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dinner at Chinese Laundry, Pvd

michelem Apr 27, 2008 06:09 AM

Went to Chinese Laundry Friday night to celebrate wedding anniversary. Got there 7-ish, and despite it being a teeny tiny place, we got a table right away. (A teeny tiny table near the bar.)

Server was knowledgable and pleasant. We ordered the spicy calamari ($10.50) and the wasabi oysters ($11) There were three TINY, less than an amuse, oysters. Yummy, but tiny. The calimari were more plentiful and yummy. Still, very pricey. Stay away from the apps, spend the money on the sushi.

Sushi was incredible. Server claimed the oh-toro comes from the same supplier as Nobu in NYC. Easily the best toro ever in the time we've lived in RI. (Oshii and Fuygaku in MA still rate higher .) The nigiri price is per piece, not for two pieces as is common in some other places. We had oh-toro (mkt... can't find the receipt), the tazmanian salmon ($3), the unagi ($3) and the yellowtail ($3.50). All incredibly delicious.
We order more toro (sashimi this time) and the menage a trois maki. Don't waste time on the maki either. It wasn't any better than Tokyo, and cost twice as much.

Nice little place, cute bar area upstairs where you can also eat. (It looked more comfortable, actually, to eat upstairs than at the tiny tables.) They also had outside tables, too, but it was a chilly night.

I'd do it as a special night dinner again, and do only sushi.

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    toding RE: michelem May 2, 2008 11:04 AM

    We went to this place and found the food (cooked) to be really bad as well.
    Didn't try the sushi - although we may...
    We ordered lots of appetizers and those were not good at all - and very expensive 4 pieces of Shumy for $19!

    I would recommend anyone not to go here, only for drinks. The better Sushi place is Haroki East in Wayland Square.

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    1. re: toding
      OOliver RE: toding Sep 19, 2009 05:36 PM

      Just read in the paper this week that this restaurant has closed. It was rumored to be closing throughout the summer, and now it has closed for good. Let's hope something more affordable can take it's place.

      1. re: OOliver
        invinotheresverde RE: OOliver Sep 19, 2009 10:02 PM

        I just don't get Elkhay. Why doesn't he just focus on doing one or two restaurants well instead of having a bunch of crappy ones?

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      chenzo64 RE: michelem Sep 20, 2009 04:50 AM

      Yes we went to Chinese Laundry this week for a drink and it was definitely closed. There was paper on the windows. Nice theme too expensive to survive.

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      1. re: chenzo64
        bustopher RE: chenzo64 Sep 24, 2009 02:55 PM

        Heard the other night from someone in a position to know that this location will be re-opening as a "burger joint". Elkay is nothing if not tuned into the market place (if a little late). A good burger at a good price and he could have another hit.

        1. re: bustopher
          dagwood RE: bustopher Sep 24, 2009 04:51 PM

          Elkay's already hit that nail on the head with Luxe Burger Bar. Excellent food, very reasonably priced.

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