now has a perfect bistro restaurant - it fits. What is impressing is that while the prices are much more down to earth, the food and service remain at the high quality and standard as before. The ambiance is casual and unpretentious - it has a cozy and comfortable vibe about it - just the way a busy bistro is supposed to be! A group of us tried various things and almost everyone liked all the appys and entrees. Desserts are okay - not as amazing as some of the entrees in my opinion. Wine list was also decent with choices for wine by glass. Overall, the value is outstanding and I have no doubt that I will come back regularly.
If there is one minor complaint, it's that the light is relatively dim, and the type and size of lettering used on the menu are a bit hard to read - have to squint in order to read all the menu items...
Monday night a friend and I found ourselves at Tableau for a late dinner (I think it was 830). As we entered the restaurant we were greeted and then seated about 1/2 meter away from the table beside us in a relatively empty restaurant. Upon request, we were seated elsewhere and had we known the service we were about to get at this particular table, we would have stayed at the previous uncomfortable table. I have spent 15 years of my life as a fine dining server, I don't do it anymore but I can tell you what was drilled in my head even before wine or food training, and that was the ability to "read" a table. My friend and I hadn't seen each other in quite some time so the conversation was excellent and by no means did we exude a feeling of being rushed,so it struck me as odd when our server asked us what we would like for dinner moments after seating because she "thought we were hungry". Even before our "before dinner cocktail" was enjoyed with a "cheers" and a sip, our server was BACK asking if we were ready (and they were not closing... we asked). Dinner was served, we ordered a variety of small plates that we shared and thoroughly enjoyed. We shared a bottle of wine and during the course of enjoying the delicious food, wine, conversation and laughter our server had come back to our table SIX times (we counted) asking "how you guys are doing". Let me reiterate that the restaurant was not full and small, getting her attention after one quality check would have been easy. After dinner, dessert was suggested and declined so our check was presented within seconds without an after dinner drink suggestion or even a request for the bill. We did order a glass of bubbles to finish the night which was clearly not an idea that our server was happy with.
I debated whether to write a review about this but now, three days later, I still cannot believe that in a city where there is so much restaurant competition, and really good competition, service like this exists - it is unacceptable and does not compliment the menu.
PS - Wearing loud high heeled shoes that resonate throughout the restaurant with each step on the floor is another server no-no.
The hostess was rude and wasn't friendly in the least. Service was very slow. My steak tartare to start was very bland, and the potato chips that accompanied it were drenched in salt; very overpriced for the small amount it was. My scallops and pork belly were even more overpriced, and were less than mediocre. Somehow, they made the pork belly bland. The scallops were obviously rushed; they were overcooked on the outside, and undercooked on the inside. For scallops, a terrible mix. On top of that, there were only two scallops, and it cost $16; I was expecting three or four. Our server was jovial and nice, but he didn't split up the bill when that was clearly wanted-- always frustrating. Our waters were not refilled until we asked at the very end of the meal. When I got the bill, I discovered the can of coke I had was $4! Absurd. At least the bread was very good?