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When Michael Cimarusti left the stoves at Water Grill to start Providence, his fans were expecting nothing less than the Los Angeles equivalent of fish palaces like Le Bernardin and Oceana in New York. At this glowing restaurant, he managed to fulfill even those super-high expectations - this is among the best kitchens ever to hit Los Angeles. The menu changes with the season, sometimes Even with the day, but Cimarusti can do no wrong with live Santa Barbara spot prawns, spaghetti a la chitarra with lobster and local sea urchin, Dungeness crab with watermelon or moi, the Hawaiian fish of kings. The dessert tasting menu of pastry chef Adrian Vasquez is a five-course degustation demanding and ambitious enough to command the attention of an entire evening, a universe of puréed avocado and hot cider foam. See full review.
Our 99 Essential L.A. Restaurants issue came out last week, and we're highlighting a few categories drawing from the list. Today, we're focusing on special occasion restaurants. If you're like us, a s... More »
Forbes Travel Guide has released its annual hotel, restaurant and spa ratings, and Mélisse has received the highest rating, five stars. Josiah Citrin's Santa Monica restaurant is one of only ... More »
There is a particular kind of alchemy that takes place (casually, nightly) at Providence, Michael Cimarusti's Melrose Avenue seafood palace. Because amid the white tablecloths and the relative peace and quiet, the nicely dressed patrons and the... More »
Where the Chefs Eat is an ongoing series in which we ask a local chef to give us his or her favorite dining options. This week we talk to David LeFevre, chef at Manhattan Beach Post. Chef David LeFev... More »
It's easy to start nodding off when people drag out the old "New York vs. Los Angeles" debate; it's a tired one, and largely a comparison of Big Apples to orange groves, anyway. But after Bon Appetit ... More »
Michael Cimarusti's seafood palace on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood earlier this summer celebrated its seventh birthday, a suitably biblical number for a fish restaurant with an excellent pastry kitchen. In those seven years, Providence has neither plateaued nor reversed direction: It has gotten better, kind of a stunning achievement for a restaurant that was worth 2 Michelin stars back when they gave them out in this town. Cimarusti and his crew manage something rare: a combination of... More »
so i had a second date here and it was very nice (the restaurant that is). the food was great. the dishes are clean so there isn't much to muddle up the fresh seafood taste. the ambiance was nice, quit and relaxed. a good place to hold a conversation. i want to go back to providence again but this time with someone who doesn't talk about their dieting habits at mcdonalds. ughhhh...
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