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new menu for lucques..?

FOODIEFOODIE Jun 12, 2008 10:47 AM

does anyone know how often lucques changes the menu
because i've tried everything on there and want something new
:)also does anyone know how much dinner at bastide or providence would cost for 3 people if we went with the tasting menu?

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    Diana RE: FOODIEFOODIE Jun 12, 2008 11:35 AM

    Which tasting menu for providence, 5, 9 or Chef's? You could look on the website and calculate it out. They don't list the chef's menu, which can vary a little and is the most $$, but the most worth it.

    1. Maxmillion RE: FOODIEFOODIE Jun 12, 2008 12:22 PM

      Suggest you also investigate Sona's tasting menu -- IMHO superior to Providence.

      Plus, when we went (and I think this is still the case) they brought out completely different dishes, depending on preferences stated at the beginning. Eg at that time I was avoiding red meat but my guy was not.

      Def go with the paired wines, too. Here's where I found Sona especially shone in comparison with Providence, in addition to their marvellous cuisine.

      Second the rec to search the respective websites for current prices.

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        Diana RE: Maxmillion Jun 12, 2008 12:33 PM

        Really? Does anyone else prefer Sona? I've found Providence to be so magical!


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          FOODIEFOODIE RE: Diana Jun 12, 2008 12:55 PM

          i prefer providence..
          i went to sona two nights ago and got the 6 course tasting menu and i liked it but didn't love it. it was alright. does anyone else agree with me?

          1. re: Diana
            carter RE: Diana Jun 12, 2008 12:58 PM

            I missed the magic so much I have never returned.
            And I just hate the look and feel of the place.

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              FOODIEFOODIE RE: carter Jun 12, 2008 01:38 PM

              do you think the full tasting menu at providence is a MUST?
              or is the 5 course just as good.
              when i went there, i ordered from the menu

              1. re: FOODIEFOODIE
                Diana RE: FOODIEFOODIE Jun 13, 2008 07:17 AM

                5 course is good, full is better, Chef's is BEST!

                Really, pick the best tasting menu you can afford. They do more TMs some nights than a la cartes, for a reason.

                Every tasting menu is a joy, but the Chef's is an experience beyond anything you've ever done before, and well worth the $$. better, if you can get the Chef's table. (Usually for four or more only Fri and Sat, but sometimes OK for to from Mon-Thurs)

              2. re: carter
                Maxmillion RE: carter Jun 23, 2008 10:40 PM

                lol -- yes!!

              3. re: Diana
                hrhboo RE: Diana Jun 12, 2008 02:38 PM

                I vastly prefer Ortolan to both Sona and Providence.

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                  Maxmillion RE: hrhboo Jun 23, 2008 09:33 PM

                  OH! me too!

                2. re: Diana
                  condiment RE: Diana Jun 12, 2008 06:15 PM

                  I also prefer Providence, which is much more ingredient-driven than Sona, and where individual dishes - as opposed to successions of tastes - seem more intelligently composed. Although I do like both places a lot.

                  1. re: Diana
                    Maxmillion RE: Diana Jun 23, 2008 09:34 PM

                    I think I am def in the minority re pref for Sona over Prov.

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                  slacker RE: FOODIEFOODIE Jun 12, 2008 05:27 PM

                  As you prob know, Providence is rolling back their prices to 2005 in celebration of their 3rd anniversary--Woo big savings. lol. Anyway, for the week of June 15-21--next week, prices are: 70/100 and 90/135 for the 5 and 9 course, respectively, w/o and w/ wine.

                  I've tried the 9 course, and not sure if the 5 course will fill me up.

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                    hrhboo RE: slacker Jun 12, 2008 05:37 PM

                    The 5-course isn't any less filling than the 9-course, as the portions are bigger. The portions get smaller as the number of courses increases. The Chef's menu doesn't usually fill me up any more than the 9-course.

                    1. re: hrhboo
                      jlrobe RE: hrhboo Jun 12, 2008 10:48 PM

                      Does Patina, Spago or Melisse get any love on this board?

                      1. re: jlrobe
                        Diana RE: jlrobe Jun 13, 2008 07:18 AM

                        I Dug the Spago tasting menu, but PRovidence was better, in terms of food AND service (although Spago was indeed top-notch for both, too!)

                      2. re: hrhboo
                        slacker RE: hrhboo Jun 13, 2008 02:25 AM

                        Ah, thanks for that information! That will be very helpful in deciding next time.

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                      Newkie RE: FOODIEFOODIE Jun 13, 2008 03:27 PM

                      Regarding the Luques question: I'm not sure exactly how often they change it, but I went about a month ago and then came back two weeks later and was surprised to see almost all the entrees were different. It's nice to see a restaurant that's truly seasonal, though I was admittedly a bit disappointed as I was craving the roast suckling pig I had on that first visit.

                      1. Tom P RE: FOODIEFOODIE Jun 13, 2008 09:30 PM

                        The website stays fairly updated. The Sunday Supper menu comes on Thursdays, always accurate, and the only time the in house menu did not match the website was the very first week of a switch over. They seem to switch at least 4 times a year, if not more. I was there for a wonderful lunch about 3 weeks ago and there are already different items on each menu:


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