One night trip to PVD Sun-Mon this weekend. Sunday late afternoon, we hit up PVD Coal-Fired Pizze for a pre-dinner snack, followed by dinner at north. We got a half clam-half rocket (margherita with a healthy dose of rocket on top). I snuck a slice of the clam pizza - flavorful but a bit oily for me (little wonder, with clam, pancetta, and potato as toppings...gotta be liberal with the EVOO, no?). My rocket half was good - the sauce was to my taste. Crust was thin and chewy but we both wanted a bit more salt in dough. And I wanted...something...more soul? I dunno. But we liked it and would go back again in a minute. Had a couple of glasses of sangiovese and malbec. Comfortable room and family-friendly crowd (PVD Bruins game had just gotten out so a lot of families showed up all at once), which has not always been the case in that area. Nice to see for this native RIer.
Back to hotel to rest and then off to north in Luongo Sq for our "real" dinner. We never ate there when it was Ama but we had poked our heads inside, so we were prepared for the wondrous Kyla Coburn-designed interior...that's all I'll say..you just have to check it out for yourself. Around 7 pm, we nabbed a booth (the tiny bar was full). Ordered the Burmese chickpea and pomelo salad, Brussels sprouts, spicy sesame noodles, and tonkatsu ramen. Stoopid. Ugh..why did we pre-game? We could've skipped the Brussels sprouts - not because they weren't delicious, but in comparison to the Burmese salad, it paled in comparison and we were not super-hungry. We went to Burma a few years ago and the most memorable things we ate there were the fresh, bracing salads. This version was ridiculous. Deep-fried chickpeas, shallots, basil, mint, pomelo...sigh. We both kept going back to that salad and eating the Brussels sprouts because while they were good, we also hate wasting food. We wouldn't have complained about a double order of the Burmese salad. Then came my spicy sesame noodles with small fried cubes of tofu (subtle flavor - I wanted a bit more oomph, but the noodles were toothsomely good and the flavor started building up with each bite) and B's tonkatsu ramen. Oh wow. The richest, opaque broth; flavorful tonkatsu but had lost the crisp by the time I tried it (I admit, I took a bite or two...!). I was a little dubious when I saw the thin noodles which I am unaccustomed to in ramen but then I tried them and shut my mouth. B was calling mercy so I had to help him finish off the bowl.
As a post-script, is this jiro-style ramen broth that people keep talking about that Yume Wo Katare in Cambridge serves? If so, I think I can handle it, even as a pescatarian! We had plenty bowls like this in Japan a few years ago...and growing up, I could polish off my share of ramen quite readily. Of course, there were no slabs of roast pork in north's ramen.
We also go to White Electric/Julian's/Seven Stars so we wanted to try something different. We checked out Small Point Cafe for coffee, green tea, everything bagel, scone. Perfect for what we needed after all that rich food the previous night. Love the space!
I miss living in PVD.