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Provence Review

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Pierre Eats Apr 22, 2007 03:44 PM

Stopped in last night (Saturday) to see what the wait was. We were told they were fully committed, but that we could eat at the bar. After checking out the bar, which was full, we said "no thanks", and then were informed that they had just received a cancellation.

The place looks great from the outside -- the blue they used to paint the exterior could not look more Provencal -- and the inside is nice too, with high ceilings and elegant lighting. Unfortunately, the fun stops there.

Rabbit Rillettes: rabbit pate with Armangac prunes and walnut toast. Sounds great, right? It was hideous. The pate was terribly dry, tasted like over-cooked chicken, and the prunes had all the freshness of a Trader Joe's trail mix bag.

Arugla salad with parmesan, lemon and anchovy: this was fine but it's kinda hard to screw this one up.

i ordered the grilled black fin tuna with olive tapenade something-or-other for my main dish. the waiter informed me that "our chef will be preparing it extra-rare tonight" (is this ever not the case?). fine. well, the tuna was anything but extra-rare. entirely over-cooked, and tasted very similar to what happens when i mistakenly overcook salmon at home.

my girlfriend order the halibut, which tasted OK, but, then again, i've never had halibut that i didn't like.

for desert, caramel pot de creme. this was actually nicely done. but it wasn't enough to salvage my opinion of the place.

atmosphere: upper class clientele, but the kind that orders a $200 bottle of wine, swishes it around in the glass, and then gulps it down like a bud light. there was a woman, who i suspect was one of the owners, who was very busy making the rounds to tables occupied by friends. if the owners have enough friends, maybe they can stay in business. but no one who knows anything will be going here for the food. people have been giving Morandi a hard time, but everything I had at Morandi was 100 times better than anything here.

i hate to be so judgmental after only one visit, and i am not the type to rashly hand out negative reviews, but this place just seemed like a complete waste of time in a city with so many other high-quality options.

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