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Birthday dinner at Providence! 9 course tasting menu or 5 course with wine pairing??

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SherlockNoms Jan 28, 2013 05:06 PM

Hi Hounds!

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!

Thanks!!

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  1. Porthos RE: SherlockNoms Jan 28, 2013 05:26 PM

    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.

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      SherlockNoms RE: Porthos Jan 28, 2013 06:04 PM

      Great advice! Thank you!

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        ipsedixit RE: Porthos Jan 28, 2013 06:58 PM

        I actually like the 5 course which allows me to add a couple of irresistible supplents off the market specials section
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        Nothing stops me from supplementing the 9 course tasting ...

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          Porthos RE: ipsedixit Jan 28, 2013 07:49 PM

          My gluttony must be waning with my increased age :(

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            foodiemahoodie RE: Porthos Jan 28, 2013 09:18 PM

            Fight it Porthos. I'm praying for you now.

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              SherlockNoms RE: Porthos Jan 28, 2013 10:06 PM

              Don't worry! I'll eat enough for us both!

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              J.L. RE: ipsedixit Jan 30, 2013 07:11 PM

              I too, usually go Gangnam Style when at Providence.

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              attran99 RE: Porthos Jan 31, 2013 08:52 AM

              The ugly bunch is my favorite thing on the menu...I shared it with a friend last time...next time, I think I'm ordering one just for myself.

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                Porthos RE: attran99 Jan 31, 2013 09:01 AM

                Ugly bunch. So pretty. Clearly a single serving. ;)

                 
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                  JAB RE: Porthos Jan 31, 2013 09:41 AM

                  Gold leaf?

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                    Porthos RE: JAB Jan 31, 2013 12:32 PM

                    Yep. Tastes like chicken.

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                    attran99 RE: Porthos Feb 1, 2013 11:23 AM

                    Not when you order the 5 course meal and tag on extra courses from the regular menu. Perfectly share-able if you and your dining companion are so inclined.

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                      Porthos RE: attran99 Feb 1, 2013 12:16 PM

                      Was just agreeing with your comment about getting one solo next time :)

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                prawn RE: SherlockNoms Jan 28, 2013 05:30 PM

                I'd also go with the 9 course but am admittedly not much of an oenophile. They do offer corkage if you'd like to bring your own.

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                  SherlockNoms RE: prawn Jan 28, 2013 05:36 PM

                  Really?? I didn't know that! Do you know how much they charge for their corkage fee?

                  That would be the perfect combination! I do enjoy wine but I love and appreciate food more! I can't really tell the difference between a $20 bottle compared to a $60 bottle.

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                    jaykayen RE: SherlockNoms Jan 31, 2013 12:09 PM

                    Call and ask, I think it used to be free on Mondays.

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                  estone888 RE: SherlockNoms Jan 28, 2013 05:35 PM

                  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.

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                    SherlockNoms RE: estone888 Jan 28, 2013 06:07 PM

                    Its sounding like the best option is definitely the 9 course with a glass of wine or a bottle for corkage! Thanks!

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                      Porthos RE: SherlockNoms Jan 28, 2013 06:13 PM

                      Corkage is $30. Free on Mondays.

                      If you are only having a glass and don't know much about wine, you should ask for a recommendation for a glass from their list. A proper pairing can elevate both the food and wine.

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                        foodiemahoodie RE: Porthos Jan 28, 2013 06:48 PM

                        Another possibility - get one wine tasting and share it.

                  2. Rodzilla RE: SherlockNoms Jan 28, 2013 09:34 PM

                    the food menu is what shines, not the wine selection. 9 course for sure!

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                      zack RE: SherlockNoms Jan 30, 2013 06:54 PM

                      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.

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                        jaykayen RE: SherlockNoms Jan 31, 2013 12:09 PM

                        The 9 course is too much food.

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                          SherlockNoms RE: jaykayen Jan 31, 2013 02:25 PM

                          I don't know if there's ever too much food! :)

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                            ipsedixit RE: jaykayen Feb 1, 2013 02:08 PM

                            My issue, in all seriousness, with the 9 course at Providence is the time factor.

                            It's literally 2+ hours long, and about 3/4 of the way through it I sort of wish the 7th or 8th course came with a Shiatsu massager.

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                              SherlockNoms RE: ipsedixit Feb 2, 2013 10:36 PM

                              Haha, I've definitely heard the excessive time factor is an issue for some. My husband took me to afternoon tea today and we spent a few hours there, so hopefully it will prep us well for the tasting (which I think is tomorrow!). I will report back with details!

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                                attran99 RE: SherlockNoms Feb 13, 2013 03:15 PM

                                They do afternoon tea? What's that like?

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                                  SherlockNoms RE: attran99 Feb 13, 2013 04:03 PM

                                  Oh, sorry! No, Providence doesn't do afternoon tea. I was just comparing the time it usually takes for an afternoon tea to that of the tasting.

                                  I frequent afternoon teas (one of my favorite things!) so the time factor at Providence was not a problem! I've had ample practice at long, drawn out food fests!

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