Location: 568 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC
If you lived in Vancouver for a while, you have likely heard of Chambar before. As one of Vancouver’s most popular restaurants, Chambar is a Belgian restaurant that offers amazing food. Parking in the area is not the best, as it is downtown, but the food here more than makes up for this minor inconvenience. The restaurant has a great ambiance and vibe, perfect to kick off the night.
Thon Tropical ($16)
This dish featured albacore tuna prepared in 2 ways: fried and ceviche. Both were cooked perfectly and tasted incredible as the tuna was incredibly fresh. I particularly enjoyed eating the tuna with the coconut remoulade and the tangy spicy cabbage kumquat salad in one bite.
Congolaise Moules Frites ($27)
Chambar is well-known for having amazing mussels and I know I had to order one of the three options on the menu. With the help of our attentive server, I opted for the Congolaise which features a broth of tomato coconut cream, smoked chili, lime, and cilantro. It took me by surprise how plump and juicy the mussels were inside the pot. Each one I ate was enormous! The broth itself was also very good with a bit of heat to eat but the star of the dish was definitely the mussels. Although it is not that cheap, the dish was very reasonable in price given the proportion.
Canard Et Gnocchi ($34)
Served with very hearty gnocchi, the duck breast was very delicious and cooked medium. Similar to the mussels, it was also fairly massive. The meat was very tender and was complimented very well by the fluffy melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi. Helping round out the dish was the celery and apple salad which provided some sweetness with a slight crunchy texture.
Although I went in with high expectations, Chambar did not disappoint whatsoever. The food was excellent and made for a great meal. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and will definitely return again!