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Providence - a short take

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Providence - a short take

Fidelixi | Mar 29, 2006 11:56 PM

The short version: um..., like..., definitely pretty alright but I have to say no more than that. The tasting menu requires the whole table and I couldn't get the whole group on board so we were left to pick and choose from the menu. I had the kampachi with uni in a yuzu sauce; waaaay to acidic. Crazy-style. Wife had the foie gras, which was superb, salty and sweet and delicious. But, how can you ruin foie gras? Mains were salmon with black truffle, the monkfish, the striped bass and the snapper, which was the best of the lot. All in all a bit fussy, precious and overdone. Just not my type of cuisine - not purely committed enough to either a Western or Eastern approach. The wines: Drouhin Clos des Mouches '02 was fantastic - totally spoils you for more common wines. Really beautiful. The Sine Qua Non Hollerin' M had a wonderful, powerful nose - seductive, earthy, and loamy. The wine itself was less than promised - a bit fruitier and more straightforward, big and not particularly delicate, prob. better with a few years of taming. Desserts were elaborate but very good -- a milk chocolate creme with some kind of ovaltine crumbs and marshmallows. All in all a fun adventure but in the end when you actually know how to prepare food yourself it's all a bit underwhelming.

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