It’s not too difficult to get lost for a moment while dining at Chartreuse Bistro in downtown Norfolk and imagine you are in a quaint café someplace in one of those Scandinavian countries where everything is beautiful, from the food to the furniture design.
Tall, floor-to-ceiling windows afford views of the tree-lined Main Street in downtown Norfolk, just across from the federal building. The light rail rumbles by, and sun light floods in, filling the succinct space, which is decorated like something out of a Martha Stewart-meets-Ikea catalog.
Fresh flowers greet diners on each table, as does a well-planned (and perfectly executed) menu that changes daily based on the chef’s food sources and pure whim.
The feel and the food come from Norway-born Executive Chef Christopher Corrie, who owns and operates the eatery with his wife, Karine Varga; inspiration for Chartreuse Bistro came from their 2009 honeymoon.
All we can say to that is—it must have been one heck of a vacation.
205 E. City Hall Ave., Norfolk