Review: Persimmon

25 March 2017

I have a soft spot for Rhode Island, despite how crummy parts of it seems to be. Flying into Providence I always like to play Providence by King Crimson…more poignant now that my old friend John Wetton has passed… But I had a good afternoon in the misty afternoon before dinner.

I have tried to dine at Persimmon many times in the past few years, but it never worked schedule-wise in Bristol. But they’ve moved to Providence, so this time it worked out. I got there a little early and was seated. I asked the bar to make me a cocktail and they brought me a very nice Vieux Carrere…

I ordered, being hungry as I’ve not eaten all day. Chilled out for a bit then my first dish arrived — beets.

01-beets

Not bad, an assortment of beets. Some smoked, but some had a really stringy consistency. Nevertheless a nice start. I decided not to do a tasting and go on my own, and this seems to have worked better. Next up, risotto.

02-risotto_edited

Honestly wee undercooked. This took a bit longer but it was undercooked. Oh well. Good flavour, but that was a bit of a downer. Wines running well as is service. Next up, local black bass.

03-black bass

Now this was excellent, cooked perfectly. Soft and lovely flesh, though the sauce was a little odd. Good dish. Enjoying this evening so far. And the last dish, lamb.

04-lamb

Oh my this was good. Confit was pretty good, but the saddle was just lovely. Fantastic lamb from Maine, soft and uncompromising. I hate boring lamb that’s been neutralised to the point you can’t taste the lamb; this was perfect. And the texture, just awesome. Fantastic closing number!

I was too full to have dessert so a nice rye and coffee later I headed out happily. Again, like my other meals in Providence in the past — like the excellent Birch and also at the underrated New Rivers — it’s been excellent. Very underrated food town! Much recommended!

Persimmon
99 Hope Street
Providence, Rhode Island

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