For my birthday celebration, my husband took me to Providence! As a restaurant with two Michelin stars, Providence has been on the top of my list of restaurants to try. We had a fun and memorable evening with a 3.5 hour long dinner and a nice bottle of wine. Providence offers a 5-course menu, a Providence Market menu (~9 courses but with amuse-bouche, 11 courses) and a Chef’s Tasting Menu (~14 courses but with amuse-bouche, 18 courses), all with the option of wine pairing. Although we weren’t sure if we could tackle the Chef’s Tasting Menu of 14 courses on a Monday night, we went for it anyway. A few of my favorites included the Uni & Abalone, Wagyu Toast (with aroma of a flower/herb bunch on the side), and Maine Lobster. Seafood was very fresh and flavor in all dishes was very pronounced, especially on the citrusy side, but I appreciated the chef’s use of salty and sour flavors. When compared to other Michelin-starred restaurants, Providence definitely deserves its two stars, but it’s no French Laundry when it comes to service, knowledge of wait staff, and ambience. Also, I would have preferred not to see ingredients repeated several times in the menu. However, they were prepared very creatively and differently. The Crème Fraîche dessert was a nice surprise concluding the dinner with delicious almond financier beneath layers of light cream and mousse.
Chef, Michael Cimarusti / Chef de Cuisine, Tristan Aitchison / Sous Chef, Amy Wolf / Sommelier, Drew Langley