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Birthday Dinner - Tasting menu at Providence or Dining Room at the Langham?

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Birthday Dinner - Tasting menu at Providence or Dining Room at the Langham?

bucktown | May 20, 2010 06:46 PM

There's a birthday coming up in a couple weeks, and I didn't know at which restaurant I should choose to celebrate. I discovered that Providence is having a special in June, where they are charging $65 for their 5 course tasting menu, which normally runs $85pp, I believe. Dining Room at the Langham has a 4 course tasting menu for $79pp, but it looks like one can choose from a list of dishes, so two people could potentially order completely separate things, thereby creating an 8 course menu if shared.

I have actually been to Providence once before, last year for Valentine's Day. It was fine, but I wasn't too impressed given the cost. Although I didn't know if I should write that off as the near universal "valentines mediocrity," so I thought I'd someday give it another chance on just a regular day. And a $65 tasting menu seems too good to pass up. I have never, on the other hand, been to Dining Room at the Langham, but have always wanted to try Michael Voltaggio's dishes, even before he won Top Chef, and don't really know another opportunity I'll be able to justify going.

Has anybody tried both menus and can definitively say which is better? Thanks!

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