Chez Pascal: "What's with the 3's?" Top 5 Page for this destination Providence Restaurant Tip by Bunsch

Providence Restaurants: 88 reviews and 78 photos

by Bunsch

Although it has been around for awhile, I tried Chez Pascal for Valentine's Day -- okay, a challenge for any restaurant -- and was pleasantly surprised by everything except the bill. The menu included a vegetarian tasting which someone at an adjoining table raved over; the mussels, which we had as an appetizer, were superb roasted with an aioli. The gimmick is that everything comes in threes: the pork daily special was three separate preparations (all excellent, incidentally, and quite distinct), the cheeses are presented in groups of three, and it is hard to find anything on the dessert menu that didn't involve a bit of this and two bits of that. I'm not complaining, just curious...

The restaurant has two distinct areas, an intimate dining room with small tables, linen napery, etc. and a larger room called the bistro which has large wooden tables and high stools (with backs, fortunately) and a lot of light. So you've got your choice of ambience. Personally, I can't feature a romantic dinner with stools, but it would be great for lunch!

Favorite Dish: I loved the pork-and-fennel sausage on a bed of soft polenta and roasted root veggies. My companion raved about a crab-stuffed trout. My favorite local guide claims the bomster sea scallops and the pear upside-down cake with blue cheese are not to be missed.

Address: 960 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: East Side, across from Lippitt Memorial Park (and Oak, another good restaurant)
Phone: (401) 421-4422
Price: US$31-40
Rating: 4
Theme: French

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 17, 2010
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