We’re taking a tasty tour of Vancouver’s many brunches to create The Ultimate Vancouver Brunch Guide. This week we’re checking out Chambar for their superior weekend brunch.
Since opening its doors over ten years ago, Chambar has earned itself a rather glowing status as an outstanding and must-visit breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch destination in Vancouver.
Indeed this Crosstown eatery, located at 568 Beatty Street, is so well-loved by locals and visitors alike for its consistently delicious meals that despite being able to make a reservation (via the restaurant’s website) a line-up forms most days for a table.
Following the restaurant’s Belgian theme and North African influences, brunch at Chambar is mid-morning satisfaction guaranteed, in the form of duck confit with quinoa ($17); L’omellette du jour ($15); Gaufre de Saumon – hot smoked Haida Gwaii Chinook salmon served with savoury waffles ($19); oeuf et steak comprised of marinated 6oz butcher’s steak with fried eggs and chargrilled cornbread ($20); venison burger with roasted yams ($20): grilled merguez (spicy sausage) tajine ($16), and a spicy Chambar sausage paella ($14).
The paella, which comes highly recommended, is served in a cast-iron pan and features a fried egg, curried orzo (grain like pasta), spicy sausage, zucchini, red pepper, roasted corn, Grana Padano and a watercress, avocado and tomato salad. With such a myriad of flavours, spices and textures diners who dig into this dish are promised one incredibly tasty meal!
Paired with a fresh pressed OJ or a cocktail or two, this is definitely a stellar and memorable morning meal.
Just as memorable are the lavender infused lattes and hot Belgian waffles available, which you may recognize from Café Medina’s menu. At $3.15 a piece, these fluffy Liege waffles are delightfully chewy and come with a choice of toppings (additional charge for each ramekin) and include: dark chocolate lavender; gooey salted caramel; bacon caramel; fig orange marmalade, and a mixed berry compote.
While the restaurant’s waffles are enough to bring patrons back each weekend for a round of hot, crisp, doughy goodness, so, too, will Chambar’s relaxed vibe and gorgeous interior.
Having recently moved into a larger space next door to the restaurant’s original premises, Chambar’s clean, modern layout is far from being cold or uninviting; in fact the restaurant is full of character and warmth – with its high ceilings, brick walls, wooden beams, creative lighting fixtures, buttoned up red booths, leather banquettes and sunny patio.
True, Chambar’s new digs are far more spacious that its former, more cozy location (it’s about twice the size), but despite the expansion Chambar has not lost its charm nor have the meals lost their notable quality.
Therefore, if you’ve got a hearty appetite and or have been meaning to try Chambar for sometime, make sure you drop by for an enjoyable weekend brunch. In addition to excellent food, the service is courteous and attentive, the price point spot on for the quality of food prepared and presented, and the atmosphere vibrant.
Address: 568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Hours: Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3p.m.