4.5 Stars – Overall Experience
4 Stars – Price
5 Stars – on Service
4.5 Stars – on Enjoyment of Food
4.5 Stars – on Atmosphere
We were extremely lucky to be invited to a good friend’s surprise birthday party at Carbon Bar. We were located in their Green Room, which is a private space that overlooks the bar and restaurant below. Trendy art on the wall (including Jenna Chadwick’s incredible chalk art http://jennachadwickstudio.com), a TV that could play whatever you want, a personal waiter and a great view of the restaurant. My only criticism is it was a tad on the dark side and a bit hot. I would 100% consider this a great place to host a party or event! Trendy and modern in style with incredible service.
I am very upset that I forgot the name of our waiter (I think it might have been Phil) as he made our experience that much better. He was funny, attentive, extremely helpful and always happy and willing to take photos of the group. He added the extra touch to the evening that brought the atmosphere that much higher.
I had a glass of their house red which was fine. I would definitely want to come back for a cocktail as they looked good.
We had passed appetizers which include K.F.C (Korean Fried Cauliflower), Blistered Shishitos and Macaroni Poppers and salads including their Heirloom Beet Salad served family style. Everyone agreed that the best thing we ate all night was the K.F.C. If you go there, do yourself a huge favour and order a big plate of these. The peppers (shishotos) also were a delicous snack. They aren’t spicy at all so don’t be afraid. The Macaroni Poppers delivered what it promised. I really enjoy beet salad, but it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It had a goat cheese foam on the side which I liked (big goat cheese fan). Thoroughly enjoyed everything.
There were a few large meat platters brought out, but before I could get concerned they brought me out my own Vegetarian dish. A charred cauliflower coconut curry tossed with pumpkin, jicama, yucca and eggplant. It was topped with fresh cilantro. Loved the dish, however I wish it had a more spicy kick to it.
By the time dessert rolled around I was completely stuffed. So I am sad to say I only tried one of the two desserts served. The Apple Cranberry Crisp was a warm, welcome treat. I find apple crisp brings back warm memories for me as I typically eat it around holidays. Topped with a scoop of ice cream, it had me at hello.
Before going to a restaurant I always check to see what my options are to eat as sometimes it can extremely limited. When looking at Carbon Bar’s menu I thought I wouldn’t have many options to eat, but I see that they are willing to make dishes vegetarian if necessary. I left the evening stuffed and satisfied. So vegetarians don’t be to sidetracked by their menu. There are actually more options then one might think.
Our evenings bill was different than what it would be typically since we were in their private room with a set menu, but based on their website, their prices are a bit on the high side. I would love to go back, but only on special occasions.
100% YES to dinner out or private event, but don’t expect a small bill at the end of the night. Service was great, loved the space and the food was creative and tasty. Very little to complain about. And of course I can’t rave more about the incredible art 😀
Time of Dinner: 7:30pm
Date: Saturday March 4th, 2016
- House Red Wine
- K.F.C (Korean Fried Cauliflower)
- Blistered Shishitos
- Macaroni Poppers
- Heirloom Beet Salad
- Cauliflower & Coconut Curry
- Apple Cranberry Crisp