Dine Chartier – an Adventure

Last night I had the opportunity to go for dinner with my parents and my lovely wife, Emily. My parents wanted to take Emily out for her birthday and I was lucky enough to also be invited.

Yes, that is my happy face.

The interior of the restaurant is rustic – distressed wood and fixtures, mis-matched chairs. Chalkboards framed with chunky art frames line the walls. These are used to describe the features and the rotating craft beer taps along with some chalk art. It was a really exciting space to walk into and experience.

Our server (whom I forget her name, so that makes me the worst, but she was the best) told us that she could bring us samples of any of the craft taps to try it out before settling on a full glass, which was a really nice thing to hear. I skipped this option entirely and went to the Situation Brewing Earl Grey Tea Saison, as I have had the Afternooner before, and the other beers on the menu were either ones I’ve had, or not quite what I wanted.

The menu was very intriguing. Many small plates to choose from, many unique offerings.

My parents decided to share the Mussels and Clams.

As a sneak, I definitely stole some. It was enjoyable, I preferred the mussels to the clams personally.

As for Emily and I, we had the Crisps.

Pork rinds and chicken skin. Healthy. Om nom. The flavours were fantastic. The pork rinds were light and fluffy, the chicken skin was salty and chewy and delicious. Also, I was eating fat fried in fat. Because I’m an adult.

Then my beer had a problem. It was empty. I reviewed the board and decided that I wanted to give the Fallentimber Meadjito a try. This time, I took our server up on that sample opportunity. Let me tell you – if you like Mojitos…find this and drink it. If you don’t like it, please deliver your unused portion to my mouth.

Finally – it came time for our main courses. Also, this is where the adventure in the evening occurred. See, I couldn’t decide on what to have for dinner (the Crab Roll is probably what I would have ordered if it was available, but snooze, loose, blah blah), so I traumatized our server. I asked her to pick my main for me because I sure couldn’t. She looked at me like she was a deer about to be smashed by a car on the highway. Apparently this is not something people do, ask for food surprises. Personally, I’d get drunk with power.

Well. I’m not people. This is my way of getting outside of my comfort box in the land of food. Without a sufficient push I won’t go outside of my normal. So. Today was time for adventure. I assured her that I was going to be happy with anything and to not tell me what I was getting until it arrived – she promptly stated “how about the Beaumont Smoked Meat Sandwich”? In her defense, she probably didn’t hear my last request because it was a little loud and I can be quieter than I should be sometimes. I said “sure”!

It arrived, wrapped in butcher paper with a plate of fries that looked amazing. I unwrapped the sandwich and it looked delicious.

Food layout by Emily, nurse, wife,  and food artist.

The sandwich was really delicious. The meat was tasty and well complemented by the in-house made pickles and mustard. My fries were assaulted by everyone at the table. I can’t wait to eat the second half of this today (not fries, they were sacrificed to our stomachs last night).

Emily ordered the Roasted Chicken. The presentation was very appealing.

The bite of the chicken I had was nice. Good flavour, juicy chicken. Only downside: we expected a bit more ‘sauce’.

I didn’t take photos of my parent’s meals because I can only impose so much on people I’m eating with. My mom had the Pork Chow (a nice flavour, really enjoyed the lentils) and my dad had the Roasted cod (I did not sample, as it disappeared too quickly). Both presentations were great. Take my word on it.

Finally, it was time for dessert. Three of us had the Pets de Soeur. It looked too good and I ate half of it and realized crap, I didn’t take a photo. So I’m not sure if I actually ate it. But. It was really good – I particularly enjoyed the calvados ice cream. My dad had the Pot de Lemon Meringue, which I did get to sample and it was a really nice curd and shortbread and a light fluffy Meringue on top. Again, no photo, see imposing and the whole fiasco with my dessert.

So. That’s the adventure at Chartier. I highly recommend you go. It’s great.

Also, hopefully our server reads this. Because she gave me a great meal and will probably pull the same thing on her if she serves me again. Because I like adventure.