PVD/RI * September '12 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon
A bit late this month, but better than never.
What news here this month in Providence and Rhode Island?
North opened in the former Ama spot on Tuesday. We plan to check it out tomorrow night, will report back.
We ended up at The Grande, a new spot on Federal Hill, Saturday night. It was predictably bad. We were with a group and split the baked brie app and the mussels app. The mussels were fine, but the brie was cold in the middle and the pastry crust was undercooked. It was served with "artisanal" crackers, which turned out to be butterfly crackers that I'm sure were taken straight from a box. For my entree I had duck confit served with "house-pressed" waffle (which I took to mean fresh). The duck had a slimy piece of skin covering meat so salty I couldn't finish it. While the waffle may have been homemade, it had clearly been reheated. It ended up soggy in the places where it adsorbed the peach compote and dry everywhere else.
Cocktails were executed better than food, and we were with good friends so the night wasn't a total loss.
Does anyone know what's going on with the diner that was moved onto Westminster St months ago?
We made it to North last night. We arrived about 6:30 - the bar was full-ish, but we were only the 2nd table. Things did fill up not long after we arrived. They haven't changed the Ama decor, which was fine by us, we always thought it was a nice space.
It was only their third night open for business and they're still serving a limited menu. We started with the oyster special and the squash salad. The oysters (3 for $7) came topped with a toasted spinach/artichoke/crumb mixture and were divine. The squash salad ($9) was served in a bowl and consisted of sauteed (nicely browned) zucchini and summer squash, mixed with chunks of toasted, vinegary, sourdough bread, and whole leaves of thai basil. Overall a good dish, I found the squash a little under seasoned, but the bread and basil mostly made up for that. They don't have entrees yet, so we both had sandwiches. My husband loved his scrapple sandwich ($9), particularly the sauce. I also enjoyed my lobster roll ($14), though it looked pretty lonely on my plate as there was not a lot to it. Fried shallots and cilantro were nice additions, though I didn't get a lot of green curry flavor, as described on the menu.
Overall we though it was good and a nice addition to the neighborhood. We'll be back when the full menu is available.
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