We were trying to come up with a Monday night dinner spot in the general area of Fraser and Broadway - Pizza Barbarella was closed as was Les Faux Bourgeois when my friend who lives in the hood suggested Che Baba. Sounded like middle eastern but I was game. Instead I got a really great little Euro bistro (or cantina as they call it).
Located in the same strip as Fo Bo and the hot new Matchstick (what a transformation of that block!) Che Baba is right at the end, formerly part of the tire shop from the looks of it. Now it's one half yoga studio and one half full service restaurant (about 25 seats) - the yoga part is completely separate.
The menu is small with a nice daily selection and decent list of wines by the glass and half liter.
I started with the Poached Pear, Endive and Gorgonzola salad - with a nice mustardy vinaigrette and a generous portion.
For the mains we had the Lamb Shank and Pork Belly both in the $18/$19 range and both were big portions, perfectly cooked and very good from the meat to the well thought out sides.
If I had to choose between Les Faux Bourgeois and Che Baba (same owners) I'd take Che Baba - cozier and the food is really good.
They're open 7 days a week from about 10:00 or 11:00 depending on the day. A place like this makes me really wish I lived in this part of town.
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