I have a group of, (I hate this word) 'foodie' friends. I'd prefer the tag that we love good food. Brands leave scars. We're always trading recommendations for new restaurants, menus, chefs and standing favourites. Chambar, for the long-tenured Vancouverites, is a common favourite. I would have to agree with their Moules et Frites, classic Belgian, and their amazing selection of beer pairings. I went off the grid this time and it was not as big a raving success. I'll admit it won't keep me from returning but it will keep me focussed on the Moules section of the menu.
We were really lucky to get a table on a Saturday night in prime time. It's funny, we've sat at the same table with plushy leather chairs all three times we've eaten there. Well, I normally love it except for the 3 times I was swiped by a bartender carrying an ice bucket to the bar, more than half a dozen times by loud cliens and 4 times I was bum rushed by servers running back and forth through the particularly narrow path in the centre of the restaurant. I would not suggest those seats on busy nights.
As well, don't be misled by the decor and the sticker price. It is not the demure nor romantic spot you may expect. It is LOUD and ruckus. Because of the popularity, people often make it a 'do' to have groups. We were sat by a few groups that were literally shouting to each other at the table. Shouting, without an ounce of exaggeration. Then there was the group who sang Happy Birthday at full volume like we were at TGIFridays. Then the birthday boy's best friend yelled across the dining room that he was 30 and single. Nice.
We shared two starters: the seasonal Autumn Salad: Roasted Beets and Granny Smith apples, whipped Sheep Feta, mixed Greens and Herb salad, Almond Tuiles dressed with a Honey vinaigrette then the
Belgian Poutine: Peppercorn Demi Glaze with Blue Cheese and their famous Frites. Salad was nice though it was shy on on the beets and the greens were standard pre-mix. The poutine was yum. The fries were not salted which is a pet peeve of mine. The blue cheese was great.
|strange Artic Char and Crab Cannelloni|
|salty Angus Steak|
|Chocolate Cheesecake and Chocolate Mousse|
Ambiance: Rowdy, LOUD, incongruently casual
562 Beatty St
Vancouver, BC V6B