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My girlfriends and I found ourselves in the Parkdale area after shopping this weekend and decided to go pay Chantecler a visit. We arrived fairly early probably right before the dinner rush but was told the next available table was around 10-10:30pm. Great to see that they are going strong, but too bad for us. Disappointed, I went online to look for another restaurant in the area to go to. Through the magic of Google we were excited to find out that Chantecler now have an offshoot call Bar Fancy not too far away and so we headed east towards Queen and Dovercourt.
Honestly I have not heard of Bar Fancy before and if it wasn't for a few blog posts online we wouldn't have been able to find the place. Although the entire storefront is covered in what looks like copper (gorgeous!), we walked right by it two times and when we finally found the building we couldn't find the entrance!! Some signage would certainly help. Nowhere on the storefront does it say the name of the establishment and the entire front window is covered in hanging plants. The only indication of anything being there was a neon sign of a tiger hanging in the alleyway on the side of the building. And even when we found the door in front of the sign it was locked! Totally confused, I took a step back and noticed that there was a small sticker on the door that reads "back this way" with an arrow pointing down the alleyway. So finally, we clued in, walked down the alley and around the corner to find the entrance. Aha! Fun.
The room is unique, industrial somewhat with lots of plants and warm candle light. It feels much cozier in there than the impression that I got from the online photos that I've seen. Slightly larger than Chantecler, Bar Fancy is also not as loud. Great vibes, young, energetic, colourful. It was moderately busy, lots of action but we didn't have to wait for a table. As with Chantecler there is an open kitchen with a retro stove. This kitchen is even smaller than the one at Chantecler! We were excited to see what the chef could do in this tiny space.
The drink selection is simple, beer mostly and a small wine selection as well as cocktails, "just ask!" it says. I get the impression that this is more a bar than a restaurant (as the name implies I guess) although they do have a good selection of snacks and larger options to make dinner, including a 24oz Ribeye steak. We started off with some fancy beers that I can't remember the names of and an order of nachos and devils on horseback. Both delicious, the nachos were "dirty" in a good way. Then we worked our way through the cheese on toast and the fried chicken. The execution of the food was perfect. The fried chicken was off the chain!!! Extremely moist and not greasy. It was nicely spiced and came with a side of dill pickle, white bread and habanero sauce. This made an amazing sandwich and a HUGE portion for only $16. We wanted to try more food but we were happy and stuffed after all that. The portions are generous for the very low prices ($3-$7 for most items on the small menu) and the value here is exceptional. The server mentioned that the menu is expanding weekly as Bar Fancy is only 3 weeks old. Can't wait to come back to try the rest. Apparently oysters are half priced and fried chicken is $2 a piece between 5-7pm everday and the kitchen cooks till 2am every night! Being a little bit more central than Chantecler, I can see Bar Fancy being a place that I will be visiting often. A new after work and late night spot, amazing. This is dangerous. Has anyone else been?!
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