The Chef and The Gardener is a lovely, small (30-40 seats) restaurant that strives to provide personal service and interesting dishes. The menu was interesting and the chef was ready to make accommodation for food allergies and constraints.
The waitress has culinary school training and it was apparent in her overall service, her knowledge of the food and wines, and her tableside preparation of a Caesar salad (classic style). Her pleasant manner did a lot to make for a very enjoyable dinner.
My entrée was a rhubarb-marinated grilled chicken breast served with pickle onions. The rhubarb added a nice flavor. My only complaint was that the chicken breast was unevenly cooked. The thinner piece was a bit too-well done. However, the other piece was great.
The dessert was homemade chocolate brownies and ice cream. The brownies has a great dark-chocolate flavor and the ice cream complimented the flavor. The brownie was a little dry, but the ice cream solved that problem.
The wine list was small, but interesting. We ordered one of the few wines that was only available by the bottle and were quite pleased the wine and how it paired with the dinner.
We’ll be back the next time we visit the Portland area.