Charbar is sister restaurant to Charcut Roast House. I have yet to try the infamous Charcut but I’m sure I will eventually. Sad, that they only offer their lunch Big Taste menu on weekdays – whyyyyyy. Oh well, Charbar’s menu looked just as enticing so we decided to give them a try.
Located in the remodeled/reclaimed Simmons Building, it also houses Phil & Sebastian’s Coffee and Sidewalk Citizen. All three places were packed when we went on a Saturday afternoon (around 1:30pm) and Sidewalk Citizen had a mini lineup even when we were leaving. Wow, I’ll have to check them out next time I’m in town. I also really liked how there is a mini patio in the back that can fit about a dozen people – a few people were definitely taking advantage of the gorgeous Saturday weather.
Service is solid as there was a constant flow of staff topping off our water and checking in on us. We were seated near the kitchen – my poor friend, she could feel heat waves coming along one side of her face. So if you don’t want that, maybe request to be seated further away. I didn’t think it was a big deal but some may not like that.
I like how all the dishes come out on Le Creuset dishware. I must just be a sucker for their wares. Nothing like expensive cookware to spruce things up a notch. The building/layout itself is very spacious and has that Southern American flair of roasted meats and hot, open parilla kitchens.
Avocado toast ($13.00)
Crushed whole avocado on toasted sourdough with scrambled egg. It normally comes with a fried egg but my friend wanted it scrambled – hence why it doesn’t look as pretty. Flavours were still there as the avocado was fresh and creamy. For $13, it’s definitely on the pricey side. A side of potatoes or some sort of brunchy side would go a long ways to not feeling ripped off…
Breakfast sandwich with parilla beef fat fries ($15.00)
The Big Taste special. Didn’t realize that their menu is limited to the one option on weekends (rather than the $15 and $25 lunch options during the weekday) and it was annoying that you had to specifically ask for it. Isn’t the whole point of Big Taste to promote it?
Alas, the breakfast sandwich was tasty. I can’t remember what exactly was in it but the meat was juicy and topped with pickles, fried egg and a mayo aioli. One of the better sandwiches I’ve had in a long time. You get to pick one side and obviously we had to try the beef fat fries (regularly $8.00). These were money – crispy, beefy, wholesome goodness.
Warm crazy chocolate brownie
There was also the option of having a cup of Fiasco soft serve but we opted for the brownie. The brownie was better than we expected – slightly gooey and nicely warmed up. Enough for a couple bites each.
I feel like Charbar’s mixed reviews is based on what dishes you order so it might be wise to see what’s best bang for your buck (unless you’ve got one of those company expense accounts). I thought the Big Taste lunch deal was worth it and I’m looking forward to coming back to try their regular menu. Hopefully, next visit will be on their summertime rooftop patio!
618 Confluence Way SE