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Chambar

568 Beatty Street
Vancouver, BC V6B2L3
Tel: (604) 879-7119 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 879-7118
Neighbourhood: Central

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My New Favorite Restuarant in Vancouver
By Conors of West Vancouver, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, September 9, 2011 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

So, i've been slowly working my way through the highest rated and best restaurants in Vancouver and tonight I finally made it to Chambar. I've heard it was good before but every time i tried to book it was either full or the times didn't work. This is my own fault as I always call on the night i'm going somewhere and just see who's got spaces available.
Anyway, as usual i called, they had a table in 3 hours at 9pm which was too late but i thought i'd just call down anyway and take a spot in the lounge which is drop in. On arrival, the lounge turned out to be a couple of knee height tables at the front door, more of a drinks spot and I didn't fancy a seat at a bar for a high end restuarnat like this. We were about to leave when the Maitre de cut us a break and gave us a table in the main restuarant, which was, to be fair, completely full. SO, Great start!

For the starters we had some fish carpachio which was better than any beef carpacchio i have ever tried... If i hadn't known i would never have guessed it was fish actually.. Truly amazing flavours and tastes. My wife had the Terrine, which was smooth, creamy and served with what looked like french toast, which actually tasted better than the pate.. both beautiful. My daughter had a tapas selection, loved the shrimp, but a bit suspicious of the chilli and anchovy sauce.. I tried it and it was ok, but to be fair i'd never eaten a whole chilli before... Not my thing normally.

Mains we had Steak, Lamb and duck breast for my daughter. All were honestly amazing, with outstanding presentation and little accompaniments for sides that i'd never seen before.. Cool bruscettas, cus cus and some sort of mini dumpling.

Overall the experience was fantastic. Enough so that i felt compelled to write my first review of a restaurant despite trying pretty much all of the top ones in Vancouver.

Pricewise this place ain't cheap costing about $250 for the three of us including one glass of wine and one beer but for me, defiantly worth it

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Where To Go If You Are Pretentious & Clueless
By Marriedtoablonde of new west minister (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 2, 2011 - 8:40am [Dine in]

So this is supposed to be the classy restaurant of Vancouver? I'll stick with Crocodile thankyou!! I guess people are equating expensive-for-no-reason with classy. Their seafood specialties are average. Mussels? How much? For what? In this tiny room? From the unsmiling waitress? Why am I waiting this long?

I feel that this restaurant might have been good at one time but that time, if it ever existed, has passed. Now people who do not know try to impress people who should know by going here. Expensive for NO reason

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Decent night out
By sarona of santa clara california (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 25, 2011 - 11:07pm [Dine in]

Recommended by local acquaintances so I tried this place out on a week night. Good buzz going on and the staff was friendly. The mussels were first class but the cous cous lamb was not spectacular. Our server was knowledgable and friendly, even recommending places to dine and see.

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Horrible food and service
By juliaroz07 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 24, 2011 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

The food is not good, went there twice just too make sure that I didn't just have a one bad meal. When told the server that I can not eat the side meat that came with the fish he said he can bring fries instead but will have to charge for them. Both times coudn't eat my $30 main course, service is poor and overall after dinner we were hungry and had to go get some take out. Really recommand to stay away.

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Great restaurant
By Zanna of Vancouver (downtown) (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 21, 2011 - 12:19am [Dine in]

I've been at Chambar for dinner a couple of times and I have to say I always enjoyed it.

Last time I went I ordered the trio of appetizer which included escargot. It was the first time for me to eat snails and I really enjoyed it. For main course I ordered the venison it was cooked medium rare to perfection and served with different type of sauces. The mustard based sauce was absolutely amazing (and this comes from someone that don't usually like mustard).

My girlfriend is vegetarian and at the beginning were were a little disappointed that there were no vegetarian disces what so ever on the menu. The waiter tho was very help full that they cooked up a custom disc for her to order.

The ambience is really romantic although a little too busy during weekends.

Service was excellent throughout and the price on the expensive side.

I would definitely recommend Chambar for a special romantic dinner or just to enjoy some excellent food.

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Great Mussels & Frites
By VcrFoodie of Coal Habour (21 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 12:07am [Dine in]

Had dinner with 4 friends on a Thursday evening and it was a full house at 6 pm! I started off the blue fig cocktail and was amazed to find how well it paired with the blue cheese it came with. My entree congolaise moules frites was more than enough for one person but if you share, you need more of their deliicious frites. Even when I was full and there must have been at least a dozen mussel remaining, I kept eating and slurping the lovely broth. There was enough room to share the pear puree and ginger ice cream with a lovely panna cotta. The other entrees - sablefish and duck - were beautifully presented. The service was friendly. Next visit with be with hubby ... craving the sablefish or maybe I'll try the pork

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Go here ONLY if you do not like the people you are with
By melly of Kitsilano (26 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

My husband and I went here for our 4th year wedding anniversary. I had the mussels and fries and it was very good - very plump and the broth was very tasty too. The fries were very good as well. The restaurant's layout is basically long and narrow. Unfortunately, we were seated right in the middle of the high traffic area which I did not appreciate. On top of that, the place is extremely loud! Do not come here if you are actually looking to have a conversation with the people you are with. I don't think I'll be back any time soon as I am more inclined to try out other places than to go back to Chambar.

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Go for drinks but don't eat here
By food lovin blondie of Vancouver (Commercial Drive) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 10:24pm [Dine in]

My husband made us reservations for our 1st anniversary two weeks in advance. We were both very excited. When we arrived we expected to be given a great table and maybe a "Happy Anniversary" wish. We were given a table in the back corner and there was no mention of our anniversary.

The cocktails were fantastic. Truly the only reason to visit this restaurant. My husband had the Blue Fig Martini and it was served with blue cheese! So good. I had the Dr. Groucho a tequila cocktail and it was delicious. My husband also tried the Satan beer, again delicious. Unfortunately when we asked the server if he could recommend a cocktail or a beer he said no. Luckily we made good choices on our own.

The food however was flat out gross. We had the bison carpaccio and at $17 this plate of bland thinly sliced meat left us creeped out by the "douglas fir emulsion" squirted on top. It tasted like tree sap and looked like tadpole goo.

The mussels were okay but I've had far better for less than $22.

Our entree was the worst. A disgusting blend of flavours with an arctic char, crab cannelloni and zucchini salad. What sounded delicious on the menu was a pretentious display of gourmet over-creativity. There's a reason you don't see absinthe bisque and large white tofu chunks in most cannelloni. There's a reason arctic char is usually served with a sauce instead of a pickled mystery-vegetable topper.

We left disappointed and broke. Come here for a drink if you must, but eat somewhere else.

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Good portions
By foodlovr of Van East (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 12:02am [Dine in]

Nice blend of flavours in most dishes. I'm normally not a mussel person, but I'd have to say, I really do enjoy the mussels here. You really can't go wrong. So tasty and the sauce is so soupy, that you feel like slurping that up, too! Great for dipping and great for eating as is, and the added sea salt makes it even more delicious.

The halibut is really good--lightly battered, as tasty as the best fish & chips out there.

I'd avoid the foie gras de canard served terrine style here though as it wasn't very satisfying and definitely not worth the heartfailure thereafter from having consumed something so rich in fat. I don't know if it's because it's duck or what. Also, as far as duck goes, I'd also recommend passing on the duck breast. Way too chewy, and fatty, but somehow still a little dry... and again, chewy to the point where I just stopped eating it after the first bite.

The portions are fair and the prices are alright.

Good solid service. Nice lively casual atmosphere in the middle of a quiet street.

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Great place for post-theatre dining
By lemon_meow of North Vancouver BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 9, 2010 - 8:08pm [Dine in]

My friends and I went to Chambar on a Sunday evening after a concert in the Playhouse Theatre. I had been to Chambar a few times and it had its occasions of hit-and-miss like most restaurants, but my meal on Sunday was great. Our server was patient and gave us very good recommendations on cocktails and beer. The only thing that didn't really hit the mark was dessert. It's not Chambar's strong point.

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Never disappoints!
By DavidR of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 11, 2010 - 2:04pm [Dine in]

I have been several times at this place and never disappoints. Their menu is exiting and interesting...but the wine list is what keeps me coming back. Very sofisticated (great wines!)and not redicuously expensive.The best belgian beers too. Oh the mussels, cooked in three different ways!! The tagine is hugely popular and the rib-eye is to die for.

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One of the best places to try
By culinarydelights of vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 4:27am [Dine in]

This was my second time at Chambar but this time, a bunch of friends and I decided to come here for dessert. I have to say that this place delivered a solid plated dessert at a reasonable price. I tried the Bleu et blanc. The combination of flavours was very well done, especially the plum and mousse. I did, however, find that the proportion of plum to mousse was lacking. I found the mousse to be quite heavy (blue cheese/white chocolate) and it needed more of the plum element to balance it. I did sample a bit of the Le gateau poire from a friend. The texture of the cake/pear compote was wonderful. I did feel that the compote could have had a bit more pear flavour, as it finished with the taste of plain sugar in the mouth. This was also the same with the lemongrass ice cream. Could have been more lemongrass and less sweetness. Nevertheless, great quality food, over the top service and atmosphere, will definitely come back soon!

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Recent dinner
By NBgirl of North Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 26, 2009 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

We had looked forward to dinner here for a long time and perhaps Father's Day was the wrong evening to try, especially with a concert at GM Place as well. Most of the items we had were good, especially the mussels, but the portions were very small and the men in the group all left hungry - and they are not especially large eaters! They were impressed with the Belgian beer selections though. For the prices, I was surprised that they charge $3 for each small portion of bread ordered - it is one of the few places in town not to include bread. The service was pretty standard - the waitress did not seem especially interested in us, but we did not wait an inordinately long time for our food. The room was extremely noisy, but I would give it another try, perhaps on a quieter night.

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Poor cheese plate at a Belgian restaurant?
By tesa of Vancouver, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

My wife and I went late last night (around 11) to Chambar for the first time after rave reviews from friends. We were too late for the regular menu but could order an appetizer, so we went with the cheese plate and a couple of Belgian beers. The cheese plate had 3 cheeses, a blue, a cow's milk from Quebec and a Camembert. The Blue and the Quebec cheese were both good, nothing fantastic and the Camembert was virtually tasteless and served too cold in my opinion. The bread was a figgy sweet bread along with a grape compote. I felt a Belgian restaurant should have a fantastic cheese plate but this is what I could have created at home after going to the local Thrifty store. Bummer! Beers were good, and service was ok, nothing fantastic. Ambiance is wonderful.

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i <3 Chambar!
By food-queen of East Vancouver (28 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 7:25pm [Dine in]

Hands down, Chambar is one of my favourite restaurants and never fails to impress. The first time I was here (about 3 years ago, we saw Pierce Brosnan! But that's another story...lol)

Excellent excellent moules & frites (definitely the tomato/coconut cream sauce one is my fave), as is the steak bourguignon.

They recently (?) expanded into the adjacent section...and have installed crazy-powerful hand-dryers in the washroom! (Try it for yourself, lol)

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mixed feelings
By robuc1 of north vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 10, 2009 - 12:29pm [Dine in]

i'll keep it short. the place is very trendy, which i like. the service sucked. the food was good, but took FAR too long to get there. 1/2 hour from ordering a bottle of wine to getting it to the table. again, part of the service. service is almost as important (to me) as the food. 2 out of 5 for me.

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Fantastic Place
By Dragonsign of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 15, 2008 - 10:55pm [Dine in]

Was here a couple of months ago with 2 friends on a Monday night. Got there about 6:30pm and my friends were already there.( Had reservation). Our table was in the back area but the table seemed a bit small for 3 people. Couldn't move to a bigger table cuz the room was full. Ordered one of there martini specials and it was pretty good tho a bit pricey. We ordered mussels which were very good, foie gras appy which was the best I've had anywhere, really melted in your mouth as smooth as butter. I had the sable fish which was really tasty. We shared a dessert which was alright but I'm not a huge dessert person. Overall the food , service and ambience was great but the room was a bit loud. Highly recommended.

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Blue Fig Martini: I think I love you.
By AlexandraBishop of Point Grey (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 14, 2008 - 9:02pm [Dine in]

I've been here 4-5 times and every visit has been excellent. I usually start off with the Blue Fig martini, which comes with a little taste of crumbled stilton, and almost every time, someone at the table has ordered the Lamb Tagine - excellent. The mussels are incredible, with lots of sauce/necatr to sop up. Young, impossibly good-looking waitstaff. The back room, overlooking GM Place, has a good vibe and is usually filled to capacity, even on dreary weeknights. Highly recommend. cheers.

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Great food in a loud room with OK service
By FuManChu of Yaletown, Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 30, 2008 - 12:35am [Dine in]

Tucked in at the beginning of Beatty, this long-ish space is a great spot to enjoy some fine wine and delicious food. We made reservations well in advance, but for a Monday night the place wasn't terribly busy. We had cocktails and a great bottle of wine with our veal and steak dishes, both of which were cooked to perfection. Service was average given the number of diners, and we found the room a little on the loud side - often had shout to each other to keep the conversation going. Overall a great restaurant, great food.

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Never a doubt
By boozie of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

One of my favorite places in the city. Service is always great, very cool room in an interesting part of town. Make sure to try one of the types of mussels, and the lamb shank. The place is always very busy, so if you want a quiet dinner not rcomended. Cocktails and great Belgian beer list are a must there!!

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