We were so looking forward to trying Vivre that perhaps our disappointment stems from expecting too much. The evening started out well with a warm welcome and a seemingly helpful and attentive waiter. We began our meal with a marvelous frisee salad. The dressing was delicious, the greens fresh, the bacon was plentiful and the warm goat cheese marvelous. We also ordered the duck rillette with haricots verts salad. The green beens, small fried onions and candied nuts were marvelous, however, one would think the duck would be the standout on the plate. Instead two lumps of what tasted like stewed meat sat on the plate and were almost flavorless. Except for the bite that evidently salt was poured on. The lumps looked as if someone had picked up the meat and a small bit of cooked carrot and sqoze it in his/her had to form a sort of crescent shape. This was a huge disappointment. My husband ordered the trout, which on this night had been cooked whole in the skin. The meat was moist and perfectly cooked, and it was obviously quite fresh. However, there was absolutley no seasoning on the fish and it was served with a small lemon wedge. The waiter did bring another wedge upon request. I ordered the steak with pomme frittes. While the steak was perfectly cooked and very flavorful, I have to believe someone with a bigger appetite or even someone who had not just shared a salad and an appetizer would have been extremely disappointed by the size, especially considering it is the most expensive thing on the menu. The plate was covered with excellent pommes frites, but I would not advise anyone to eat that many fried potatoes in one sitting. For dessert we shared the creme brulee - a huge disappointment for 2 people who favor that dessert over any other. It was poorly prepared. It had not set properly and the flavors - espresso and hazelnut were overwhelming for what should be a fairly delicate dessert. Sadly, we think that the chef is not preparing food up to her usual standard now that she is closing the restaurant in a month. By the way...the waiter disappeared after the meal and it took some time to get someone's attention so we could out bill. Do yourself a favor - skip Vivre and head to one of the many other wonderful places in town.
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