Just wanted to share my thoughts on the dinner we had last night at Chestnut. I had been wanting to go there for a while so I was really looking forward to it. I started with an appetizer of haystack shrimp that was the best part of the meal, having said this, it was incredibly oily and the cilantro sauce that it came with had no taste at all. For entrees, my husband had one of the specials which was a wild bass. The bass was pretty good but not delicious, but the real dissapointment was the skate. The menu said it came with a savory caper sauce but the fish was almost dry. It really tasted like something I would have gotten at a fish and chip place. It was just fried and not seasoned at all. I asked the waitress about the sauce and she told me the green bits on top of the fish were the sauce, so I asked for more sauce. She came out with a little dish with sauce that I swear looked and tasted just like the sauce of the shimp, ie, tastless. Then came more dissapointment with the dessert. First of all, their options are very limited but we ordered the chocolate budin and it was again, just ok. The other high point of the dinner was the tea, beautifuly served and excellent quality tea. I am just baffled at the amount of wonderful and creative restaurants in Park Slope ( Al-di-la, Applewood, Flatbush Farm ) and the boring mediocre options on Smith ( Chestnut, Provence en Boite) We need a creative chef around here. My advice is, go somewhere else if you are looking for a memorable dining experience.