I just returned from Charbar for dinner. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring my camera, so I just have a few sub par phone pictures. Due to that, a mobile post is all I can justify.
Today was the opening of the Simmons building which houses Phil&Sebastian Coffee, Sidewalk Citizen and Charbar.
I ordered the grass fed steak (can’t remember the exact name) and it was quite good. It was cooked medium rare as suggested by the server and the garnish it came with was excellent. I also ordered eggplant and quinoa chips which were decent but oily. I wouldnt order them again. Finally, I ordered the beef fat fries which were not as off-putting as they sound. They were enjoyable and better than most. I have to say, I was happy I ate prior because I was hardly full by the end of my meal.
Anyone who knows me knows I love to have a full belly! It is partially my fault since I couldn’t have most things on the menu: I’m allergic to shellfish, nuts (but not peanuts) and I don’t eat pork (unless it’s bacon!)
Someone else ordered the pizza Fugazza which honestly was just dry flat bread. I was offered a piece, but couldn’t finish it. I wouldn’t recommend it.
All the other food was pretty good from what I heard: riblets, shrimp and a burger (the only dish ordered that included a side).
What to wear
I was honestly overdressed for dinner. I wore an African print dress and wedge heels. People were wearing tragic shirts and baseball caps to dinner. I believe this was simply a side effect of Calgarians under dressing for every occasion.
By the end of my dinner people’s attire started getting better. Nice dresses and jeans with blazers were becoming the norm.
Basically, wear what you please.
What are the prices like at Charbar?
The tapas/appetizers range from $4 (corn nuts) and $19 (snow crab salad). The average price per dish being $12.80.
The entrées range from $15 (the dry underwhelming cheesy bread masquerading as pizza) to $79 (ultra-dry aged porter beef). The bulk of items being between $20 and $40.
Other notes about Charbar
When we went, they didn’t yet have their liquor license but they did a really good job of creating some interesting mocktails.
Their dishes also feature dough from sidewalk citizen bakery and coffee from Phil & Sebastian coffee.
Overall, I wouldn’t go back to Charbar but I implore you to try it for yourself and make your own decision.