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Think Globally Eat Locally: Tapestry Bistro

It's not health food, exactly, but sensible preparation techniques and imaginatively presented ingredients create a series of sensational taste experiences with every visit.

By Karen Burson
Published February 11, 2009

Tapestry Bistro, 27 Dundurn Street North
Phone: (905) 481-2166
Website: http://tapestrybistro.ca

The dining space occupied by Tapestry Bistro is a refection of the rough 'n' ready, yet sweet character of the building's inviting exterior. The details of the converted former hydro station make the space feel by turns romantic and utilitarian. Warm brick and wrought iron, soaring ceilings and curved lines all combine to give Tapestry a feeling of modernity wrapped in an era gone by.


Tapestry Bistro: by turns romantic and utilitarian

The menu concept is tapas-esque, but the portions are generous enough to be considered tapas-plus. This approach allows diners follow their appetites and order as they go. A dish or two can act as a satisfying snack or a complete meal, while it's fun to create your own combos that are perfect for shared tastings with a group.

Try a little heap of crispy mushroom dumplings with ginger and miso dip, then move on to oregano roasted chicken, rounded out with braised fall greens, oven-roasted root veggies or jasmine rice.

Sustainability-minded folks will love the numerous vegan and veggie options, especially desirable during their Sunday brunch. Where else can you find curried scrambled tofu in Hamilton?

While the menu shows a clear Asian influence, it also features items that can only be described as classic comfort food. This approach hits all the right spots on an adventurous palate, so the resulting selection manages to be eclectic without seeming scattered.

Since owner Sam Robertson has a fondness for other people's old family recipes, it's no surprise that he describes his creations as "good food ... like mom used to make, but prettier."

Staff are consistently charming, helpful and attentive. Food is just plain good. The wine list, created by Niagara-based sommelier Karen LaVigne, even includes mead. The honeyed taste and golden colour are lovely with the cheese fondue.

Since Tapestry puts its emphasis on ecologically farmed, seasonal and local ingredients) one constant at this new establishment will be change. Look for seasonally evolving menus - designed to take advantage of superb regional ingredients - prepared and served at their peak.

Robertson is highly conscious of how flavours are best revealed, which makes for a menu that offers nutritious, real foods that both chef and diner can feel good about.

It's not health food, exactly, but sensible preparation techniques and imaginatively presented ingredients create a series of sensational taste experiences with every visit.


Staff are consistently charming, helpful and attentive. Food is just plain good.

Karen Burson is a self-trained chef living in Hamilton. She established the Bread & Roses Café that operated out of the Sky Dragon Community Development Cooperative in downtown Hamilton. This organic/fair trade café won a major national award from Canadian Organic Growers in its first year of operation, on a shoestring budget, with no paid advertising or marketing. Karen went on to establish Kidzfood, the city's only local/organic healthy school lunch service, which now serves three area schools. Karen is now the new Project Manager for Hamilton Eat Local, under the wing of Environment Hamilton. She administers three busy blogs, writes for two monthly publications (H Magazine and Mayday), and is founder and a current Co-chair of Slow Food Hamilton.

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By Ani (anonymous) | Posted February 20, 2009 at 16:01:04

I absolutely loved the Tapestry Bistro. Went for Valentines day, and am going back a week later for a Birthday celebration because we where so impressed. Food is Organic, rich in taste and I'm still thinking about the Day soup I tried and the Free Range chicken consumed. My new favourite.

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