It’s hard to believe that a decade of dining at one of our favourite spots has come and gone. It’s been that long since Chambar established a new paradigm in the Vancouver restaurant industry through the creation of its unpretentious, boisterous evolution to fine dining that translated into a fun, glammed up casual experience that discerning diners around the city came to know and love.
Well, since shuttering the doors at its old locale this summer, Chambar has evolved again, this time in a newly designed space two doors south of its previous location. What makes this move so newsworthy? Well, for starters they’re now offering breakfast, lunch, and brunch on weekends (as well as the ever-popular dinner service) and continued provisions of late night dining.
They’ve now got a brand new south-facing patio that extends along the thoroughfare of the Keefer Steps as well as a roof-top section perfect for private parties, special events, and gatherings.
The new space at 568 Beatty Street is still as centrally located as always (given its proximity to the Chinatown Stadium sky train for those grabbing a bite before heading to a game or concert). This time around, Chambar offers up a room loaded with light, a high quality customized sound system with hidden recording studio insulation strategies, and intuitive functionality.
The original Chambar “vision” to create a space where people always feel welcome and at home undoubtedly remains authentic – and it’s a place you want to park it for a night out with friends, head to for that hot date, or bring your top client to for an impressive meal.
As you’d expect, the food (as always) is the prime focus, with an environmental commitment in both sustainable seafood, local produce, and operations being carbon neutral. Chef Nico Schuermans has devised a reduced traditional menu to make room for a diverse selection of seasonal small plates that can be switched according to seasonal availability.
The wine program is innovative and compliments the food perfectly, as does Chambar’s award-winning bar program as it showcases provocative selections of creative cocktails. Hunker down at a seat and take in the scene at their stunning 36-foot walnut bar (reclaimed, of course).
If you haven’t paid a visit to Chambar as of late, now is definitely the time to rediscover this culinary and community-minded gem. For more info visit them online.
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