Birthday dinner at Providence! 9 course tasting menu or 5 course with wine pairing??
My husband is taking me to Providence for my 30th birthday and I'm trying to decide whether to do the 9 course tasting menu with a glass of wine, or the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairing. I'm leaning towards the 9 course with a glass of wine. Does anyone think I should consider otherwise? Also, please share any advice on how best to enjoy this gem of a restaurant (i.e. must try dishes). The cheese course is a must!
The 9 course is great.
I actually like the 5 course which allows me to add a couple of irresistible supplents off the market specials section or just go a la carte and construct my own tasting. This lets me include stuff like the ugly bunch and the chitarra with truffles.
For your first visit, probably 9 course unless there are a couple of stellar dishes on the market specials side that you *need* to have.
I have greatly enjoyed the nine course and asked the sommelier to recommend a glass of wine that paired well with the first few plates, then another glass for the next few - not including dessert. I've done that twice and both times it worked out perfectly. I once did the 9 course tasting with a wine pairing and really should have taken a taxi home but was dumb enough, and lucky enough, to manage the drive.
Another idea, go for the 9-course and order several half glasses of wine. Providence is extremely accommodating so it won't hurt to ask if that is an option.
The cheese cart is divine, a must have for any turophile dining there. It is included in full-tasting but not the 5-course, hence another reason to go 9.