We were quite excited to dine at Chives, as it had come highly recommended by a few friends of mine who had gone to school in Halifax.
As we walked in, we noted that the ambiance was quite nice and staff was very friendly. It wasn't very busy yet, although we do know that it can get busy as a reservation was recommended.
I opted for two appetizers: Lobster Gnudi "a la king" and Alantic Seafood Chowder. Both were amazing! Both were ample portions, and together created a great meal. The gnudi was perfectly made, and served with a huge amount of lobster and sweet peas in a delicious sauce, in a nice dish. The chowder was unreal. It was both very satisfying, yet light at the same time. It also had a large amount of seafood in it. Both were unreal.
My mom had the special of the day, which was the halibut with some sort of lemon vinaigrette and seasonal vegetables. The only reason I don't give this restaurant a full five stars, is because the lemon vinaigrette really overpowered the dish. When she took her first bite she literally recoiled. I didn't believe her until I took a bite as well. We mentioned it to the server, who was very nice about it, but also stated that it was supposed to be this way. I honestly think someone just really didn't properly taste the vinaigrette before plating up the dish--I wouldn't be surprised if they had complaints about it that night.
We also had a sampling of the cheddar biscuits which were delicious (served in a cute, paper bag), and I had the pumpking bread pudding (which was unreal!).
All in all, this restaurant was a great pick. Despite the minor hiccup with the halibut, you can tell that the chef has a great flair for combining flavours, and that the ingredients are fresh and delicious.
Although it is a bit on the pricier side, we felt the prices were justified for the quality of food and the amount of seafood we received with each meal!
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