Every time I visit this wonderful, contemporary restaurant in Norfolk, VA, I feel as though I am transported to a hidden gem in New York City. The monochromatic walls and sleek furniture wouldn’t be out of place in the Big Apple, nor would the incredible food! With a food menu that changes daily with locally-sourced organic produce, Chef Christopher Corrie crafts some of the best food in Hampton Roads. Best of all, it is one of the most vegan-friendly restaurants in town!
Chef Corrie, who is born in Norway, wears his passion for food on his sleeves. A graduate of Johnson and Wales University, he creates exciting and delectable dishes inspired from his travels. Full of humor, knowledge, and a drive for perfection, Chef Corrie and his culinary creations demand attention.
The restaurant has a big wine list for people who enjoy pairing wines with food.
On a recent visit, I enjoyed an outstanding four-course meal. First, we ordered organic eggplant soup as an appetizer. Well balanced and mouth watering, the soup was the perfect way to start dinner.
Next, we had the tomato and cucumber salad. The salad sounded simple, but I was blown away by its fresh and clean flavors, perfect sweetness (derived from a maple vinaigrette), shredded cabbage, and crunch from sunflower crotons.
Our second course was the star of the evening – spaghetti squash, roasted purple potatoes, pumpkin seeds, apple flavors, and roasted mushrooms in a sherry emulsion. One would think that the flavors of the dish would be sweet; however, it was more savory. The sherry emulsion was out of this world delicious and brought the dish together.
For the last course, Chef Chris made a special dessert for us. It was a coconut chia pudding with peach and blueberry sorbet, toasted coconuts, fresh blueberries, and chocolate ganache on top. Light, healthy, and totally delicious!!
Chartreuse Bistro tops my list of best restaurants in Hampton Roads. If you want to enjoy a special evening with fine food and impeccable service, give Chartreuse a try!