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branzino - my dream fish!

Branzino is also my all-time favorite fish! I got used to buying it at Whole Foods, which was fine, but now I only get it from Wegman's because they are so much fresher there, and cheaper, too.

Sep 25, 2014
ineemeeny in Greater Boston Area

La Laiterie review - Providence

Gasp! No way! Wow, I am humbled. (And horrified!) Thanks for the education.

La Laiterie review - Providence

(I know how this sounds, trust me, but I can't be true to myself and let this one slide.) @Bob W, I believe you're going for the French word for many: "beaucoup."

Ken's Ramen coming to Providence

I went last night too, and was satisfied, but not very impressed. @vegathechosen, what did you think about those noodles? It was definitely a style that I hadn't had before, and it was surprisingly very firm. As for the broth, I know I shouldn't have been expecting a pork broth, but I was hoping for their chicken-based broth to be more complex. The toppings were great, however, and the pork bun with that special sauce was divine.

I know it was a "pre-soft" opening, so I hope they learned that if you put a column for people's phone numbers on the list, then people are going to expect you to call them when it's their turn for a table, which they definitely did not do. (Glad I waited in the cold!)

I'm also very excited about some of the other offerings they'll add to the menu once they're fully up and running, especially the tsukemen.

Ken's Ramen coming to Providence

Wow! What an awesome surprise! So excited for this! I hope I can get a table tonight! Thanks for posting on CH!

PVD/RI 2013 - Your Favorites?

I'm new to PVD and have been on a pretty tight budget. But I've been able to explore a tiny bit, so here are my two cents!

1) Favorite dish: I hate seitan and never have or ever will like another seitan dish, but the Grange's Korean BBQ taco is killer. I think about it all the time.

2) Favorite overall restaurant: Again, my choices are pretty limited. But among the handful of restaurants I've visited, I liked Farmstead the best.

3) Favorite new restaurant: Aside from the hassle of not being able to make reservations, North. Everything was delicious and unique.

4) Greatest Chow wish: For Ken's Ramen to finally open!

Best Chef's Table?

Another vote for Seasonal Pantry.

Yakitori restaurant near Baltimore?

I second Pabu. They've got great and very unique non-sushi dishes, as long as you're open to the trendy/upscale vibe.

Ken's Ramen coming to Providence

Finally, some movement! I saw this morning that they posted a sign on the window that says that they're hiring servers, bussers, hosts, etc. Here we go!

Rare find: Jeng-ban jja jang myun in PVD

I only went once, so I didn't get to try too much. We ordered some fried dumplings and the "moffle" (mochi-stuffed waffle), and both were great. A lot of the other dishes that I would be interested in I can make at home, so I think I'm probably gonna stick closely to the jeng-ban jja jang myun everytime I go. :)

Rare find: Jeng-ban jja jang myun in PVD

I know there are some adventurous eaters here, so I thought that you all might want to know about a Korean dish I've found that's pretty hard to find in most cities, even cities with a diversity of Korean restaurants. It's called jeng-ban jja jang myun ($14.99) and I found it at Teriyaki and Korean House in Providence.

Some background: Plain ol' jja jang myun (sans "jeng ban") on its own is a bowl of noodles (handmade at the best restaurants - again, very rare) topped with a thick black bean sauce with bits of onion, cucumber and pork mixed in. (Sura across the street serves this regular version.) Jeng-ban jja jang myun, on the other hand, consists of the same ingredients, except they throw all that goodness on the grill and mix it together into a big heap of steaming, caramelized noodles. It is amazing. One order of jeng-ban jja jang myun typically serves more than one, which is the case here: probably too much for one person, but not quite enough for two (jeng ban means "tray"). So we ordered the jeng-ban jja jang and a side of some deep fried dumplings. Including a dessert, that was plenty for the two of us.

It was really good. One thing that many average restaurants that serve this dish in any form do wrong is they overcook the noodles or use the entirely wrong type of noodle. One restaurant in Boston that shall not be named actually used spaghetti noodles. Heresy. The noodles here were as good as they can be without being handmade in-house. The sauce was a little bit more robust than I'm used to, but still very tasty.

This definitely isn't for the Korean food novice, and I wouldn't say it's worth traveling for (unless you're like me and have nostalgia-cravings for it once in a while). But if you're in the area, want to try something new, I'd highly recommend it. And for others in your party, there are plenty of decent level 1 Korean dishes for them to try!

See their website for a photo:

Just Discovered an Amazing Asian Market - What Should I Try to Make???

I agree 100%. The flavor profiles and kitchen essentials of the cuisines I've cooked so far - Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Indian - are pretty different.

Nov 15, 2013
ineemeeny in Home Cooking

Ken's Ramen coming to Providence

Oops. (I can't edit my post?) I was looking at the wrong storefront. Paper still up on the windows. :(

Ken's Ramen coming to Providence

This might be old news, but I just came across their revamped website!

And, as I drove by this morning, I could've sworn the paper was taken off the windows and that there were tables and chairs. Could it finally be opening soon?

Ken's Ramen coming to Providence

Wow, thanks for this. I've never heard of paitan ramen. And there aren't many restaurants I've found that offer tsukemen. Very, very exciting!

Where can I buy FRESH soft shells?

A little closer than DC, but still not close - in MoCo, the fish truck at the Kensington Farmers Market (Saturdays 8-12) has it.

Best Sandwich in D.C.

I LOVE St. Michel's Bakery! I had no idea they made sandwiches! Can you describe a French street sandwich?

The Inn at Patowmack Farm or Trummers on Main

Like the PP, I haven't been to Trummers, but I fell in love with the Restaurant at Patowmack Farm. The ambiance of the dining room is alright, but the service and the unbelievable beauty of the food is unforgettable. We went for a special occasion, and the entire night we talked about how glad we were that we chose it.

We went in the winter, when all that was growing locally were apparently carrots, mushrooms and sunchokes, and it was still one of the best dinners we've ever had. I can't imagine what they'd have in the spring and summer!

Izakaya at Daikaya?

Yep! Pabu in Baltimore! On the menu it's called something like "savory egg custard."

Izakaya at Daikaya?

I really liked the chawanmushi at Pabu. There's also a great Japanese restaurant in Natick, MA where I had it for the first time.

Izakaya at Daikaya?

I decided to go to the Daikaya izakaya last week, and I'm glad I did. It was great, though overall, I prefer Seki.

I know that complaining about portion sizes is so old, but when the server recommends that we order 6-10 dishes per person (at an average of $8 per dish), you know that the portion sizes are -small-.

I can't help but order chawanmushi when I see it on a menu, and it was as good as others I've had. Very delicate flavors and wonderfully soft custard. Other dishes that stood out were the porgie special and wasabi octopus. The skewers, priced at ~$3 apiece, made it easy to experiment. The chicken thigh and beef tongue were both excellent. The grilled avocado was great, especially the flavored salt on the side, but it wasn't one of the best dishes. They did all anyone can possibly do to edamame, which yielded tasty results. Overall, every dish we ordered was interesting and well-executed.

Though I scoffed at the idea of ordering 32 dishes for the four of us, I admit it would have been great to just say "One of everything on the menu, please." Every dish was something new - an adventure.

After about 15 dishes, though, we decided that filling up at the izakaya wasn't quite going to be worth it, so before ordering dessert (the black sesame panna cotta is very, very interesting), we put our names on the list at the ramen house downstairs.

One complaint I have about how the restaurant is run is that runners came to our table offering us dishes we'd already been served. If it happens once, that's human error. But if it happens five or six times like it did when we visited, that seems to be more of a problem with the system.

Overall, a fun and interesting place. But if I had to choose a restaurant for my next izakaya experience, I'll be going to Seki. In more ways than one, Seki is a "quieter" restaurant than Daikaya. Of course the volume of the music at Seki is lower, but the preparation and presentation of the dishes at Seki somehow seem humbler. Todd Kliman said it best in his May 7 live chat: "One difference, and it's a big difference, is that Izakaya Seki hardly appears to be trying."

College Park or Beltsville area

The black bean sauce usually has some pork in it. I wouldn't count on it being vegetarian. All of the dishes I've had there and liked also have meat in them. They may have bibimbap, which can easily be made vegetarian. I'm not sure they have it on the menu, though.

WANTED for TODAY [4 May 13] Korean, with great banchan?

Glad you enjoyed it! And I agree with Steve - kimchi comes in all colors of spiciness and I highly doubt they gave you a special tourist kimchi. :) Thanks for the report.

WANTED for TODAY [4 May 13] Korean, with great banchan?

Another vote for To Sok Jip. Everything is good. This is the only place I've ever seen Korean grandmas wait in line to eat.

College Park or Beltsville area

If you're into Korean food and you're feeling adventurous, add Da Rae Won to the list! They specialize in handmade noodles made in-house. You can order them with jja-jang-myun (black bean noodles) or jjam-ppong (spicy seafood noodle soup). It is my family's favorite place to eat and it is delicious!

Fishnet also sounds amazing... :)

Providence food & restaurant blogs?

Thanks, CapeCodGuy! This is great!

Providence food & restaurant blogs?

Thanks Garris for such a comprehensive response! And for the welcome! I'll definitely keep a lookout for your monthly threads. It's really a shame that the PVD/RI board isn't as active as it used to be. I'm so used to hearing about restaurants on Yelp or local blogs and then searching Chowhound for what people -really- think. :)

I'll search through the archive here, and I'll definitely be posting about what I find once I arrive! Thanks again! Can't wait!

Providence food & restaurant blogs?

I'm so excited to be moving to Providence this summer, and I'm trying to find out more about the Providence dining scene. Having lived in Boston and DC, I relied heavily on DCist, the late Bostonist, Eater, etc. Are there any Providence-based food or restaurant blogs that I should be reading? So far all I've found is the Providence Journal food blog.

Bob's Shanghai in Rockville- Report

I agree. Our server recommended that we poke a hole in it to let the steam out before eating it, but alas there was no steam.

Bob's Shanghai in Rockville- Report

I'm not a xiao long bao expert, but I can say that when I went to Bob's Shanghai last night, the xiao long bao were delicious. They had two types: pork and crab yolk. The dumplings were intact when they arrived at the table, but my only gripe is that the soup inside was warm, not hot.

Some of the other dishes we ordered were also delicious: snow pea leaves, tea smoked duck and the chef's special dumpling (leeks and egg). The duck was intensely smokey.

I was also pleasantly surprised by the service. Overall, a great experience!