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I am beginning to sound like a broken record but I have to say it again Providence is the best fine dining restaurant in Los Angeles. Chef Michael Cimarusti rightfully deserves all the accolades he has received. This meal with friends was stupendous, We were lucky to dine at the chef’s table.

P - kitchen

Our view of the kitchen from the chef’s table.

P - Champagne

BYO Champagne

P - 1. salon gougere

Alder smoked wild king Salmon gougere, lemon creme fraiche, caviar, dill – just a perfect first bite

P - 2. Uni

Uni with coconut, and tapioca puffed rice –  Chef knows we love uni and this was an innovative and tasty rendition

P - second win

BYO 2nd wine

P - 3 GrilledSaba

Grilled Japanese Goma Saba —  Sesame Mackerel (Goma is Japanese for sesame seed).  Saba is a syrup made from freshly squeezed grape juice, also known as must.

P - 4 abalone

Wild Tasmanian Abalone Yuzu

P - 3rd wine

Third BYO wine

P - 5- Wagyu

Ficelle (cigars) – Red wine braised Wagyu, feuille de brick, ume aioli (Japanese plum), celery leaf – just delicious

P - 4th wine sautrene

4th BYO wine

P- 6 Squid Bolognese

Squid Bolognese, chopped swordfish, squid, parsley, basil, tomato compote – this was stupendous

P - 7 John Dory

John Dory, English peas, lardo de bellota, black truffle, fume de poisson

P - 8 Cod

Japanese Cod, roasted sweet potato, pickled turnip vinaigrette

P - fifth wine

5th BYO wine

P - 9 - foie gras

YIPPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Foie Gras Grillee, sour plum powder, mulberry puree with port, nasturtium leaves tossed in foie gras fat

P - 10 - loup de mer

Wild Line-caught French Loup de Mer- turnip puree, brown butter foam, nori powder, smoked sesame seed, puffed buckwheat

P - 11 - dessert

Chocolate Frenet Branca Cremeau, tarragon ice cream, roasted lemon puree, chocolate cake crumbs

This was a fantastic meal. Our friends were as impressed as we were. My grade for the meal – A+


I have said this many, many times and I will say it again I consider Providence to be the best fine dining restaurant in Los Angeles.  Chef Michael Cimarusti was not there and GM/Partner, Donato Poto was also not there. You would think our dining experience would be mediocre, NOT AT ALL!!!!!!!!! Chef de cuisine, Tristan Aitchison did a terrific job, sommelier Drew Langley is a true professional and Molly our server was incredible – she wrote down every dish with every ingredient on note cards for me. That is why my descriptions are so precise – a huge thanks to Molly.

P - Champagne

BYO Champagne to start

P taco

TACO – scallop tartar, sushi rice, seaweed, bubu arare (crispy rice crackers), nasturtium leaf – fantastic

P - Clam

Chilled Middleneck clams, chorizo and clam consomme, roasted red pepper, coriander, chorizo foam – a refreshing presentation of chilled clam

P - presentation of cigars

Presentation of next dish

P - cigars

Ficelle (cigars) – Red wine braised Wagyu, feuille de brick, ume aioli (Japanese plum), celery leaf – just delicious

P - second wine

BYO Wine

P - uni presentaion

Uni presentation

P - uni

Uni Yuzu, yuzu peel, uni, soy milk panna cotta, wasabi paste, caviar, gold leaf – a wonderful combination of flavors

P - scallops

Raw Nantucket Bay Scallops, lemon zest, crispy puffed rice, creme fraiche and shaved white truffles – absolutely A++

P - geoduck clam

Presentation of the Geoduck Clam, julienne of cucumber, Ikura

P - geoduck clam with ponzu poured on

Ponzu poured over the Clam – light and full of flavor

P -- squid crabonara

Squid Carbonara, egg sabayon, pancetta, white truffle – another winner

P - egg drop soup

Dungeoness crab egg drop soup (dashi, bonito, sake), matsutake mushrooms, celery leaf, scallion, celery

P - abalone

New Zealand Abalone, puffed and braised buckwheat, brown butter foam, sea beans, borage blossoms

P - Foie gras

Duck Foie Gras, smoked apple puree, aged balsamic vinegar, sorrel – I do wish we could have real foie but this was excellent

We were suppose to have 3 more courses, John Dory, Black Bass and Wagyu – we just couldn’t we were full.

What a terrific meal. It just doesn’t get any better than this.




Providence is the best fine dining restaurant in Los Angeles. Chef Michael Cimarusti is a genius – his gift is taking the best ingredients and combining texture and flavor to highlight that ingredient. GM/Partner, Donato Poto is an extraordinary host and manager. When we arrived who was at the valet station? Donato!!!!!!!! He will do anything to run a tight ship. The service is extraordinary and sommelier Drew Langley is a true professional.

The restaurant has been completely renovated. It is beautiful, tasteful, elegant and very comfortable

P - new wallpapeer

The new wallpaper is perfect.

P - new room

A section of the new room

We BYO our wine and I will just post what we brought.

P- Champagne

2006 Launois Champagne

P - wine

1985 Bienvenue Batard Montrachet, Henri Clerc

P - Rioja

2003 Lopez Heredia Rioja Blanc

P - Chhateau neuf du pape

2011 Chateau Neuf du Pape Blanc Domaine du Pegau

P - wine 1996

1996 Beaune les Cras, Camille Giroud

P - Meuller

1998 Mueller-Gators Eiswein

Now for our spectacular meal – A+++++++++++ We never look at a menu – we just let the Chef surprise us.

P- scallop taco

Scallop “taco” with nasturtium leaves, bubu arare (baby rice crackers), lime, olive oil

P - clam chorizo

Clam Chorizo – littleneck clams, chorizo consomme, red pepper confetti, chorizo espuma

P= Tai Snapper

Japanese Tai Snapper, basil and ginger syrup, basil oil, pickled ginger

P - Goma Saba

Goma Saba (Japanese mackerel), Calabrian chiles, cilantro blossoms, pickled red onions, cucumber, lemon, bronze fennel

P - Butter

Butter and salt for bread

P - Bread

Bread service – seaweed, plain, bacon

P - foam

Unfortunately all you can see is the smoked halibut foam poured on  top – blanched English peas, olive oil, lemon zest

P - uni

Santa Barbara uni, tapioca, coconut milk, red curry, basil, mint, peanuts – “Thai influence”

P - Hairy Crab

Poached Hairy Crab, lime, shellfish consomme. scallions, diced and sliced nectarines


P - Spot Prawn with sauce

Santa Barbara Spot Prawns, peas, pea tendrils, prawn broth made with fennel, orange, madeira and the heads of the prawn

P - Beef cigars

Wagyu beef cigars, mayonnaise, celery leaf on top

P - Salmon

Columbia River King Salmon, wild French asparagus, morels, ramps, radish foam, smoked butter

P - sardine

Japanese sardines, roasted artichokes, tomato compote, ratatouille,  basil oil

P - Black Bass

Black bass, porcini mushrooms – this and our cheese course have incomplete descriptions – a lot of wine!

P - Cheese Cart

Cheese Cart

P - Cheese Plate

Cheese plate – I do know we had Comte cheese

This was a spectacular meal – it just doesn’t get better than this – absolutely A+++++++





Providence serves lunch only on Fridays. Last Friday with a nice guest the Refined Palate Roving Reporter got to indulge at Providence. Because we are frequent guests, Chef Michael Cimarusti and GM/Partner, Donato Poto determined to spoil us and spoil is an understatement.

Wines were:

n/v Pierre Peters .350 ml

1995 Hermitage Blanc, Sorrel

1983 Cote Rotie, Chapoutier

I am not going to try to describe each dish. The pictures do the job.

Every dish was excellent.

Red grape/green Chartreuse and Sparkling Watermelon

Santa Barbara Spot Prawn Tartare/Nasturtium/Caviar

New Bedford scallop tartare, Australian Black winter Truffles, soba, nasturtium

San Diego Uni Tartlet, Soy Salt, WasabiBoat

Santa Barbara Prawns Ravoli

Pasta con Sarde

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Wagu Beef Tartare, Surf & Turf Oyster Plant, Nori Crème Fraiche, Nori foccacia

Wild French Cod

Mont Blanc-Vanilla Cake,chestnut crème fraiche, vanilla meringue

Mullberrys avocado sorbet, Leeche nut

Friday at Providence is a supreme treat not to be missed.


Roving Reporter treated himself and a friend to a long leisurely lunch at Providence. What an incredible luncheon it was! Providence only serves lunch on Fridays and Chef Michael does all the cooking.  If you have 3+ hours to invest in a fabulous experience, make a reservation and prepare yourself for a great treat. (All comments are from the Roving Reporter himself.)

Champagne to start from the Providence by the glass menu.

Duo of foie gras terrine: black truffle, candied walnuts and heart of palm, quince, pickled ginger, borridge flower…of course a few comments were made about the fact that we won’t be having foie much longer…what a dumb law…

Josephine’s clam fritter, yuzu koshu mayonnaise.  The Providence team of Michael and Donato are opening soon in W.LA with a “clam shack”…that will be a real treat.  This will surely be on the menu.

BYO White Wine.   The LeMoine wines are really special.  The bottles are the heaviest in the world with the deepest punt ever.

Pan fried Monterey abalone, yuzu juice…you don’t get abalone very often.  Michael loves serving really special ingredients.

Live New Bedford Scallop, Oscietra caviar, creme fraiche…wow, totally special…really wished the dish was bigger. I almost asked for an encore.

Wild Japanese sardine, artichoke, tomato, angel spice, chive…absolutely spectacular, every bite.

BYO Red Wine…my friend, a retired major wine merchant had visited the Grivot family many times.  He told some wonderful stories.

Charcoal grilled Maine lobster perigord truffle sauce… again absolutely delicious.  I’m not a lobster lover, but this was special and the sauce was off the charts spectacular.

Dover sole, Tahitian squash, sauce of vermouth and foie gras.. a dish like this demonstrates the chef’s skills as a buyer and as a preparer.  There aren’t two chefs in LA who could handle this sole this way.

Wild mesquite smoked striped bass, chanterelles, young broccoli, parmesan.  Once again a dish that showed total command, plus perfection and a chef who executes with precision and finesse.

Market cheese selection…a nice assortment and generous portion. Providence doesn’t stint on anything.

Creme fraiche, sable breton, financier, chestnut jam, vanilla mousse…a sweet, enjoyable ending.



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