Emile’s Dream at 30,000 Feet

The cast of the show about Emile Benoit’s life and music give an impromptu 747 kitchen party.

13 May 2010

  1. M · May 13, 2010

    We ate at Chinched Bistro when it opened a few weeks ago and it was ABSOLUTELY delicious!!! Between all of us, we had most items on the menu as an appetizers or mains and everything was really, really good. Menu highlights for me included the country pate, the Thai shrimp curry, the Newfoundland wild mushroom risotto and the pork belly. The decor is modern and cozy! Yummy!

  2. Jane · May 13, 2010

    After eating many meals cooked by these to fabulous chefs, I was honored to finally eat in THEIR restaurant! The food was absolutely amazing, the atmosphere was awesome and the service was great! I had the steak, it was cooked to perfection and extremely tasty. The desserts were also amazing. I left and I was chinched for days!
    Everyone must go, you will not regret it!!!

  3. Sharon · May 13, 2010

    Chinched is my new favourite restaurant in town. I have been there often since they opened, and everything is just delicious. The new bar menu is awesome – you can try everything for $4-$6 a plate!
    Great atmosphere, great staff, great food, entertaining window viewing… all the makings of a good evening!

  4. Jill · May 13, 2010

    Went to Chinched a couple of weeks ago with a few friends and tried almost everything on the menu. Everything was amazing; the atmosphere, the food, and the service. I can’t wait to go back and taste the bar menu! Try it – it won’t disappoint!

  5. Lauren · May 13, 2010

    We ate at Chinched recently.

    The food is really good. In particular, the Thai shrimp curry was excellent. Even the country pate (which wasn’t to my taste) was nicely done. The staff was really friendly and eager to please.

    Good food, good atmosphere, good prices, good service.
    What more are you looking for in a meal at a restaurant?

    Highest recommendation.

  6. Chad · May 13, 2010

    We went to Chinched opening night and it was absolutely amazing! I started with the Cauliflower Bisque and had the pork belly as my main and me and my wife were so chinched we had to split the Mocha Mousse with Salted Peanut Butter Biscotti as our desert. Great food, great prices and outstanding service. Be sure to check it out.

  7. Matt · May 13, 2010

    We went to Chinched last-night and had a wonderful evening! We first asked to sit upstairs but found the noise level to be a tad bit high. We asked to at the downstairs bar to which our server graciously accommodated. The small plates were absolutely divine because it allowed us to sample an array of the chef’s dishes.
    From the bar menu we ordered the pork belly, green salad, southern fried chicken liver, quail, and country pate. My favorite was the southern fried chicken livers. It had such a wonderfully crisp exterior and tasted even better accompanied by the sweet vinaigrette. My only slight criticism is that the pate tasted a little overly salted for my palate. All the other dishes we had were absolutely delicious.
    Our night ended with an absolute bang! Our dessert was a huge chocolate cupcake topped with bacon fat/butter frosting and sprinkled with bacon pieces. Talk about the most decadent, sweet and salty thing I have ever eaten. I would love for them to keep this on their dessert menu! At the end, chocolate truffles came with our bill, a nice change from the ubiquitous mints!
    The services was great and the food was fantastic! I highly recommended this place and I’ll definitely be back!!!

  8. Peter · May 13, 2010

    Visiting from out of town. Read the rave reviews so decided to try it out. The food was excellent, went with the waitress (Heather) recommended special – slow braised veal cheeks, she said I won’t need a knife to cut them, just use a fork, she was right – “melt in your mouth” and oh so delicious ! The dessert was fantastic – can’t remember what it was called (like mini cream donuts filled with vanilla pudding with a partridge berry sauce), I just asked Heather to bring me her recommendation. Great service, fantastic food, cozy atmosphere (sat down stairs), you can’t go wrong.

  9. Robert · May 13, 2010

    Me and my girlfriend ate at Chinched the other night for her birthday, we walked away perfectly full and very happy. The food was amazing!! We experienced the 3 things that truly make a restaurant. Great food, Great Atmosphere and Great service. You can’t beat it. Basically to sum it up. Eat the Pork Belly.

  10. saltine · May 13, 2010

    I so wanted to love Chinched. Most of the food was very good, but weird policies and a pricey wine list were a problem. We wanted to try something from the bar menu, but we were sitting upstairs, and they couldn’t make that happen. Really? Something about different cash downstairs, and they had to keep it separate. Then there was the wine list, which offered very little for under $40. Between the two of us, we tried a lovely celeriac soup, pork belly (ok), quail (boring), and gnocchi (excellent). We shared a zeppola for dessert; it was overbaked and lacking in flavour. Overall, factoring in service and cost, the price/quality ratio is off.

  11. Clare · May 13, 2010

    Last night my boyfriend and I ate at Chinched for an early Valentine’s Day treat. We ordered a few things off the bar menu at first, I had the gnocchi, pig’s tongue and pork belly. I also had the calamari, which was a special. They were all delicious. The food was great and there were lots of things on the menu that were quite different. But there also some less adventurous items as well. The staff was friendly and attentive and we had a great evening. The chocolate pudding dessert was to die for. My only issue was the the beer was a little more expensive than I thought it would be at $9.50 for QV light.

  12. megn · May 13, 2010

    Love this place! The food is inventive and delicious, and they change the menu up often which keeps me interested and coming back for more. Service is fabulous and very personal. They make me feel like a regular even though I’ve only been a couple times. Chinched is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to eat, and guests I’ve brought here feel the same.

  13. NLLostBrother · May 13, 2010

    I think something got a little messed up there. I’ve been to Chinched and 9.50 is the price of two QV light’s

  14. Frank · May 13, 2010

    I had a similar experience. As good as the food is, the service leaves a little to be desired. Any restaurant that isn’t going to do everything in its power to accommodate its guests, especially in the very competitive St. John’s market, is going to have a problem retaining those guests!

  15. NextGirl · May 13, 2010

    They serve the “Bar Menu” in the “Bar”. I think they are trying to create “Bar Business” or a “Bar Scene”. I see nothing wrong with that. If you want to eat off the “Bar Menu”, sit in the “Bar”. It doesn’t make you a second class citizen to sit in the bar. I’ve been there on a busy night in the bar. Very fun atmosphere!

  16. M · May 13, 2010

    We had another excellent meal at Chinced this past weekend. This time we sat downstairs at the bar to try out the menu there. We tried two of their Newfoundland inspired cocktails – a Cloud Nine (with bakeapple preserve) and a blueberry margarita – both were excellent! As for the bar menu, we tried four different dishes (for $22!) – the duck confit with gnocchi (awesome), cod fritters (yummy), the charcuterie plate (yummy too), and mussels (really, really good – with lots of garlic and ginger). We also had a piece of the flourless chocolate cake which was delicious. We give it four thumbs up!

  17. sp · May 13, 2010

    the food was top-notch and the service was very good. the best dining experience I’ve had in st. john’s in a very long time. can’t wait to go again.

  18. Kirkland · May 13, 2010

    I was really excited to try Chinched after reading the great reviews, I was highly dissapointed! The food was not fabulous by any means. I like fine dining as much as anyone but beef tounge pate does not sound appetizing. Half the shells in the cocounut mussles were empty – the bread tasted gluten free – not good! The salmon dish was crunchy, but I didn enoy the sticky rice. My husband like his pork belly and the complimentary truffles were yummy. The view? Ridiculous! Who wants to look at a bunch of strippers going to work at the Cotton Club for their anniversary dinner. I am not a prude in any way shape or form but I think they’d be better off in a different location or if the windows faced Water Street. Also at that price I don’t want to be on top of other patrons, its too small. If you are doing so well – please move somewhere bigger!

  19. Sarah · May 13, 2010

    As a response to the only negative comment on this site… my partner and I ate at Chinched last week and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the experience! As for the view – there are plenty of seats in the house without that view, but if you had to have a window seat, then that’s what you get. Request something out of the window, maybe on one of the cozy benches (complete with pillows!), next time you try the restaurant. The bread is most definitely NOT gluten free… it’s made with Quidi Vidi Eric’s Cream Ale, which definitely gives it a very different (and yummy)flavour. I also would recommend not judging the evening specials by their title. I don’t eat beef or pork regularly, but I gave the beef tongue pate a try and it was delicious, full of flavour and very unique! The mussels are another awesome dish, with fresh ginger and coconut milk (sometimes the meat falls out of the shell into the coconut milk and you have to dig for it, but that’s part of the experience with mussels!).

    I can honestly say that we loved everything we tasted from the menu, house cocktails included, and the staff certainly make the Chinched experience something to remember! I would recommend making a reservation and trying Chinched sometime soon!

  20. April · May 13, 2010

    Ate at Chinched for the second time tonight and will be back again soon – the service was attendant without being overbearing, the atmosphere was fantastic and the food was delicious! Had the mussels and the quail (both as splits) and both were delicious – tons of mussels in the dish and the quail was seasoned perfectly. Had a sweet corn pudding for dessert – a unique flavour that is well worth the try.

  21. S · May 13, 2010

    Back at Chinched last night and had 3/4 of the ‘Newfoundland flavoured’ drinks on the menu (the bakeapple one was the best but all were delicious). Had quail as an app and then salmon for a main. Salmon dish tasted a bit different from the last time we were there – might have had cheese in it? Would have liked to see this mentioned on the menu as I’m not a cheese eater. That being said, it was an exceptional meal and we finished up with blueberry pie and ginger pot de creme. The bakeapples on top of the pot de creme complemented the ginger perfectly. The server was really natural – really made you feel like they wanted you to have a good time. The owner visited every table to ask how things were which was a nice touch.

  22. John · May 13, 2010

    – great food
    – interesting bar menu

    – Location
    – attitude of maitre d’

  23. CJCregg · May 13, 2010

    Dang, is this ever good, especially for the price! Great variety and value – places like Chinched have the potential to put St. John’s on the map!

    Just two things:

    1. What’s up with only serving small plates downstairs? There’s hardly any seating there and the place is tiny anyway – the upper floor is like 10 feet away. Makes no sense. :(

    2. Location. You try enjoying fine dining while staring at the pervs and peelers. Yuck. Not to mention it means I won’t be taking visitors here (although I would love to!).

  24. TemporaryBeauty · May 13, 2010

    One of my favorite places in St. John’s. The food hasn’t disappointed and have had nice wine that we then searched for at the store to enjoy at home.
    During the summer, remember to make a reservation; it’s popular and walk-ins may not be accommodated.

  25. megn · May 13, 2010

    Still my favorite place to dine in St. John’s. New Year’s Eve tasting menu was wonderful again this year and I recently celebrated a birthday with a fantastic meal. The pasta (this time it was cavatelli) is always a highlight.

  26. Val · May 13, 2010

    Good food but unimaginative and unfairly priced wine list makes matching drink to meal difficult. Low ceiling upstairs makes the place a little claustrophobic.

  27. Audrey · May 13, 2010

    Ate at Chinched last night FOR THE FIRST TIME and I was so impressed. Our table all got the chef’s plate ($35 for three courses) and all three courses were delicious. There were two different plates for our appys and mains so if one of us liked salmon more than pork, we did a switcheroo. I think the chef’s plate is a great idea if you’re on a budget and you’re feeling a bit adventurous. I personally love not having to choose what to pick at a restaurant, so it was awesome. The best thing was that it didn’t feel like I was eating a ‘discounted’ meal or food that they just slapped together. It was still presented wonderfully and tasted amazing. And the pavlova with lemon curd was holy christ amazing. Yum. A+. will return.

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