Restaurant Buzz: Charbar

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Charbar’s been building buzz around the long-awaited Calgary restaurant ever since co-owners Connie DeSousa and John Jackson announced a spinoff of the renowned Charcut Roast House two years ago. With chef Jessica Pelland at the helm, Charbar is poised to take off. Taking up three floors inside the restored historical Simmons Building, alongside the Bow River, Charbar tempts guests with an ultra dry-aged Alberta beef display and Argentinian “asado” style of barbecuing meats on a custom-made wood-fired grill. Among the menu items are the 32-oz. ultra dry-aged porterhouse ($49 per person, order for two), and tableside ceviche featuring Ocean Wise albacore tuna with an assortment of Argentine red shrimp, mussels, clams, squid with a yuzu vinaigrette and garnished with red onion, chillies and cilantro ($19). Hand-squeezed juices, house-made sodas and bespoke cocktails round out the beverage list.

618 Confluence Way S.E., Calgary

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