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mcberko (134) Vancouver, British Columbia | June 21, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 12/20
Great little place when youíve got some $ to spare. Very wide selection of Belgian bottles, similar to BierCraft. The mark-up is similar to BierCraft, but if youíre dining here, price probably isnít the biggest concern. The food is excellent, very high quality and of prime delicacy. Would come back if not on my dime.
rhhm (10) British Columbia | August 31, 2010
40 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 8/20
I finally made it to Chambar after hearing a few friends rave about the place. However, other friends have told me itís totally over-rated...
Throughout the night, we had to ask for our server every time we wanted something! This would invariably lead to a five minute wait for him to arrive.
Now to the food. We ordered the Moule Vin Blanc, and they were delicious... plump and seemingly fresh until we found two unopened ones at the bottom of the pot. In a restaurant that prides themselves on the quality of their mussles, one wouldnít expect this. Iíve never found unopened mussles in any restaurant Iíve eaten at before, and Iíve had many bowls of steamed mussles. We mentioned this to the waiter, who reluctantly retreated with the bowl and came back with TWO opened mussles... say no more.
Now the food... The foie gras starter was good, but I couldnít taste any truffle in the brioche. The lamb shanks were slightly dry and the sauce was too heavily spiced. And donít let the "tajine" fool you - I watched the chefs simply assemble the food in it as opposed to actually cooking the food in them. The duck breast was very good and the accompanying butternut and ricotta gnocchi were to die for. My steak was cooked as ordered and was very good, but the roasted king oyster mushrooms were nowhere in sight, substituted with seared scallops that did not appear on the menu... good thing Iím not allergic to shellfish. However, I question serving a Bourguignon sauce with what turned out to be a surf and turf entree.
All in all, an interesting evening... I wonít return. Fine dining? Definitely not. Upscale pub food in a noisy bar setting for affluent youngsters who have the time to wait for service at their table? Yup.
stantheman (28) British Columbia | January 16, 2010
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Belgian beer only. A good tap and bottled selection. Precious food! The petit plats are exquisite and (no surprise) pricey. Knowledgeable staff. Very good service.
foodie1977 (2) , British Columbia | December 21, 2006
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Food was great! Hostess was snarky, server did not want to be there. Great drinks and nice room. Food was excellent but pretty snooty!
CapFlu (190) Victoria, British Columbia | March 15, 2005
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Ambiance and presentation are key at Chambar. Not the most obvious location from the outside, this restaurant looks dark and is on a secondary street - though once inside you see that it is a place for the young and accomplished to hang-out... and spend. Its pricey - very pricey. The portion of Elk Loin was very generous for $20 though the vegetables could have fit in a bubblegum wrapper. The beer selection was very limited at only 15 bottles.
Oakes (612) Savusavu, Fiji Islands | March 10, 2005
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Pricey by beer geek standards (though the beer is reasonable), this is a stylish after-work spot. Itís very popular, too, and we were lucky to get a table without a reservation. Definitely call ahead. The food was delicious, the service fine. The staff arenít pretentious either. The beer list is short but quality. Almost all Belgians. A nice, if pricey, night out.
JoeMcPhee (465) Toronto, ON, Ontario | December 21, 2004| Updated August 3, 2005
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
A new Belgian restaurant on the Vancouver scene. Located near Tinseltown, not far from the Stadium Skytrain station. What looks like a small front actually hides a fairly large restaurant/beer bar. Nice atmosphere, if a bit noisy the night I was there. The food is great, featuring Belgian inspired dishes, moules frites, bouilliabaise, pepper steak etc. There are some other dishes that arenít really Belgian per se, but are very well done (lamb tagine). The beer list is fairly small, there is one rotating tap of "Chambar Ale", which I think was actually Granville Islandís Merry Monk, plus the standard 4 headed Interbrew Belgian taps containing Leffe, Stella, Hoegaarden, and Bellevue Kriek. They also had about 15 bottles, which appeared to be the best that the BC liquor stores stock, bud sadly nothing that I couldnít get for a third of the price myself, Abbaye des Rocs, Binchoise Speciale Noel, Binchoise Blond, Saison Dupont, Chimay Red Cap, Echt Kriek, Petrud Oud Bruin and a few others that Iím forgetting right now. A nice addition to the Vancouver restaurant scene.
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