A group of us went to Chivana on a Friday night, drawn there by the promise of a live DJ and a funky atmosphere. When I arrived, I was dissappointed to find neither. In fact the place was virtually empty, which is kind of scary at 7:30 on a Friday night.
We were seated in a nice booth in the corner and brought our menus. Pretty soon after being seated I started to feel that there was something a little off about the service, the manager behind the bar looked like she would rather be somewhere else and our server brought our friend a Manhattan made with Johnnie Black (after looking it up in a book).
On to the food....I had a hell of a time trying to decide what to order. The menu seemed all over the place. I finally settled on a veggie stirfry, although our server could not tell me what kind of sauce would be used.
When the food arrived I was pleasently surprised, it was really good! The veggies were cooked perfectly and the garlic black bean sauce was great (not too overpowering).
All in all, it felt like this place had just opened and there were a few kinks to be worked out. I think it has great potential, as the food was solid.