Orris or Violet?
- foodseeker Jan 12, 2007 05:06 PM
Deciding between these two for a nice, cozy dinner. . . Menu on-line for Violet doesn't seem to have too many choices, but everyone on this board has had such great comments. Which do you recommend, and what are your favorite dishes at each place? Thanks in advance chowhounds!!
Two very different experiences... Orris is sort of simple but elegant, French-influenced Japanese fare...somewhat lighter although there are several fried and cream-based choices like my favorite ravioli with shittake cream sauce. If you're feeling in a more Asian mood with the possibility of raw fish choices, go to Orris.
If you're feeling more like homey comfort food, go to Violet for mac 'n cheese, short tribs, etc.
Prices are probably similar, although since Violet's food is more filling, you might order fewer dishes there.
(Whoops, changed it from Musha.)
Orris. The food is really, really good. Violet is a nice place and I think it gets great reviews because it's a honest, well-prepared meal at a good price in a not-too-fussy place.
Finally got around to trying Violet the other night. The food was, on the whole, fantastic and quite reasonably priced. I'll post a more detailed review on another thread, but I will say I was suitably impressed. I prefer Orris but you really can't go wrong at either. As someone else noted, if you're looking for an Asian influence, Orris is the place to go, while Violet is more about American comfort food. In both cases, I love the creativity and flexibility that small plates provide.
I like both... But for different reasons. I like the autmosphere and service better at Violet, it feels like a much nicer rounded restaurant. My favorite dishes are the short ribs and the Mac N Cheese.
But if food was the #1 factor, I'd go with Oris. They always have a great variety of dishes. I love their Ahi 'wraps', their crab cakes, their Black Cod in Miso is the BEST I've had in town...