The décor is sultry and seductive, with teal walls, a velvet curtain, low lighting, and old black-and-white movies being projected onto a gray sheet. It has a speakeasy feel to it.
Charlie Was A Sinner serves insanely delicious innovative bar food, such as Maryland-Style Crab Cakes, Charred Caesar Salad, and Chickpea Fries, with equally impressive drinks. While they have traditional drinks, I went for the Bodhisattva, an adult version of a mango lassi, made with coconut milk, yogurt, cardamom, mango, and cardamom, with a healthy dose of Sailor Jerry.
Since the menu is made up entirely of small plates, I went with six people (my suggestion is to go with a group of people so you can try a little of everything). We ordered about 75 percent of the menu, and were impressed by everything we were served. However some things were so good, we had to order seconds.
Two plates that stuck out to me for similar reasons were the chickpea fries and potato croquettes. Both were fried on the outside, extremely smooth and creamy on the inside, with a mellow taste. The fries were served with garlic aioli, while the croquettes were served with a smoked paprika aioli, perfect accompaniments.
Another amazing dish was the Korean Style Fried Tofu, crispy tofu with a sweet and spicy sauce, black sesame and garden pickles. The combination of the sweet and spiciness of the sauce, along with the vinegar from the pickles made it a very well rounded dish.
One more plate that stood out for me was the Bucatini and Meatballs. While the meatballs were well seasoned, what really made the dish for was the bucatini. The pasta was cooked to a perfect al dente, giving it just enough bite to make the texture on point.
While the restaurant has only been open for a month or so, the food is so spectacular you would never know it, and everything is beautifully presented. Even thought it’s located by Vedge, another vegan bar/restaurant, expect something completely different. And although it can get expensive, it is an extremely fun environment that promotes sharing, and, in my opinion, worth every penny.