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Brunch at Island Creek-Anyone Been?

We have done lunch there and loved it! Just a smaller menu but we loved what they offered...

Feb 24, 2015
Shazz in Greater Boston Area

One dinner, Providence

Gracie's is a great choice! Enjoy your stay

Feb 23, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

Any reports on Red Dory, Tiverton RI?

Pleased to say that we went to Red Dory for dinner last night and meal was pretty good. The restaurant is located with stunning views of the Sakonnet River, I'm sure it will be gorgeous sitting Al fresco in the warmer months looking out on the water. (Couldn't see much as we went there after sunset). Interior is nicely done, clean sleek wood panelling with a cosy wood fuelled fire. Tables are set further apart so it's good for handicap access and also one would not get hit but some lady's pocketbook accidentally swig into ones head!
Sunday night specials are a tapas style menu, which made us in the mood for a small bites meal. Specials we tried were the grilled chicken livers with bacon vinnegrette (delish) and the ham and cheese croquettes.
The ceviche of the night was fluke with bay scallops and for added texture there was pommegranate seeds (Moreish), the skillet roasted head on shrimp with chilli oil and lime were excellent ( we ate them she'll and all as the shells were crunchy).
You must end with a sweet note as I believe the desserts are done in house, the lemon buttermilk pudding was excellent so too the pear and cranberry cobbler w ice cream.
Overall a nice addition to the Tiverton area.

One dinner, Providence

Any particular cuisine you are interested in? Also if it's in the warmer months, I suggest you see the water fire that happens in Downtown Providence. A lot of restaurants are closed on Mondays....

Feb 23, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

Middlesex County CT eats...

Just spent a few days here and had some great meals. In Chester, we enjoyed Simons Marketplace for a quick lunch, their hot meals are especially good in this wintery weather, don't forget their homemade pies! Had a nice V Day meal at River Tavern where surprise surprise it was an ala carte menu, yay!
Old Saybrook we tried Som Siam East, v v authentic Thai food. Som tum (green papaya salad) was like what you would get in Bangkok, the Pad see Ew ( stir fried rice noodles) had a great wok flavour and their Laarb ( ground meat salad) had the roasted rice that is sometimes missing in a lot of restaurants. Jamms was a great place for breakfast/ brunch, must get at least a side order of their huge pancakes (called flips). Dagmars desserts is nearby its a German bakery, wasn't too impressed with what we got but if anyone is looking for stollen, I think they have them all year!

Feb 17, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

Now Eating RI: 1/15

We found The Dorrance a gorgeous setting, food was lovely to look at but no real flavor or textures. Here at Birch especially since their shaky start, Chef Sukle seems to have upped his game on flavor, texture and creativity. I guess when you are the Chf/ owner you can do what you want.
We were not too keen on the shellfish porridge, not that the flavor was not good, it just somehow seemed to be like the menu states, a porridge, something I think too much of an am thing.
We loved the blueberry dessert, especially the surprise find of the homemade pillowy soft marshmallow inside.
Am itching to try Red Dory, Metacomet Kitchen and Mama Kim's shop ( love the food truck but balancing that container of food isn't the easiest thing)

Jan 27, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

Now Eating RI: 1/15

We must have been dining at the same time RhodyRedHen, we too dined at Birch. I have found that Chef Sukle has matured in his approach to his cooking style. We loved his food, you are right about the Wagyu and his squid "noodles" that came with the Monkfish.
I agree that service is top notch from Hedi's gesture of welcoming each guests to the other two servers who were knowledgeable and warm.
Good eats are abound for those who dine at Birch!

Jan 26, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

Now Eating RI: 1/15

Sura in Johnston? Not worth it. It's a all you can eat place and the quality is not up to standard. I do hear Red Ginger also in Johnston esp their Pink menu serves authentic Chinese food. For Korean stick to Sun and Moon in East Providence, Teriyaki Korean House or Sura on Westminister St. Providence or Denden

Jan 09, 2015
Shazz in Southern New England

Enoteca Umberto - Providence

Thanks for the rec! Can't wait to give them a go!

Dec 08, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Simone's (Warren RI) - A pretentious disappointment

I second your review! We went there in early Fall and we're not impressed either.

Nov 24, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Veal brisket in RI or nearby

Try calling Whole Foods or Armando and Sons Meat Market.

Nov 16, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Now Eating - Rhode Island, 11/2014

I might be late into the game but I just stumbled upon an Asian desert place on College Hill. Sno Tea Caffe at 110 Waterman.
They serve Snow ice which is like a shaved ice cream that comes out looking like ribbons and the shaving gives the frozen dessert a smooth texture! They have a few flavours on offer and you can add on extras like sweeten red beans, fruit and boba...
They serve bubble tea plus a selection of hot teas. We spied a crepe that looked so good going to a nearby table. It was a filled cone with fruit and ice cream!
The menu has a small selection of savory snacks such as edamame, Gyoza and mini pork buns. They also serve honey toast, think a thick slice of toast (thicker than Texas Toast) hollowed out and filled with fruit/ ice cream!

Providence, Rhode Island - Revisited

Sura (Korean/Japanese cuisine) located on Westminster St has lunch specials under $10.
Aspara (Vietnamese/ Laotian) at Public St is also very reasonable in price.

Sep 30, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Portuguese Restaurant. Rhode Island, Fall River, New Bedford

O Dinis is great, make sure you check out the specials which is written just as you enter the restaurant. Had visitors from Australia over and they loved the place!
Someone had mentioned Philips Street Restaurant in East Providence but I have not been there before.
Sagres looks like it will be awhile before they open....

Sep 24, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

PVD/RI * September '14 * Open/Closed/Coming Soon

Simone's in Warren just opened a week ago.
Gorgeous contemporary interior space. I believe it was a former Not tour Average Joe's but they spiffed up the space and spent a ton of dough on the kitchen especially their wood fire oven. Open kitchen concept with seats at the bar where you can spy on the goings on in the kitchen.
A few missteps in the kitchen though, am hoping it's opening jitters. Amuse bouche was a nice touch but we were not told what it was. Bone marrow was raw when it was first served and also priced too high for 3 bones (cut diagonally so the difficulty to consume was high plus the oyster fork was a joke to use) with 2 thin pieces of crostini, but the pickled chanterelle parsley salad was a good foil for the fattyness.
Meatballs were dense and flavourless. Eggplant salad was a joke! Think undercooked melanzane sprinkled with dried herbs on top of a handful of arugula and a dollop of yogurt, underwhelming is an understatement!
The 2 pasta courses were bland and overcooked. The ragu tasted like airline food, devoid of any flavor. The other pasta felt like it was the previous nights chowder repurposed into a sauce.
I'm hoping they get their act together, it is a lovely space and the floor staff are warm and inviting.

Sep 15, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Looking for nice dinner in Lyme, Chester, Deep River, etc...

We did the Margherita, the Blanca which looks very plain but the addition of nduja added a spicy meaty note. We also had the clam pizza kinda like the one Pepe's makes but they add rosemary here which elevates the brininess of the clams! Even the pepperoni was good. Great thing about Otto's is they will let you do spilt pies, ie 2 different pies in a crust.
You must go to the Chester Sunday market, the salt bread is excellent!

Looking for nice dinner in Lyme, Chester, Deep River, etc...

Ottos pizza in Chester is great, wood fire oven in the middle of the dining room is cozy in the colder months but the benches outside are great now! Great wine selection too!

Best Asian restaurants in Newport/Narragansett area

Seven moons is a decent looking Asian restaurant that seats a large crowd. Sunrise in Middletown has pretty good food but the decor is v drab. There's Jade Cricket in Newport they have a great al fresco dining area but I have not eaten there before.

Aug 11, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Hourglass Brasserie (Bristol, RI)

Thanks for the review! Was wondering about HB, have passed it many times and Bristol is a great place to visit, right by the water quaint and not crazy busy like other beach towns!

Aug 09, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

baccaro or pane e vino for dinner with parents

A third for Bacaro! If you go early it isn't too loud. Also with the tapas style appetisers you can get smaller meals. But make sure you order the tart of the day with your meal as it takes 20 min, well worth the wait but if you order with your meals they will time it just right

Aug 05, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Providence or Newport for birthday dinner

I live in the Newport area and I don't think Bouchards is worth the drive! On the other hand Birch has been improving and the current consensus is it's the to go place. Save the gas money and stay in Providence!

Jul 29, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

North Bakery (Providence, RI)

We loved the potato and onion hand and the dan dan pie. In fact as a meat lovers, the vegetarian option was so satisfying. Tried the chocolate chip cookie, loved the salt flakes on top that cuts the sweetness. Wasn't too keen on the chocolate n earl grey muffin, bit dry. Lemon scone was liked more than the corn one.

Jul 13, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Nepali Cookware in Rhode Island?

I have seen an Aslan style metal steamer kinda like the one you posted at V Mart 176 Narragansett Ave in providence, I believe it retails for about $30 ish there

Jul 08, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Eli's Kitchen, Warren RI

Thanks for the informative review, was wondering if we should try the place and now we will make a trip there.

Jul 08, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Week with the Family in Newport

Sweet berry farm in Middletown has local beef and their own small produce selection. They also sell Susanna's ice cream, house made quiche and some prepared foods.

Jun 03, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Fiddleheads in RI

Found some at Shaws $5.99 and also have seen them at Whole Foods Cranston.

May 20, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Providence Drinks and Snacks- Saturday Night

Flan y Ano on Westminster St is a tiny tapas place. Small menu but good for a bite or two. Bacaro on S Water St has a larger small plate menu and also offer pastas and desserts.

Apr 18, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Providence,RI - Lunch and Dinner recommendations for 'chowmeet' between two serious foodies from Toronto and Singapore

You might be better off renting a car. Or at least getting a cab for a couple of hours as it is about a 45min ride from downtown Providence. On the way to Mantunck there is to visit.

Apr 01, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Providence,RI - Lunch and Dinner recommendations for 'chowmeet' between two serious foodies from Toronto and Singapore

How about Mantunuck Oyster in South Kingstown especially for lunch by the water on an oyster farm? It's a bit if a drive from Providence but the food and drive is great. I also suggest Portuguese, O Dinis in East Providence comes to mind. Something totally off the beaten path, how about the chimi and food trucks that serve authentic Dominican/Peruvian street food on Broad Street at night for supper?

Apr 01, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England

Rogue Island, PVD (long)

Thanks for the review. Have been wanting to try them but the weather has made us lazy to drive anywhere. Will give them a shot in a couple weeks...

Mar 04, 2014
Shazz in Southern New England