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May 4, 2008 09:31 AM

Vancouver: Boneta or Chambar?

Fellow hounds,

I'm heading to Vancouver for a few days to visit a friend. He is, to say the least, not an adventurous eater (think: grilled chicken breast, pasta and veggies). I like to try everything and have not been to Vancouver in ages so want to hit a couple spots that will suit me and him.

We would like to have a dinner in Gastown.

Can you explain the essential differences between these restaurants (ambience, food, price point)? Any others you would suggest in Gastown?


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  1. I like them both a lot. The overall ambiance of the two restos are similar. Chambar has more of a 'high-end' feel to it - especially at the back. Boneta feels more laid-back.

    Boneta serves "Contemporary West Coast/Canadian/BC Cuisine" or whatever people are calling it these days. Chambar touts themselves as "Belgian" and it has some middle-eastern influences. Boneta's menu is perhaps more creative and definitely more changeable than Chambar's.

    If you are coming in next the week or so, make sure you know it's Spot Prawn season...Boneta has grilled Spot Prawns on their menu right now.

    If you like Belgian beer, Chambar has a great selection....and they both serve up some mean make sure to indugle!

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    1. re: fmed

      Thanks fmed. I'm not there until the first week of June, but I will make a reservation at Boneta and see what's on at that time.

    2. Why don't you try a drink and starter at Chambar (they have a nice lounge area that you don't need a reservation for if you get there early - 6ish) and then head to Boneta for a main and dessert?

      1. Both Boneta and Chambar are great... I'd suggest checking out their menus to get a sense of what they offer because they're somewhat different from each other and that might help you decide.

        Another option in Gastown is Cobre for nuevo latin tapas.

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        1. re: twinkienic

          I am a big fan of Cobre but was a bit worried it might not be the ticket for the non-adventurous diner OP will be eating with.

          Here are links for all three places:

          Cobre Restaurants
          52 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1E7, CA

          Boneta Restaurant
          1 West Cordova, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C8, CA

          Chambar Restaurant
          562 Beatty Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3, CA