Chambar is a stylish and hip restaurant downtown that offers Belgian cuisine in a fun and lively atmosphere.
This place was a very cute little find! The food is really great for the money that you pay. Definitely try the duck...it's nice. Great selection of wines and cocktails were unique, had variety. The most interesting martini on the menu was a fig and blue cheese martini, where the blue cheese came ON THE SIDE to be tasted with the potent vodka fig mix...very delightful!
Everyone around us was ordering mussels and french fries, perhaps it's a belgian thing we thought? Never the less, for 20 a big pot of mussels coming in 3 different sauces, you can go wrong!
The place is small and crowded, it was very loud when we went and that wasn't anything anyone could help though....so.....verdict is .... we will be back for the MUSSELS....and the BELGIAN WAFFLE DESSERT.!!
Bad experience - if you have too much money in your pocket and if you want to waste it, go for it, this is the best place !
The place was packed and we could barely get in at 5.15 for a dinner before a show. I should have taken the clue before ordering because most of the people were having musels and fries but we didn't.
Being a Belgian place they have lots of choices for beer but it is $11 for a glass - the house beer was decent and only $6 a SMALL glass.
Everything on the menu was $30 and up even the starters and salads were around $20. And pretentious....oh, my .... everything was in French, lots o waiters around you - they were OK, but the guy, whatever his name was had a smirk on his face instead of a smile.I felt like I was out of place all the time.
We had an appetizer which was delicious, the scallops (Coquiles a St Jacques or whatever prtentious name was on the menu).
Our friend had a tomato salad - not very fresh, not very good he was dispointed.
But the BIG (or should I say SMALL?) disapointement started with the main dish: I Had bouiilabaise - $30 for one piece of pasta a small piece of salty fish, one scallop al in a tomato sauce; we had also bison - $40 for 100 grams of meat, steak - very fat, and halibut. We didn't order bread because we don't usually do whatver they rbing you would be fine - no bread, nothing - we were starving during the show.
NEVER go back - and definetely recommend it if you feel like wasting your money.
I have lived in this area all my life and just last year i discovered this little gem. I had a great time there. Good timing for food. Great desserts. Okay food. Great for a first date! However, not fond of the brick walls.
i had the mussels in their tomato coconut cream sauce. It was okay. Nothing fantastic but really good portion.
I had their Le carpaccio de thon grillee for appy and it was a bit bland. very small portion (very very thinly sliced)for $17
Their dessert which they dont have anymore (seasonal) was a matcha creme brulee. That was probably the best part of the meal. SOOO GOOD. but i sadly they dont have it anymore
worth checking out
The service: incredibly attentive. The beer menu: wonderfully varied and exciting. The food presentation: makes you feel like you are making millions of dollars to be able to eat out here. The food itself: DIVINE, to die for.
Our dinner was really good. We started using "jewish couscous" in our food at home (inspiring) and spent months seraching for king bolet mushrooms. The mushrooms, although a side in a dish, were as good as steak. Just make reservations ahead of time, well ahead of time.
I finally went to Chambar for the first time today with my co-worker!
I have heard some much about this place but was always putting it off until today.
We arrived at about 5:30 without a reservation, which was not a problem, but was given heads up that the table was reserved at 7, which was still plenty of time for us to eat.
Started off with the Vin Blanc mussels - super tender and juicy and really really big for its price. We both ate a lot and still had to pack some!
Then we both shared the braised lamb shank - I felt that there was too much going on with this dish, so I didnt really like it. But the lamb was falling off the bone and the sauce was really good.
We also had the spice rubbed duck - it was really good. the goat cheese, poached apples and butternut squash puree really went well with the duck when they were all combined together. The tamarind gastrique was also very tasty.
Since I was craving something sweet, we decided to look over the dessert menu even though we were both really full.
We got the Le gateau poire - was a vanilla cake with raspberry anglaise and lemongrass icecream. This had to be the MOST amazing dessert that I've ever had. The lemongrass ice cream was citrusy and did not like that milky film behind and it had some kind of crumble on the bottom which went really well with it. Then we poured the raspberry anglais on the vanilla cake, which just came out of the oven, it was so heavenly! So glad we got dessert
Service was really good, except that we didnt really see our server and was helped by two other people, who were super nice and funny.
I would definitely reccommend this place for some one-on-one time with a friend or a lover.
Celebrated a romantic night out at Chambar. Was surprised to find it busy and full, even at 9pm on a wednesday (always a good sign). Ordered the mushroom goat cheese spring roll appy to start and share, it was to die for. Mushrooms aren't actually IN a springroll as I thought, but sauteed perfectly and laid across the plate, accompanied by goat cheese spring rolls (heavenly).
I have several dietary restrictions and the kitchen was more than happy to make me something, even gave me a choice (that almost never happens, and I do appreciate it sooo much). Hubby went all out and ordered the steak. He was silent through the majority of his meal due to sheer enjoyment.
We finished with the pot de chocolat, that came highly recommended from our server, which was sooo creamy and just sweet enough.
Great wine list, decent options for wines by the glass too. Many belgian beers, even a couple we hadn't tried elsewhere (ie: Stella's).
Many of the servers were sporting mustaches and all looked pretty hilarious, which would seem weird to someone unfamiliar with MOVEMBER. It's great they're all on board for a good cause.
Service was excellent. Absolutely fantastic. The music was a bit loud because of where we were seated though they did allow us to sit side by side and occupy our neighboring table after it cleared out a bit.
It is a must try, but definitely more of an "occasion" restaurant, a bit pricey considering we're used to the similar style and affordability of La Brasserie on Davie St. We'll be back, likely for our anniversary!
My boyfriend has been waiting to try Chambar for over a year now, and we finally did for the Dining Out for Life Event on Thursday.
The food was good but not very much the value, We had the rabbit cannelloni, there were really little meat not even a table spoon, way too expensive we thought.
I had the lamb for entree and thought that it was pretty unique on what it was served on and how it was presented it you, and it was a little interactive as well, where we choose to either dump the couscous in or not. Furthermore, the lamb was a really good portion size. My boyfriend had the duck and that wasn't as good. it came out a little cold and the portion size was sub par, it was not a good value at all, again.
For dessert we had the baked Alaska, it was excellent, it was our best course there.
I would definitely go back to try the mussels there.
We came here during dine out vancouver for my cousins birthday and were able to get reservations for 12+ on a Friday night. The food was amazing and the service was beyond expectations especially when the birthday girl was late herself. Drinks were good even though they didn't have grey goose, poutine is a must, mussels were really good, and the sablefish was to die for. I would definitely come back again!
I have been to the Chambar a few times now. Every time, the service has been good. Nothing to complain about, and nothing over the top. One note however: after being asked to wait an extra half hour for our reserved seats, we were offered our first round of drinks for free.
The food at Chambar is excellent! Every dish I have sampled (almost all of them) have been prepared excellently. As already mentioned, their moules frites are very good. Also, I enjoyed their brioche bread.
The mussles are also done very well. Each of the three types of mussels taste great, and I would recommend it to anyone. These are great to share or to have even as a meal. I would also suggest trying their appetizers. I have enjoyed all of them immensely.
The main courses are excellent. I especially enjoyed the venison, lamb, and arctic char. Not only are the meats prepared well, I really enjoyed the garnishes and sides that come with them.
As I am usually stuffed by the time I get to the dessert, I have not much to say about the dessert except that I enjoy the thin pineapple slices that comes with the bruleed pineapple.
Overall, amazing food. Good service. Quite pricey. Really noisy.
A group of friends and I went to Chambar for a birthday gathering. Being a vegetarian, I ordered the Endive and Candied Nut salad which was just alright to me. I wasn't particularly fond of the dressing. I also ordered a side of fries after reading the reviews here and I have to say that I was not impressed. You get a tiny amount of fries for $6 and my boyfriend said that they tasted like store bought McCain fries, and I have to admit he was right.
My boyfriend ordered the Arctic char. He said it was good, but not worth $28 for the 2 X 2 piece he received.
Most of my table ordered the mussels and they were quite pleased with them. It was quite a generous portion compared to the restaurant's other dishes.
Our server was nice, but a bit cold in the beginning. They were also very quick to refill our water glasses and such. And my friend brought a birthday cake which they brought out and cut for us.
The ambiance of the restaurant was very nice. I suppose it was a tad loud, but the seating quarters are very close to one another as the restaurant seems to optimize all of it's floor space.
Overall, I feel that some items were worth the money paid and some, like the fries and Arctic Char were not worth the money. In this case, I would say that I was paying for a nice ambiance than satisfying food.
To celebrate our amazing 6 months, my girlfriend and I decide to go to Chambar to celebrate. We were greeted warmly by the hostess and were led to our table, where she graciously took our jackets.
We found the seats for our table a little too short for our table especially since my stunning girlfriend is quite petite. The atmosphere was nice but we were seated in the hallway so it was quite loud, even more so when there was a large party seated next to us.
For our dinner, we ordered the famous Congolaise which are Mussels in a coconut tomato sauce, the Veal and two desserts.
My girlfriend and I shared the mussels as it is a huge portion. The Mussels were done perfectly, and the sauce had a bit of heat to it but was delicious. We nearly filled up on the appetizer as the portion was gigantic and was also served with fries.
For our main entrees, we both decided to get Veal. The meat was ordered medium rare but it came out looking rare. However, the sauce on top of the meat was quite offensive when having it alone, but it did compliment the meat nicely. The portion might look small but it was filling.
For dessert, I had the The Vert, which is green tea mouse with some type of sorbet. It was good, but it did not come close to my girlfriend's Gateau a la poire, which is pear toffee pudding with a chocolate ganache. This dessert is extrordinary, everything combined very well together and priced very well for $11.
We believe that everyone should try this restaurant. Just be prepared for a loud room, but the food makes up for it.
WHat a wicked restaurant!
Took a date here and it sealed the deal!
Great cocktails and beers.
Our server was a guy - alister? What a cool dude!
I thought the food was amazing - but a little small on the portion size.
I had the Mussels and they were really good! The freis were great too and they came with mayo which is always a plus.
BEautiful room as well.I really liked the leather couches and the cool blown glass lights.
I have been here twice. I love the modern style fused with touches of victorian style. Although the interior design is impressive, i find that the food is only ok. Nothing special. Service was up to par, and dessert was nicely presented.
We came for dine out and were totally impressed. For starters we had the endive salad which was very creative and delicious; our desserts were good as well but it was our mains that blew our minds. The trout was incredibly delicious (best fish I've ever tasted) as were a very large portion of flavourful mussels. We actually messed up our reservation night and came a day early but they were very pleasant and accommodating about it. Our server was warm and professional and the ambiance is very cool and chic, although it got a bit loud after the Canucks crowd came in after the game. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!
I've been to Chambar 4 times now, and it is always flawless. Our most recent experience was for dine out, so of course it was packed, but our server (James?) was still attentive and helpful. My boyfriend is really into Belgian beer, and the server took the time to discuss their wide selection of beers with him, even though he was slammed. The server recommended beer pairing for my boyfriend's dinner, which was a perfect match. The food was excellent, as always. I had the ruby trout, which was the best trout I've ever eaten. It was perfectly prepared. It was really nice to see that even though it was dine out, the food and service was the same quality as always.
Chambar has quickly grown into a Vancouver Must Dine destination.
The room is SOHO chic, understated and beautifully appointed with local and creative artwork that rotates based on season and the owner's moods. The nighbourhood is upcoming and full of artistic and burgeoning success stories.
The staff has a very family feel, and a fair amount of their crew have been there for a significant amount of time, which shows in their synergy. It's nice to go to a restaurant that is tight knit on the staffing level, and it shows.
The service is always friendly and upfront, which is a breath of fresh air in the city. Even regulars are brought in line. They state it how it is, and follow through on the vision that the chef and managers seek to create. As a regular, this kind of integrity is admirable.
The food has grown and seeing Nico's vision find it's true voice is a wonderful thing. Dishes are played with and experimented, which is lacking in the vancouver dining scene. The mussels are simple and delicious, the appys are playful and creative, and the desserts by Eleanore are masterful.
The service is run by a rockstar management team who really know hospitality. Service is always sincere and with the greatest of heart and humanity. When something goes wrong, they jump on it and carry on.
Overall, Chambar is everything that is right with restaurants. I've always had a good time there, and if I'm tagged as a fanboy, then so be it. This place deserves all the praise in the world.
2nd time being there. Even it's Wednesday night, the place is packed with after-work people. Thus, two of us was seated on the corner. Reservation recommended!! We had 2 appetizers: Maple seared scallops and the prawns. Portion was a bit too small but good presentation! Mussels is a must to order! There are 3 kinds. Both white & red are great! We didn't have entree this time. For dessert, we had Chocolat et arachides, which is a layer of chocolate & peanut butter. It's really great! A wonderful finish to seal the dinner!
Tonight we had a great service even though this place was packed. Price is a bit high than expected, but definitely worth it! We enjoyed it and especially the bar area ambiance.
I've always had good solid Chambar visits. The food is good, service attentive and the ambiance excellent. I would probably be more critical of it if it were more expensive but as long as their menu prices don’t creep up too much this place will continue to be excellent value
Overall, a great experience again. We enjoyed everything, but the prices obviously could be a bit lower.
I usually get to dine out once a week, and chambar always has very interesting patrons, they are diverse and different, usually friendly and up for some unexpected side conversation!
Appies and desserts were nice. I am still disappointed they no longer have the petit filet, and it's been a while since its been gone.
We had a wonderful dinner here the other night. Had forgotten about how lovely a room it is - both stylish and comfortable, which seems to be a rare combination. Service was excellent, just missing 5 stars due to a some confusion between servers but otherwise perfect. Dinner was very solid. We enjoyed the feature appetizer, which we strangely noticed was on the menu as well and at the same price. It lovely, as were our entrees and dessert. The wine list was quite smart, and although we didnt indulge in any beers or cocktails, they certainly looked fabulous on the menu and on the tables of the guests around us.
That makes 4 for 4 in terms of successful dinners at Chambar, and I dont think you can ask for better than that.