must-have @lucky garden, chez pascal (providence)?
we'll likely be going there for lunch when in providence in a couple weeks. my wife will definitely want some soup dumplings as we haven't had them in a while. what are the best things from their (not-traditional american) menu? i'm good with szechuan peppercorns, chiles, etc. as part of a dish, but my wife prefers things which aren't so spicy.
also, are there any must-haves @chez pascal? i've seen all the positive mentions, but didn't know if there was an appetizer / dish / dessert that they're 'known' for.
thanks for any info...
For my father's 94th birthday dinner at Chez Pascal last month, we decided to share the duck entree, as his appetite hasn't been huge lately. The waiter brought an absoloutely beautiful plate, with a 1/4 duck and confit, sweet potato torte, and roasted fennel and endive. But I was a bit concerned that it might not be enough to share. Until the waiter brought a second identical plate for my father! Without asking, the waiter had split the entree onto two separate plates, each of which was a perfectly respectable dinner for one. And absolutely delicious!
We also had a combo plate with three chocolate deserts, which was heavenly. I can't wait to go back for the cassoulet. The chef had also taken a whole vermont pig and made from it his own sausages and many other preparations.
I was prepared to splurge for the occasion, but by today's standards, the meal turned out to be a bargain.
We've had very nice dim sum from Lucky Garden, my favorite of which might be the eggpland and peppers stuffed with shrimp. We've also had a decent whole fish with ginger and scallion, and last time tried a plate of an unusual type of nicely prepared fresh greens which I've never seen before. Sorry, I can't remember what they were. They were long thin shoots with a tiny bulbous thing at the end. Not pea pod shoots, but they have those as well.
I don't have any musts for Lucky Garden, as I've only been there twice and don't recall what i loved and what i didn't...
but for chez pascal, a few things stick out--the duck confit appetizer is amazing, easily the best confit i've ever had, and the house-made charcuterie plate is also totally outstanding. their mussels are also terrific, and i've never has a disappointing salad. their mains change quite a bit with the seasons, so you're a bit on your own there, but most things are great. For dessert if they have the mint ice cream do not miss it. it's phenomenal.
I've only done Lucky Garden for Dim Sum (by RI standards, its North Providence location is a bit to far for me from the East Side for regular takeout, as I can drive to MuMu, Iron Wok, and Red Ginger much quicker than I could get to LG).
When I've done Dim Sum, though, I've often ordered some of the specials, and they've all been wonderful, so I'd look there.