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I couldn't Stay away from Providence! Sister's Birthday Lunch-Report

Diana | May 5, 200807:41 AM

So, I jus thad to share the joy. My sister needed to be treated like a queen. I couldn't do a blow out, but I knew that Providence would be the right place to pamper her. Curious about lunch, I called and made reservations for last Friday. Donato assured me she would be well taken care of.

I hijacked her from work. I had told her to be ready to leave the Principal's desk for a day and to dress reasonably well. I did not tell her where we were going. We got to Melrose with enough time to do a litle shopping, window and both. We were in the new "Puppy Boutique" (eew,not a good practice, in my mind. Dogs aren't accessories!) when she said, "Are we going to stop somewhere for lunch? I'm getting kinda hungry!"


We got to Providence right at our 12:30 reservation time. We were welcomed in and shown right to our seat. Donato came over and we euro-kissed. My sister ws in awe, of Donato, of the room, of everything. Peole kept walking by and waving at me. "good to see you!" So nice!

Lunch is so much quieter, it was great. There was a big party in a table in the middle, and small groups at 4 tops and two tops.

Donato told us we could order off the menu, but that Micheal, who knew we were there, could do something special for us. My sister, knowing nothing of Providence, was confused. I settled the matter, and asked that we be able to order our mains off the menu, but have a selection of off the cuff appetizers.

And the pampering began!

There is a new bread in the baket, a fabulous foccacia with salt and seaweed. It's soft, and the seaweed is the perfect addition. Crunchy bits of salt throughout. Perfect dipped in good olive oil!

We started with an amuse of two types of tune tartare, one with Osetra on top, as well as the saffron fennel soup shot. I watched my sister's face at every bite. Joy. She was amazed at the pwerful and clean flavors. She even ate the osetra, and she is not a caviar gal.

Then began the treats! can I remember them all? Definitely not in order! Forgive me for not remembering all tha amazing gelles and sauces.

Tuna rolled around cucumber, albacore tartare in a citrus gelle, citrus sauce, with little dots of cilantro suce and a tortilla chile lime dust.

Scallops from back east, not the Deer Island, they are gone, I think these were Bobby's Island. Huge lovely things. Perfectly cooked, creamy and flavorful! With an uni sauce! Yum!

Santa Barbara Spot Prawns. Simple, fresh, deliscious. there were not presented in the salt crust grill, although lots of other people had ordered it. But I've HAD that, this was new and awesome.

I know there was more, but I'm starting to forget, and we were getting full!

Our mains were:

her: Cod with ramps. the skin was so lovely!

Me: Halibut with an uni foam sauce, crust of morel mushrooms and white asparagus.

Then donato came over and asked if we were ready to explore dessert. My sister groaned with joy and fullness, but wanted to move on! I asked for one or two, but I whispered that I would love her to have the chocolate whiskey panna cotta with the bailey's ice cream and coconut ravioli.

What we got:

Ruby Grapefruit with lichi-pandan sorbet, cocunut soup(with little shaved baby coconuts!) and little boba-oh, yum, so clean and refreshing.

NEW DESSERT!- Cherry "bomb". It came out balanced in a little cordial glass. It looked just like a little chocolate covered cherry, stem and all. But we all know Adrian is a mischevious guy. I ate mine and smiled. "OK Susie," I grinned at my sister, "put the whole thing in your mouth, don't take a little bite. The whole thing in there!, " she put it in, and started to suck. "nono, NOW bite down!" She bit, and the lovely thick chrry liquid washed the luscious melty chocolate down her throat. She looked shocked! Then she smiled. Then she giggled. It was a joy to see! (and eat)

We ended with the panna cotta a candle, and birthday wishes from everyone! A creamy dream. Susie, though stuffed, finished it all!

Partway through, Micheal came out to check on everyone, and stayed with us for a while, wishing my sister the best, and talking to us about food, beer and more!

When we left, she was in a daze. I don't think she had ever had food like that in her life. She has never before been treated like a Goddess, as everyone there was just so nice and warm.

I KNEW it was the perfect place to take her!

Mains, special menu of apps and desserts, plus an ice tea for her and a glass of wine chosen by Donato for the halibut (a perfect match from Zaca Mesa in Santa Ynez) around $240 . We did not split anything, each had our own.

I wish I could remember all of the aps! There were 4 or 5 of them! I'm in heaven from the meal, but my uncle passed this Sunday, so forgive me being scattered.

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