Late last week I met up with my friend Vince (who works in the Gastown area) for lunch. We decided to hit up Two Chefs and a Table on Alexander Street, upon his recommendation (I have also heard good things from a couple of others in the past). I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of type of food they serve, since I hadn’t actually looked it up beforehand, but it turned out to be what I would call a variety of comfort food.
When I drove up, I noticed that it was a quaint looking heritage building that had been redone and turned into the restaurant it is today. Once I walked in, I saw the open kitchen and bar at the very back, fronted by a variety of dining room tables throughout, filled with many diners. It seemed like a cozy and warm atmosphere, and felt like a place I could dawdle and enjoy a drawn-out meal with friends.
We decided to try a few lunch menu items and share them so that we could get a bit more variety, so we started things off by splitting their Weekly Noodle Bowl (they have a different one for every day of the week). Since it was a Thursday, we had the Szechuan version, and added shrimp to it (chicken is the other available option). This was served with red bell peppers, red onion, baby bok choy and zucchini. The sauce didn’t seem to be too overwhelming or overly salty, and based on it being a more Westernized version of an Asian dish, it wasn’t half bad (just keep in mind that it’s far from authentic).
Next, we had the Croque Monsieur, served with a side salad. The salad itself was made up of lettuce with a sweet mango flavour over top, which I quite liked (although Vince wasn’t huge on having a fruity dressing). There wasn’t much to it beyond that though. The sandwich contained chicken and brie with bacon and a french dijon on a grilled baguette. I could have used a slightly bigger serving of this, but it was good nonetheless.
Finally, we tried the Macaroni and Cheese, made with a four-cheese sauce and served with a side of fries. It was creamy and had a sharp cheddar crust. The fries themselves were thin and crispy as well and I really liked them. I couldn’t stop eating them actually.
Two Chef provides catering and event planning services, with a focus on workplace events. They will put together a custom menu for people’s needs, and the bistro itself provides a place to see the chefs in action and taste their wares.
Overall, it was pretty good. I’ve heard better things about their brunch than their lunch menu, and will likely go back one of these weekends to give it a shot.