Two Chefs and a Table: A hidden gem in Gastown
I am always in search of great places to eat, ones that are tucked away and a little harder to find. When your efforts of actually finding the restaurant are rewarded with a great dining experience, well that just seems to be all the more worthwhile. Two Chefs and a Table certainly ticked both boxes for me.
Nestled on the corner of Alexander Street and Gore Avenue it is set away from the usual hustle and bustle of Gastowns bars and other eateries. Located in a restored heritage building, this restaurant presented as a small venue but one loaded with charm and character. On entering you couldn’t help but feel the warmth and notice the abundance of natural light streaming through the large bay windows. The chandeliers and artwork also added to the chic feel.
Beautiful chandeliers add to the ambiance of Two Chefs and a Table
Two Chefs and a Table offers brunch, lunch and dinner service however it was the brunch that I was eager to explore for my first visit. Despite arriving at a fairly early hour for a Sunday morning, 10:00am, we were quickly seated and were lucky to secure one of the last remaining tables. There must have been fewer than 30 seats, made up of smaller tables of two and four and one larger communal table for eight.
French press is the only way they serve their coffee, so we ordered one of those and then began the difficult task of deciding which one of the delicious offerings we would order. I had heard great things about their Chicken and Waffles and set on the table beside us it certainly looked a treat, but it was their Sloping Hills ham eggs benedicts that I decided to go with and my partner ordered the pancakes.
French Press Coffee always a nice way to start a brunch
The eggs benedict was served on these great home made muffins, which were slightly firmer than the more common English muffin variety. The eggs were cooked to perfection and just how I like them, slightly firm on the outside and soft and gooey in the middle. But it was the ham and the hollandaise sauce that really completed the dish. The sauce had a perfect balance of flavour and not too large a portion to drown and overpower the eggs and ham.
The eggs benedict with homemade muffins and ham
My partners buttermilk pancakes was quite a large dish and came with three large portions. The description on the menu of being with fresh seasonal fruits was a little misleading in that there was very little in the way of fruit, however the maple syrup and vanilla butter more than made up for it and were the perfect accompaniment and really completed the meal.
Fluffy buttermilk pancakes with vanilla butter and syrup
All in all it was a great meal at a modest price. You felt like you could just sit back, relax and enjoy a lazy Sunday over a few more cups of coffee. Although I didn't have the luxury of extending this experience I know I will be back for more.
For those of you located on the south side of town, you can now enjoy all that Two Chefs and a Table has to offer with their new location in Richmond having been opened in November last year.
Two Chefs and a Table