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Providence--mini review

JBK | Jul 2, 200504:48 PM

This the newly opened restaurant where Patina was and the chef Michael (can't spell his last name) formerly the Water Grill chef.
Three of us went and want to say in front that we usually don't go to a restaurant until its had a few months to sort out the wrinkles, but one of the party was going out of town for quite a while so we did it, and will say it was generally an excellent experience and ran pretty smoothly for being open such a short time.
Also want to say, that unlike Patina, there was no 'attitude', everybody was pleasant and helpful. The only negative was that the service was a little slow and at times, slightly befuddled, but am sure they'll get it right shortly.
This is a seafood restaurant of course with a tasting menu we skipped as being too much food and did the a la carte bit and we all tasted some of what we all had.
There was an amuse bouche of we all thought was a small ball of tuna salad and a cup of vol au vent. OUr starters were a light chowder they call 'chowda', oysters from Seattle and a tuna tartar. The main courses were a Copper River salmon, tuna I think was from Japan waters and a pan-roasted duck breast. All the food is beautifully presented and somewhat vertical, E.G. the salmon came in two stacks with a salmon skin bridge.
It was all good to very good, bordering on being even better with a little more time.
We passed on a cheese as nothing really stood out and shared a couple of desserts, strawberries with a whiskey sauce and some peach concoction, both pretty good.
Now to the prices, it's an expensive place, food ran around $80 per personand our 2 bottles of wine, one chard and one pinot close to $200 and those were the cheap bottles! They had a load of California wines at between $400 and a grand per bottle.
I wouldn't mind coming back in a few months and see how the restaurant adjusted.

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