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After the Canucks hockey game, we headed over to Chambar, a fine-dining Belgian lounge to order some more drinks and something small to share.

We chose the La brochette d’autruche as our appetizer.
Grilled ostrich with sweet balsamic onions, marinated prunes, five herb pesto, crisp potato chips, vin cotto. It was very different. The ostrich itself was delicious but the condiments such as the marinated prunes made it taste strange.

For entree, we shared a huge pot of mussels, Congolaise in a tomato coconut cream sauce with fresh cilnatro, lime, and chili. It also came with fries on the side.

Overall rating, I would give it a B- because I find that restaurant to be more of a drinking lounge than a fine dining restaurant. The meals were pricey compared to most lounges. If you want some fine dining, I would suggest: Lift Bar and Grill


Lift Bar and Grill

We started off with some appetizers, First up! the [1/2 Dozen Fresh Oysters] Having not paid attention to the menu, we didn’t realize that it was horseradish on the side, so we just assumed it was potato? Feeling adventurous as always, we dove in! Put a big scoop along with the oyster and chowed down. Long story short, I’m still feeling the burn in my nostrils today. Overall I thought it was very fresh and quite tasty! A well deserved 5/5

Next up! The [Roasted Mussels and Clams] can only be described as “effing amazing”. The white wine, chorizo, fennel, confit garlic, crostini all got to know each other in the sauce. No, it wasn’t like an elementary dance, it was more a high school dance this time. Everyone just grinding on each other while concerned parents watch from afar. But enough of my childhood, I seriously started to develop feelings for the dish it was so good haha. It definitely ranks up there as one of the best we’ve had.
Not a surprise that we give it a 5/5

And last but not least the [Seared Ahi Tuna Sashimi] I thought the dish itself was presented very nicely. Definitely catches your eye with all the colours and it tasted just like it looked. Crunchy. That’s where it lost points with Dana. It’s a good mix of textures with the soft tuna and fried crust underneath. But it might just be a case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. That’s why we give it a 4/5

bon appetit,

Lift Bar and Grill
333 Menchions Mews
Vancouver, BC V6G 3H5‎
(604) 689-5438‎


We were cruising around Richmond trying to find a good place to eat. We thought about hot pot but all you can eat hot pot for two is too much. The winner was Chop Steakhouse by The Sandman hotel in Richmond.

We have never been to Chop but heard it was good from friends so we went to check it out.

They had a really big drinks menu. I wasn’t sure what to order but at the same time I wanted something fancy so the waitress recommended some sort of champagne with a hint of wine and frozen grapes. I forgot what it’s called but it was good. Steve ordered wine like usual.

We started off our dinner with Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio.

For our entrees, I ordered the Wasabi Crusted Ahi Tuna which I still crave for! It’s so good, the mash potato is so creamy. The tuna was cooked well, it was very soft. Seared outside and rare inside with a wasabi to top it off. Steve ordered the Top Sirloin and Alaskan King Crab Legs. The steak was cooked medium rare, it wasn’t overcooked or anything unlike some places. The meat was tender and the sauce was delicious. On the side, there were the Alaskan king crab legs with butter.

Closer look at the ahi tuna. I really want to go back for more! I think I will soon. 🙂

Overall the quality and presentation of their food is fantastic. We will definitely go back for more and I don’t think I will order anything else besides their ahi tuna. It’s to die for! So delicious.

Dessert’s got to be the White Chocolate Raspberry Crème Brulée!

♥ Dana