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Just had the tasting menu at Providence

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  • krez Oct 7, 2007 09:49 AM
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My SO and I had the tasting menu (9 course) last night - it was our first time there and I had the meal on someone else as a gift. Was very impressed and thought you might like to know what was on the menu so I'll do my best - I didn't write down the names so I'm checking the online menu too.... The SO had with the wine pairing, and I had a few sips...

Amuse Bouches:

- Gin and Tonic gelee with baking soda and lime wedge on a spoon - the lime on the baking soda was supposed to make it seem carbonated, but it didn't quite. Although the flavor was very "gin and tonic". Was an interesting taste.
- Mojito Raviolo on a spoon - This was wonderful. The liquid center burst out when you put in on your tongue and there was a tiny mint leaf just on top on the inside for the right amount of flavor. Excellent.
- Watermelon soup shooter with wasabi oil and melon and green olive on a pick. We ate the olive and melon first then the shooter. The wasabi oil was not overpowering but you could feel it in the back of your throat. Very good.

Menu:

1. Big Eye (I think) Tuna tartare, hearts of palm, red radish, wasabi creme fraiche and pickled hearts of palm, served with toasted brioche. This tasted wonderful. I know tuna tartare is overdone but who cares when it tastes this good.
2. Maine lobster, yellow beets in two forms, american caviar, fried tarragon. Not my favorite. The lobster was a little chewy and the flavors were okay but not very interesting.
3. Bobby's Block Island Sea Scallops, gewertz sauce, frankly I can't remember what else was on this plate. But I do remember that the scallop was perfectly seared and heavenly.
4. Halibut with white beans, bacon, tomato, herbs and celery leaf. This dish may have been my favorite. I usually don't like halibut because it turns out dry so often, but this was perfectly cooked and juicy. The beans and bacon added a smokiness that really matched well with the fish.
5. Wild King Salmon, slow roasted, root vegetables, shimeji mushrooms, crispy salmon skin. This salmon was cooked in a way that it tasted cooked, but the texture and color looked raw. I asked the server and he said the salmon was cooked between two sheets of parchment and slow cooked at 200 degrees. And the salmon skin was, oh my, what can I say - crispy skin!
6. Medallion of Veal, medium rare, morel mushrooms in jus with some green stuff..., and butterball potato - buttery mashed potato. I don't usually eat veal, but I made an exception this time. Was very good and tender, but not my favorite. Was nice to finally have some meat though.
7. Market Cheese Plate with dried figs and candied walnuts and raisin nut bread - What can I say? We probably picked too many cheeses, but we love cheese. There was a particular stinky, seeping double cream cheese from France that knocked our socks off.
8. Carrot sorbet and Wasabi Peas. Carrots and peas, clever. I told the server I was allergic to peas at the beginning of the meal but got this anyway. Oh well, I didn't complain because everything was great and they had like 50 servers running around doing everything. I just ate the carrot which was nice and sweet. My SO said that the peas had a nice hot contrast to the sweet.
9. Poached Bartlett Pear on frangipane torte, huckleberries and sauce, miso ice cream. The ice cream was too sweet for me and the huckleberries to chewy - they were dried I think. But the SO liked them. I loved the pear, torte and sauce though, very nice!

It was a wonderful night and we got to experience something great that we never had before. Thanks for reading!

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  1. great review and descriptions!

    We were there last night as well with a slightly more complicated, but briefer meal (different tasting menus going at once). I'll post when I can edit it down to a reasonable length.