Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Amazing Food, Annoying Service
For the record, the food at Providence is truly incredible. There’s a dish featuring these ginormous langostino shrimp cooked under a mound of piping hot rock salt tableside that truly has to be tasted/seen before your life expires. Too bad the humans who make up the waiter and maitre’d staff aren’t 1/5 as appealing as the crustaceans they’re serving. The best way to sum up our EXTREMELY expensive dinner at Providence – one that we anticipated with excitement for weeks leading up to the meal as friends and family talked up their encounters with the salt shrimp and other delicacies – is to quickly quote an exchange my Grandpa (the nicest gentleman you are apt to encounter this of Gandhi) and our waiter had regarding a menu heading entitled “Hand Corked Beers”. Grandpa: “I’m wondering, what exactly is a ‘Hand Corked Beer’?” Waiter: “Exactly what it sounds like.” Not exactly the kind of ingratiating dialogue you expect when a restaurant is asking you to pay $40+ for a plate of food – and lets just say it set the mood for the type of service that followed. Really really a shame since it was such a culinary delight. But, sadly, not the type of treatment I ever care to have the privilege to pay for again.
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Pros: Best Shrimp You Will Ever Put in Your Mouth
Cons: Worst Attitude You Will Ever Pay $120 For