I just got back from a great meal at providence and felt compelled to share my experience. First of all, I love the fact that on Monday, they don't charge corkage fees. It's a great and inexpensive way to enjoy good quality wine paired with great food and service. Food highlights included an amuse of "peas and carrots" which showed complex notes of curry, an appetizer of roast foie with quince (went perfectly with my auslese riesling) and an excellent lobster risotto that someone else at the table had. One miss was the lobster bloody mary, which, for all its playfulness, was missing a kick to it, whether it be some acid or more severe spiciness to balance it out. But overall, there were really great, whimsical presentations and well executed food. The service was really professional, if a bit austere, but given the fact that this seemed like a zen temple to food, I think the austerity was appropriate. This is a restaurant on another level than others in LA in my experience (I've been in NY for the last year or so), and I hope to return in the future.