I have had my eye on Table Bistro for quite a while but the universe just did not provide the circumstances for us to visit until recently. I had seen that their menu offered quite a number of vegan options. I recently read a review of this place by a local food blogger but sadly, he did not acknowledge the fact that TB has plant-based options. Just not important? I think it is huge, personally. Our server/head bartender even assured us that the younger management group had specifically made an effort to accommodate the local vegan population plus maybe they just give a damn about the planet and its inhabitants.
Table Bistro, Abbotsford - Vegan Options
TB is located on Bevan Avenue adjacent to Mill Lake in a recently built residential tower. There is street parking which is no problem. We arrived early in the day and were seated right away.
We decided to try the one vegan pizza on their menu which is the Mediterranean. We were taken aback by the lack of cheese on this pizza (they do use vegan cheese on other items) but in the end, we did not miss it. The crust was quite good although we thought it could have used a little more char and indeed when we reheated the leftovers in our oven, the crust was even better. The sweet potato hummus base was quite delicious as were the roasted eggplant, peppers and balsamic glaze. The arugula on top was a nice touch as the peppery flavour provided a tasty finish.
The Plant Smashburger was a hit for us. The patty is not made in-house so maybe Impossible or something but the smashing process worked very well and gave a bit of a crust which one looks for. A decent bun, melty cheese and basic condiments resulted in a very good burger that we would order again. It came with a side and we went with their Tomato Soup made with San Marzanos and roasted peppers. This was also very good.
The Spicy Peanut Bowl probably qualifies as our favourite. There was some serious substance here. The base noodle was fettuccini and the sauce was just slightly spicy (you can top it up with chilli oil) and very rich and peanuty. More roasted veggies, peanuts, green onion and crispy garlic made this dish excellent whether you are vegan or not!
We found this to be a very pleasant and relaxing environment with very accommodating and informed staff. There are quite a few more plant-based items on the menu that we would like to come back and try. It was nice also, that the menu items are labelled vegan so that we didn't have to search and ask a million questions. We are impressed with the forward-thinking management group and hope that introducing people to more cruelty-free cuisine is a trend out in the Valley. BTW, we took probably 1/3 of our food home due to the generous servings.
Food 4 1/2 out of 5
Vegan Options 4 out of 5
Comfort 4 1/2 out of 5
Service 4 1/2 out of 5
Value 4 1/2 out of 5
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