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Apsara - Public St. Providence


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Apsara - Public St. Providence

joe777cool | | Oct 18, 2009 10:20 AM

My fiancee and I went there last night due to the numerous recommendations of CH's. Very disappointed. I started off with a bowl of soup which as delicious and the food went down hill from there. We shared 3 dishes, a beef/broccoli/noodle dish - the best of the 3 but nothing I would do back for, a Thai Sweet & Sour dish - very thick gummy/sauce with an unpleasant after taste, and a spicky garlic sauce dish - again very thick and gummy sauce.

The service was terrible. We sat there with menus for 10 minutes without a visit to the table. The menu is so long, we had questions but there wasnt anybody available to help. The server finally took our drink order as well as my soup order, and my soup came out before the drinks. I actually had to get ahold of the waitress and make the "hand to mouth" signal. The food came out about 2 minutes after the drinks. When we were done we waited another 10 minutes for her to come over to check on us (no stop to the table during the dinner). It was actually another server than came over and packed up the minimal leftovers we had. Then another wait to get and then pay the check. I dont even know if this place has any desserts, none were offered.

Whats even worse is the dining room was 1/2 full during our meal. It got a bit busier as we were leaving but there was no excuse for the poor service.

Finally, I wouldnt exactly say this place is a "cheap eat" I know we got 3 main courses but it still cost us $45 with a large side of rice, the $2 bowl of soup (the best deal on the menu), 1 soda, tax and 15% tip. Also very little in terms of leftovers, the best part of Chinese/asian food....only enough for my faincee to have lunch today (and again we ordered 3 meals) In this part of RI - lets call it what it is here - there are much better deals to be had IMHO!

I am willing to give it another try, I may have to convince my fiancee though, but what do you all recommend next time if and when we go? Also anyhone else notice a decline in food, service, or value??

PS - Went to Kings Garden in Cranston a few days before and had a GREAT meal. Good food, service, and good portions. The dim sum was delicious!