Charlie’s Restaurant and Bar (Yaletown)I was invited along a few other of my fellow foodie Vancouver bloggers to an evening of dinner and drinks at Charlie’s Restaurant and Bar in Yaletown, thanks to Ryan Bazeley. I found the invite rather compelling – I have always wanted to check a restaurant that would go the way of cooking ‘gourmet pizza’.
Normally, I would be the first one to admit that I’m not a pizza lover. I have lactose intolerance and but I do, on occasion, eat pizza. And I’m more drawn to eating pizza when it’s not your usual fare. After having a chance to sample several of Charlie’s gourmet pizzas, I can confidently say that I’m coming back and having dinner here on my own next time. The cocktails were really well made and the dinner bites we had were really good.
Located in the heart of Vancouver’s hip Yaletown district, Charlie’s Restaurant & Bar is Vancouver’s newest hot spot for gourmet artisan pizza. Live DJs provide a sexy electronic soundtrack as modern Italian fare (made with the freshest seasonal ingredients) is served up alongside creative cocktails and fine wines.
Chef Brian Ritchot offered us a broad variety of samples of his creations, including Short Rib (braised short ribs with caramelized onions and horseradish cream) and Duck (smoked duck with porcini sauce, portabellini mushrooms, tallegio, radicchio and truffle oil). I’m definitely partial to the Short Rib pizza.
In most of my recent reviews, I’ve tried to include pricing, particularly as I think that’s valuable and useful to my readers, and I often compare with other places where I have lunch or dinner. I did the same at Charlie’s, and I found that Charlie’s menu is reasonably priced, in light of the location (1265 Hamilton St, in Yaletown). I would expect the pastas to hover around $18-20, which may end up being a little on the higher-end of the pricing scale. Same with the pizzas (although they are definitely really, really tasty and filling)The cocktails? Great (and lethal!) – I submitted my Northern Voice 2010 abstracts after a few of those. I had both a Devil (fresh fennel, cloves, cherry syrup, Cazadores Reposado tequila, cherry bitters and ginger beer) and the Cocktail 1265 (blood orange, grapefruit, juniper berries, pine nuts, basil, grapefruit bitters and vodka). Delightful.
All in all, I would definitely come back, the music is great and the location is pretty much unbeatable, walking distance from the Canada Line (Yaletown/Roundhouse) Station. As usual, my friend Karen Hamilton (TinyBites) took amazing photos, which you can admire on her Flickr page. All photographs used are copyright of Karen, but she was kind enough to let me use them.
Disclosure: My dinner and drinks at Charlie’s were complimentary courtesy of Charlie’s. I wasn’t paid to write this review, nor was I required to do so either. The purpose of this media dinner was to introduce several foodie bloggers (myself included) to Charlie’s. In any review I write or publish on my site, I retain editorial control at all times. Should you have any questions/concern feel free to contact me via e-mail through my contact form.