Providence - is the tasting menu a must-do??
my great BF got us reservations for friday evening but they are right at 8:30 when the tasting is no longer served. do you think if we get there early we can squeeze in? or should i call?
i would consider rescheduling if it were not my birthday and i've been dying to go all this time. in any case, how is the a la carte selection?
There's lots of good stuff on the a la carte menu, but you probably won't get to try as many dishes. The tasting menu is pretty nice, and, it's a great introduction to the restaurant. I'd call them and see if they'll make an exception.
The confusion might be that there is a set tasting menu (printed on the menu) -- I think called the market menu. It consists of 5 or 9 courses. I have been to Providence about 5 times--2 of those times we ordered a la carte and I definitely prefer either the 5 or 9 course tastings, which we did the other 3 times I was there.
There is also a spontaneous chef's tasting menu, which is about 14 courses and costs a whole lot more. I bet that is what has to start before 8:30. I have never had the pleasure of the full tasting, but believe me, the 9 course is fabulous. I went a few weeks ago and took pictures. I will try to post this week. I say keep that reservation!