Chambar is the sister restaurant of Cafe Medina and they basically have the same brunch menu but without the lineups! In fact, they take reservations! They’re right beside the Stadium-Chinatown skytrain station on Beatty Street.
They had a cool light fixture near the entrance! They also had floor to ceiling windows so there was lots of light during the day. The restaurant didn’t look that big at first but there’s actually a lot of seating at the back too.
We started by sharing one of their famous Liege Waffles with Maple Bourbon Bacon dip. I loved the waffles at Cafe Medina and they have the same ones here! It was so light and fluffy and chewy and perfect! The dip had the essence of bacon in it as well as hints of the bourbon. This is a must order item if you’re ever at Cafe Medina (see post here) or Chambar! I haven’t been back to Cafe Medina though since I really refuse to line up for it… or anything else in general.
This was the Brochette Du Pork with barbequed bacon, mortadella, andouille, saucisson de Paris, fried eggs, tomatillo and pineapple salsa and spiced potatoes. While the dish was quite simple, I enjoyed the variety of meats on the skewer.
The Paella came with a fried egg, curried orzo, spicy Chambar sausage, zucchini, red pepper, roasted corn, grana padano, watercress, avocado and tomato salad. I think brunch items look tastier when presented in a skillet!
This was a very filling dish for me and I loved all the elements! The avocado had a bit of a citric dressing on it and the roasted corn was really good! I just discovered I really like corn in all kinds of dishes. In every bite you can have some savoury flavours balanced with some more refreshing flavours. The curried orzo that was on the edge of the pan got a bit crispier and harder than I would’ve liked so I should’ve mixed this up first. I’ve never had a traditional paella before so I can’t really compare it but this was an enjoyable brunch version.
The service was attentive and our water glass was always filled. I would love to come back for dinner!