Our most recent meal at Providence was once again with guests from out of town. For the first time, we were seated in the cellar room to the right of the main entrance. I liked it - more private than the main dining room, without the isolation of the chef's table. We'll have to remember to request this space in the future (although it is not necessarily conducive to photography due to the extreme mixed lighting in the room - thus, I apologize in advance for the photos).
The tasting menu was quite a departure from previous progressions (for the better, in my opinion). As I've given background ad nauseum about the restaurant in earlier posts, I'll get right to it and let the pictures tell the evening's story.
|Amuse 1 - Mojito, Screwdriver|
|Amuse 2 - Oysters, real and imitation|
|Amuse 3 - Binchotan-grilled sword squid and chorizo, sake/miso-glazed Monterey Bay abalone|
|Amuse 4 - Nasturtium leaf, scallop tartare, crumbled senbei|
|Amuse 5 - Nori focaccia, uni, lardo de bellota, black truffle|
Shiso, soy salt, foie gras powder, sea beans, chive blossom
Yuzu kosho creme fraiche, oro blanco, sprouted mung beans
|Santa Barbara spot prawn, white asparagus|
Smoked butter, caviar, fava beans, green almonds, borage
|Wild sierra mackerel|
Artichoke, Nantes carrots, pearl onion, parsley-jalapeno pistou, fennel pollen
Hazelnuts, spring garlic confit, haricot vert, lardons, porcini
|Unagi, grilled apricot|
Bachelor's button, foie gras emulsion, arugula
|Copper River King salmon, nasturtium, onion in various forms|
|Australian wagyu, hibiscus syrup|
Sunchoke puree, horseradish creme fraiche, glazed beets and pattypan squash, red-veined sorrel
|Pickled green strawberries, yogurt|
Verjus, pluots, micro celery
|Creme fraiche, sable breton, financier, chestnut jam, vanilla mousse|
|Brown butter custard, banana ice cream, banana cake|
Jasmine, granola, wild flower honey gelee, peanuts
Despite the restaurant running at capacity due to their June anniversary celebration, service was smoother than ever - I don't know if this was because our team was completely different from the servers we've had in the past. Regardless, another excellent meal that further burnishes Cimarusti's reputation with seafood.
5955 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Phone: (323) 460-4170