I guess I lied to my readers about summing up my Dine Out Vancouver 2015 with only a dinner at Pidgin and volunteering at 6 Course Discourse. Going through a case of midweek Wednesdaze, my friend and I decided to check out Chambar for their Dine Out lunch. I’ve never been to Chambar before but it has also been on my wishlist for a while, especially after their revamp near the Chinatown station.
The sun was shining gorgeously into the restaurant and their high ceiling made it very comfortable to just sit and chill out. I’ve heard mix reviews about Chambar’s atmosphere but since we arrived at 11am on a weekday, it was still pretty empty and quiet.
What’s in it: Macerated kale, Belgian Endive, Sunchokes, Spiced Pear Purée, Shaved Feta, and Tahini Dressing.
We started off with a salad that was big in flavours and colours. In addition, look at the size of those sunchokes! They were the largest sunchokes I have ever seen.
The spiced pear purée brushed across the plate tasted like Christmas in my mouth; it was sweet and it actually tasted like cranberries.
All of the ingredients were very fresh and naturally sweet so the tahini dressing actually provided a creamy and slightly acidic taste to it. I did some research on the ingredients for tahini dressing and apparently there’s vinegar in it – explains the acidic part.
Thon Au Miso
What’s in it: Seared Albacore Tuna, Sautéed Kale, Broccolini & Green Beans, Papadums, Miso & Sesame Emulsion.
The highlight of this dish was actually not the seared albacore tuna, but instead, the delicious and flavour bursting sautéed kale, broccolini and green beans. I’m not sure what was added to the vegetables but it was unlike any sautéed vegetables I have ever had.
The tuna had a vibrant red and spicy herb sear but it would have been much more enjoyable and less overwhelming to eat if the tuna was sliced thinner.
Liege Waffle with a White Chocolate Pistachio Rosewater Sauce and Caramel
When these waffles were served in front of us, you could smell the fresh buttery aroma from the icing sugar dusted dessert. Best thing was that they were lukewarm.
I’m not saying that this is a bad thing but the white chocolate tasted like condensed milk with rosewater infused. Since we were at a nice restaurant, it would have been very uncivilized of me to lick the small plate of white chocolate (I wanted to though.)