CHE Restobar, owned by Marvin Rivas, shows a perfect synergy of culinary know-how and stunning surroundings.
The restaurant offers innovative dishes that draw upon bold and unique flavours from both Central and South American countries. Whether it be the widely popular Tuna Ceviche (Tuna in a tamarind leche de tigre, avocado, jicama and yam) or the signature Huancaina salad (Yukon gold potato, avocado, red onion, olive, egg, lime with huancaina dressing), Rivas brings a modern culinary approach to typically very traditional food. Although patrons often draw the conclusion that the restaurant is named after guerilla fighter Che Guevara, an important icon in South America, the name also has other meanings. "This is revolutionary food" says Rivas. "Che is also a slang expression in some South American countries that means 'hey man', which nicely depicts the laid-back and amicable resto style we're going for."
Although the menu has many mouth-watering staples at first glance, The Paella (Rice, prawns, chicken, chorizo, calamari, mussels, peppers, onions), Mole Roasted Chicken Breast Supreme (Zucchini noodles, roasted tomatoes, rosemary, pimento cream sauce and crispy serrano ham.), and the Chupe Soup (mussels, calamari, white fish and prawns, rice, potatoes and egg in a cream aji amarillo broth) just to name a few, CHE also offers a gorgeous extended granite bar and tasty craft cocktails. You can taste Latin america by way of several thirst quenching drinks. The Capirinha, Mojito and Pisco sour are all very popular and even more so authentic. More of a wine person? CHE also has an extensive selection of wines to enhance your experience.
CHE isn't just a restaurant. It's a destination. With exposed brick walls, super chic contemporary light fixtures and stunning artwork created by local artists, Rivas' hot-spot has a welcoming ambiance that will leave you wanting to come back the moment you step out the door.
"It's been awesome being apart of the downtown London community," says Rivas. The restaurant opened in 2011 and hasn't looked back. Rivas' role in the downtown London scene isn't just as a restaurant owner. He's also in the process of revitalizing the property across the street at 228 Dundas (formerly Honest Lawyer). The space will eventually have apartments on the top three floors and commercial space on the first floor.
Wanting to taste Latin america? You can visit CHE at 225 Dundas Street and see the menu in it's entirety on the website: cherestobar.ca. For reservations: (519) 601-7999