One of the latest I've tried is Chambar. And I have to say I really enjoyed it. It's on the edge of downtown and it's Belgian. It's got a lovely atmosphere. Low lighting, moody, a nice european feel (perhaps even Belgian)
And yes, as a Belgian restaurant they had a fantastic Beer list.
The food was lovely. We had a very nice Coquotte (mussels, white wine, cream, lardon(bacon) onion) with Moule Frites (terrific fries but don't let a Belgian hear you call them french fries, I made that mistake) and the Canard a l'orange was lovely.
But the real star here was Wendy. This is Wendy.
No not the asian one, you should know her by now. Wendy was the bartender. And the woman was Brilliant. And I do not say that lightly. If ever there was a mixologist...Not that I would ever call someone a mixologist as I think the term is awful.
But Wendy is a Pro. Mixes drinks beautifully, evidenced by her competing with the traveling team Canada Bartenders throughout Europe. But it's what she can makes that will just astound you.
So as I often do when I'm at a bar with an overwhelming cocktail list I asked the bartender to surprise me with whatever she wants to make. She looked at me and said "oh, so you want a dealers choice?" She proceeded to ask me what liquor I like and then came this.
or was it this.
Or was it this one that she stole from me.
I could not even begin to tell you what was what. All I know is that I ended up having about 5 different "dealers choices" none of which were on the menu. One had chartreuse, another absinthe, and another a base of bourbon. And each one was superb. So fine that Marika even ended up stealing several of my drinks so I had to order duplicates.
The photos won't do the drinks justice. You just have to try them yourself.
So here's the thing. The food was very good, definitely worth going back for, but the drinks stole the show.
Well at least until the next morning when the vast array of liqueurs, juices, sugars and who knows what else proceeded to merge into a hangover the likes of which I have seldom ever seen. But I would do it all again in an instant.