Tucked into Gastown, Chambar has cultivated a cult-like following through their tasty take on Belgium-French cuisine with a nod to North African flavours.
Its husband and wife ownership (Michelin-trained chef Nico and Karri Schuerman) have built a culinary empire that’s garnered plenty of praise over the years and with good reason: the food is to die for in our books.
When it was announced that Chambar’s owners had set their sights on a space double its current size (with an additional 80 extra seats, year-round patio and rooftop terrace), our interest was notably piqued. A recent invitation to pop by their media preview gave us a chance to check out the progress and start dreaming about the forthcoming relaunch in time for summer 2014.
Don’t expect there to be too much change in the way of menu offerings because Nico knows what his longtime customers like – and intends to tweak a few things by adding a mix of dishes to compliment current listings. His wife, Karri, will oversea the final touches on style and design at Chambar’s new address, featuring Italian-designed seating, bold red colours, heritage features, a large custom-designed long table, and rotating artwork throughout.
We’re sure we can expect a revamped cocktail and wine list (that’s kind of what put Chambar on the map as a frontrunner in competitions around town), and anticipate many afternoons tucked into a table on their new side patio. Expect to see the addition of a brunch, lunch and late-night bites menu when Chambar reopens mid-August or so.
Want more up-to-date info on Chambar’s progress? Visit their Facebook page here.