we opted for Chive for our dinner out this week, chosen because it's gotten consistently rave reviews on here! :-) Overall it was a good experience. service was attentive, not intrusive, efficient and friendly. interior was "happening" and noise level wasn't so loud that we had to shout over the table to hear each other, although as dinner went on, the music got louder. very cool interior design! nice vibe to the whole place!
Three of us opted for the prix fixe and one ordered off the regular menu. the mushroom brioche appetizer (regular menu) was voted as the best choice in the category. I had the duck fritters over parsnip puree which was disappointing because they sounded good on the menu but the fritter to interior ratio was off. Too much batter, not enough taste or duck and the texture didn't quite work with the puree. Two of us had the root vegetable and lettuce salad which got 4 thumbs up1
Entree wise, the boneless beef short ribs were excellent, with the meat falling off itself, great flavor in the sauce. Off the regular menu, the duck entree was the chef's specialty and got another 2 thumbs up. I had the salmon with jerusalem artichoke hearts over lentils. I chose it mostly because I wanted to try jerusalem artichokes. Those were tasty and had a crunchy/substantial texture. The salmon was nicely presented over the lentils but needed salt to "wake it up." A sprinkling of salt greatly improved the dish!
Desserts were all very good. The trio of sorbets were light and flavorful. The "apple pie in a cone" was light, delicious and not overpoweringly sweet. The cone itself was fresh and crunchy! The espresso creme brulee was a slight mystery because it was very liquidy on the inside, virtually soup-like, instead of a custard. However, if you didn't think of it as a creme brulee and thought of eating an espresso-flavored Starbucks Chantico, it was very good! (hey, another idea for Starbucks...). The bittersweet chocolate bread pudding was also excellent, not too heavy or cloying.
All in all, would definitely go back again. Lots of other interesting things on the menu, especially the dessert list!