The cutely named ‘Two Chefs and a Table‘ restaurant is right on edge of ‘edgier, fringier, and cooler to be here’ part of Chinatown/Gastown. It’s sweet quaint decor reminds me of a low key romantic verson of Finch’s.
When we got there around 7pm, it was surprisingly quiet for a Friday night. We were done our dinner around 9pm and we were pretty much the only diners there. That night’s lack of patrons was not a reflection of their food though…which was pretty amazing.
We first whetted our appetites with blue crab tartare
It was a mix of blue crab meat, avocado, red pepper, cucumber, and citrus zest. Each bite was filled with the delicate flaky crab meat. In its delicateness, it was decadent too.
And we had the best looking and tasting spinach salad
The salad was better-than-salad-bar with prosciutto, warm wild mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and candied walnuts. Even though the ingredients sound pretty simple and basic, it was nicely put together with a slightly sweet balsamic vinaigrette.
As my main, I ordered the Coq au Vin
It was polderside farms redbro chicken which has been red wine braised, baby zuchinni on top of braised white beans. Unfortunately, I found the flavours lacking. I expected a stronger red wine flavour and the chicken wasn’t as tender as I like it to be. It seemed like it should have been braised a couple of hours longer. The whole dish was more like light chicken stew.
My dinner partner in crime ordered the steak frites
It was nicely prepared triple A sirloin, addictive shoestring fries, tarragon aioli, and butter braised tomatoes. I only nibbled at the fries but here’s a picture of the plate.
The restaurant has one of the best warm intimate rooms this side of Vancouver. It was unfortunate that it wasn’t busy at all that night. Our waitress was attentive but the rest of the staff seemed despondent because of the lack of business. I’ve heard great things about brunch here so definitely look forward to coming back to this cute little spot. If you don’t mind checking out this part of town, it can also serve as the scene of a quiet romantic date.
Two Chefs and a Table
305 Alexander St