We went back to Chez Pascal, on the Providence/Pawtucket line on Sat. night, and had another great meal. The wine list is very comprehensive, on the slightly high-priced side, but we had one of the "special" bottles, a 2002 Steltzner Claret (red "meritage" blend) that was fantastic, a "berry bomb", just as our waiter suggested ($38). They serve terrific sliced baguette, with real Normandy sweet butter--we had several helpings.
We started with 2 salads, split very nicely for the four of us. One was warm asparagus, with a round of piave cheese, over wilted arugula. It was delicious. We also had the mixed greens, with warm goat cheese rounds, and a champagne vinaigrette. The cheese comes from Farmstead, and the salad was also yummy.
For entrees, we tried the sauteed halibut, served with parsnip puree (excellent), the duck (very good), and the steak (2 of those, which was served sliced, over pureed potatoes and asparagus, and a fantastic port wine demi-glace. We ate every bit of everything. Each was about $26.
And the desserts were the best part. We split 2 desserts, one the "custard sampler", which had a mini-creme brulee, lemon custard (topped with a dark cookie) and chocolate pot de creme. It's my favorite dessert in Providence. We also had the simply named "cookies and sorbet", which came with four house-made, fabulous, different cookies, and 3 shot glasses each filled with a different house-made sorbet, cassis, tangerine, and cherry. They were divine. (each about $8)
All in all, a fabulous experience. We'll be back, esp to check out the Tues-Thurs. "Bistro Menu", 3 courses for $28 (or $31 with a glass of wine). I'll report after we've been.
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