Tableau Bar Bistro

After weeks of planning and rescheduling, SheShe and I finally got together for brunch. She was really wanting to try chicken and waffles, which seem to have seen a rise in popularity as of late. I of course was not one to object… I mean it’s fried chicken come on! So we looked into the best in the city and decided on visiting Tableau Bar Bistro.  They were also one of the few that actually take reservations for brunch!

Tableau: Mimosas

What’s brunch without Mimosas ($10)?  We ordered some to start.  It’s your usual fare.

Tableau: Chicken and Waffles

The Chicken and Waffles ($15) were served with maple syrup.  I would’ve like the waffles to be thicker, perhaps the Belgian type.  The chicken was very nicely battered and crisp and juicy.  However as good as fried chicken was, I didn’t get the big WOW from this dish.  I think I was disappointed by the thinness of the waffles.

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Miura Waffle Milk Bar new location launch

Miura Waffle Milk Bar exterior

Miura Waffle + Milk Bar has just moved to its new Main & Broadway digs and they kindly hosted a pre-launch tasting event for the folks who had written about them in the past.  Wendy reviewed the old downtown location a while back, so we got an invite and figured this time I could give a second opinion on the place.  We got to sample literally every food item on the menu plus a few new drinks!

Miura Waffle Milk Bar interior

The newly reno’d interior was clean and sported bar and table seating with a view of the kitchen in the back.  Now for a word about the “yoggys” and “sandos” on offer here: this ain’t your momma’s waffle shack.  Miura’s motto is “NO FORK & KNIFE, NO SYRUP”.  They make waffle sandwiches here, both savoury and sweet, and sando is short for sandowicchi (the Japanese pronunciation of sandwich), and are meant to be eaten with your hands.  Yoggys are yogurt-y milk drinks which are slightly thicker and tangier than regular milk.

Miura Waffle Milk Bar: Miura Shakes

First we tried some items from the Miura Shake menu.  These are all new items launched with the location change.  Clockwise from top left are the G8, Corny, and two Cara-Misos.  The G8 (stands for 8-grain) is the health-conscious one of the group with a blend of red, green, and mung beans, brown and black rice, and wheat berries plus a couple more we forgot.  It definitely tastes healthy with a kind of rice-y malt flavour.  If you can imagine a drink version of Sugar Crisp cereal you’ve hit the nail on the head.  The Corny is sweet corn with vanilla ice cream, and the Cara-Miso is Miura’s fusion take on classic salted caramel treats, but they combine their house-made caramel sauce with red miso (?!) for the salted portion.  Trust us, it tastes like HEAVEN and was the star player here.  These were sample sizes with the standard 16 oz. versions going for $6.49.

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Caffe bene – Myeongdong, Seoul Korea

It was really nice to not have a set schedule when you’re on vacation.  For our Korean trip, Fannypack and I have an understanding that it’ll be relaxed, not having to rush to sight-see and make time.  Some may think it’s a waste of a plane ticket, but we didn’t feel that way at all.  We only lament that we didn’t get to eat everything we wanted to try.

There were quite a few famous coffee shops that are really close to our hotel.  We decided to visit one of them for breakfast the next day.  Korean drama fans should recognize this one- Caffe bene.

Caffe bene in Myeongdong, Seoul Korea

I myself am not such a fan.  Therefore I had no idea what this is.  However, seeing that big poster on the side with who I can only assume to be a super famous Korean teen actor (he was on EVERYTHING….makeup shop posters, normal posters….he has great skin…and looks like a girl…), it should be safe to say this was one such coffee shop that had been on a drama.

Caffe bene in Myeongdong, Seoul Korea

Caffe bene in Myeongdong, Seoul Korea

I must say, the interior of Caffe bene is very, very nice.  There’s a lot of 3D metalworks of flowers and just a very nice ambiance all around…too bad it’s so cold.

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Miura Waffle Milk Bar

Miura Waffle Milk Bar exterior

When S saw my Facebook album of the foods I ate in Japan, she was especially intrigued by the waffles over there.  So apparently she feverishly googled for a local source of Japanese-style waffle.  Miura Waffle Milk Bar was what she found.

Miura Waffle Milk Bar interior

It’s located near Yaletown but I thought it’s quite inconspicuous, so make sure you look out for it.  Small, quaint little cafe and the owners (?) were very friendly.

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Wannawafel

Market Square in Victoria, BC

I went to a congress in Victoria for work.  Yep.  Victoria.  Actually, it was Sidney.  Even worse.  I asked around beforehand about where to go to eat, and a fun place called Wannawafel came up.  It was located in downtown Victoria.  And they serve waffles.  So my roommate SheShe and I decided we were going to go there.

Wannawafel exterior

Wannawafel interior

I didn’t expect it to be so small.  But apparently it was bigger than what my friend thought it would be.  She thought it was going to be just a cart.  I guess they expanded.  They were very aromatic though.  We could smell their waffles from the outside.

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