This Melrose Avenue address has seen its share of deals, movers, shakers and celebs --- and influential restaurants come and go from Le St. Germain to Patina. But there's no reason to dwell on the past. No, not with Michael Cimarusti and Providence, which the former Water Grill chef opened with co-owner/general manager Donato Poto. Cimarusti is an avid fisherman (a family tradition) but mostly practices catch-and-release --- which you won't want to do with his dishes. Guests may choose from a Chef’s menu, Signature and Seasonal menu, and Providence Market menu, each with the option of wine pairing. Santa Barbara spot prawns are complemented by carrot, tangerine, kumquat and wood sorrel. Be sure to browse the "Should you be in the mood…" options to augment your meal with, perhaps, farm-raised sustainable caviars or oysters on the half shell. Main courses have included Miyazaki Wagyu, broccoli purée, bone marrow and potatoes cooked in Wagyu fat, as well as wild Alaskan king salmon, braised fennel, radishes and a fennel-orange emulsion. Pastry chef David Rodriguez worked under Providence's previous pastry chef, Adrian Vazquez, before joining chef Jordan Kahn at XIV and Red Medicine before returning to Providence. His plates feature combinations like the chocolate marquise, chocolate sorbet, candied nibs and crème Chantilly. He also presents a multi-course dessert tasting menu. Wine pairings by sommelier Drew Langley open one’s eyes, and the creative original and classic cocktails are worth considering as well.
"Seafood is the star" at this "sophisticated", "upscale" New American in Hollywood helmed by "brilliant" chef Michael Cimarusti who turns out "delectable", "wildly creative" prix fixe feasts in a "minimalist setting" that's an "oasis of tranquility"; add in "warm", "intelligent" service that "treats you like royalty" and "you won't want to leave after your meal"; P.S. "save room for the cheese cart."
Let's go out for the 4-Course Tasting Menu, which is $100 + tax + tip per person. The bacon brioche is excellent. Make sure you give it a try.
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