Monday 7 November 2016

Edible Obsessions | Brunch at Chambar

The Paella from Chambar
It should be apparent by now that I have an wavering love for all things Brunch. If there ever were a brunch festival, I would be there. Since brunch is primarily only available on the weekends, I make it a point to plan my day around brunch. For yesterday's Sunday brunch, a friend and I made our way to Chambar. I knew the food would be spectacular as Chambar's chef and co-owner, Nico Schuermans, once worked at a Michelin 3 star restaurant as well as many other renowned restaurants across the world. 

Chambar features a Belgium-focused menu with interesting new takes by Chef Schuermans. Interestingly, you will find many parallels between Chambar's menu and Cafe Medinas as the two restaurants were once one, only splitting back in 2014. I have been to Cafe Medina a fair number of times, but after trying Chambar, I wish the opposite were true!
The Fricasse from Chambar
For myself, I ordered the Paella (curried orzo topped with a fried egg, hot spanish chorizo, charred tomato salsa and pickled cilantro) which was served in a sizzling hot cast iron skillet. The Paella had an amazing depth of flavour and personally I found far better than Cafe Medina's version. By serving the Paella in the cast iron skillet, my meal remained warm till the very last bite. Also, the seasoning of the skillet only added to the Paella's flavour. I found myself forcing myself to finish every morsel of food despite how full I was because I could not let a single bite of this delicious Paella go to waste!

My friend went with the Fricasse, another Chambar favourite containing braised short ribs, balsamic cipollini onions, potatoes, watercress, fried eggs and applewood smoked cheddar. It too was served in a  cast iron skillet, but I would say not as pretty to look at haha. The sauce was divine and I could not help myself, but to dip some bread in it. Really great flavour, but according to my friend, the Paella was better. 

Fried Spiced Potatoes from Chambar
Between the two of us, we ended up sharing their Fried Spiced Potatoes. A brunch is just not a brunch unless there is some potato involved! Definitely try their potatoes because they will be some of the crispiest potatoes you will ever have. However, do bring your own ketchup because if you are like me, I need some good ol tomato sauce with my potatoes! Yes, I do judge a restaurant if they lack ketchup! I understand if a restaurant is opposed to the the bottled Heinz we have all grown to love; however, many restaurants will make their own in house ketchup like Belgard Kitchen and Timber. Therefore, there is no excuse for a restaurant to deny me my ketchup with my potatoes. 

Do check out Chambar's brunch and give their Paella a try! I was too stuffed to get their liege waffles, but I am sure they are fantastic! They have a huge selection of divine sauces to choose from. I cannot wait to head back to Chambar to try their lunch and dinner menus! 


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