A Late Birthday at Providence

The boy surprised me to a reservation at Providence, a restaurant we could check off our Michelin list.

I'm a sucker for any place that lets me dress up a little and puts my napkin in my lap for me!

We had the 5-course tasting menu (the boy had the wine pairing, I opted for something the waiter called a "fruity delicious," and it was, fruity and delicious!) and then cleansed our palettes with a trip to Diddy Reese with our good friends who are new to L.A. Nothing like a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich to help wash down veal tenderloin and fish eggs.

Here's a recap of our foodie adventure!

[I'm intrigued by their logo. My guess is that it's supposed to mimic fishing line, since it's a seafood restaurant. Thoughts?]

[These lights were very interesting, I believe the translucent installation is trying to mimic being under water. There were also "barnacles" or sand dollars dotting the walls to add to the theme.]

[Need a shovel for your rock salt? I know who you can call.]

[Our first course! The jelly on the left was gin and tonic, the middle was a spoonful of grapefruit juice (?) and the tasty cup on the right had salmon and fish eggs with gold leaf on top. Sorry, this dish for some reason isn't included on the menu they so kindly folded up for me at the end...but it was good!]

[Japanese kanpachi: crispy rice crackers, coriander, soy creme fraiche. This was delicious, #2 on my list. The fish just melts in your mouth.]

[And this was #1 BY FAR, it was the tastiest scallop ever. Bobby's Block Island Sea Scallop: Japanese eggplant, rhubarb, cashews, reduction of vadouvan and jurancon]

[Halibut that was beautiful, but not as tasty as its friends the sea scallop and kanpachi above. Wild Day Boat Pacific Halibut: summer squash, black olive, dried apricot, basil]

[At this point I was stuffed. I know it doesn't look like much, but these little plates really fill you up, and I can eat a lot. Marcho Farms Veal Tenderloin: bacon, almond, english peas, maitake mushrooms]

[We finished the night with a very posh dessert. Yuzu curd, meringue: blackberry sorbet, jasmine.]

[And then we headed over near UCLA for a very cheap (but filling) dessert.]

[It's almost like it's smiling at you. Hello, ice cream. You're looking handsome tonight.]

The whole night was delicious.

I fully intend to do a few recap posts about our Chinese banquet this week, but unfortunately the American wedding recaps won't take place until I get the photos at the end of August.

I know, I know, the wait is killing me too. But it'll all be worth it in the end.


blushingjoy said...

The place looks fantastic and everything looks so delicious!!! Yum yum!! I've never given any thought to logos before, which is a shame because they probably spend a lot of time and money coming up with something fancy and possibly meaningful. I like the fishing line idea though. :)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Yum! Love tasting menus and they are deceptively filling. Diddy Reese! Yum!

Gaynor said...

It looks gorgeous!

Scallops are my favourite and they look divine; shame im so far away!

MayLove said...

Pretty food! I'm so jealous, our photography contract doesn't allow us to post our wedding photos anywhere, even in our house for over a year after the wedding. We won't even get the digital images (therefore I won't be able to do recaps) until after our one year anniversary. Assuming, they don't "get lost"

honey my heart said...

the meal looks so delicious!

The Less Than Domestic Goddess said...

YUM. I have never heard of Providence. It looks amazing! So glad you had a wonderful birthday dinner :)

And Diddy Reese is the best. Been going there forever, and it never gets old!

@MayLove: You can't even display them in your home?! That's nuts.

dethbakin said...


Mo said...

@MayLove: Seriously?? That's so long to go without your pictures, from your event, with your family and friends. The photographer actually specified you can't print one out and display it until after the rights are released?

@The Less Than Domestic Goddess: It's in your neck of the woods, you should check it out sometime with L!

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The Professional Bridesmaid said...

I need to put this place on my list! It's food art!

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