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CAV Restaurant Review: This Imperial Place restaurant is all drama and mood. There are white lights illuminating plants, exposed beams and tables hiding sexily within alcoves. Dramatic chandeliers add a sense of elegance. The drama, though, is also comforting, and it’s a combination that extends to the cooking. The menu is upscale and sophisticated --- the poulet aux poires (pan-seared chicken breast with red wine-poached red pears and ginger pear sauce) and duck confit and seared duck breast are signature dishes, for example --- and a $17.95 fixed-price bistro menu with smaller portions served Sunday-Thursday is a welcome touch. French and American influences are preeminent, but the menu also explores Asian cuisine, techniques and ingredients. Between courses you can browse through CAV’s collection of ceremonial art and antiques for sale. Presiding over all is owner Sylvia Moubayed, a fixture on the local restaurant scene for decades.