Sunday, January 10, 2010

Spotlight: CAV

Some of you may have noticed the fancy badge to the right of my blog linking to my Yelp page. Some of you may have not. For anyone who hasn't checked it out, I will fill you in right now. I've written over 200 reviews on Yelp so far, and although I generally haven't been sharing reviews on my blog (with the exception of some great experiences in New York City this past summer: Part 1, and Part 2), I've decided that as part of 2010 at Mission: Food, I will be spotlighting some favorite dining destinations from time to time for my readers to explore. In addition to these highlights, please feel free to check out my Yelp page for some more winners and total losers in the world according to Victoria... First up: CAV.

14 Imperial Place
Providence, RI 02903

To start, dining at CAV is truly an experience. The restaurant is located in a historic loft, and once inside diners are introduced to what seems like a restaurant/museum type of atmosphere. Worldly artifacts hang and are displayed throughout the restaurant, proof of the owner's vast travels abroad. She has brought back each and every one to display at CAV, and every item is for sale.

If CAV's unique decor concept isn't enough to lure you, try visiting on weekend nights when there is live musical entertainment in the main dining room. For a slight cover charge along with your meal, you can enjoy your meal to the sounds and sights of live jazz, or whatever type of band happens to be playing on any given evening. Call ahead to find out, if you're interested. If you don't want to pay extra, you can sit in the adjoining dining room and still hear the music. Listening is free!

Although CAV is very unique in style, its stand-out qualities don't end in decor or musical entertainment. The food is what it's about, truly. I was just warming you up with all that fluff about decor and atmosphere. In the end, it's all about the food. I have been going to CAV on and off for years and have tried my share of yummy dishes here. Each and every one has been enjoyable, from dinner to brunch. I'll share a few of my favorites...

Pan seared Diver sea Scallops and Shrimps, finished with lobster butter and Balsamic reduction, served over Lemon Zest Risotto and julienned snowpeas $28.95

Bruschetta with tomatoes, artichokes, Feta, and crusty herbed garlic bread, marinated in a Balsamic vinaigrette: For Two $9.95

Goat cheese croquettes with Balsamic reduction $5.00

Poulet aux Poires: 10oz Pan seared chicken breast with red pears poached in red wine and ginger pear sauce served with sautéed Asian chive dumplings $23.95

Pistachio encrusted Maryland Blue Crab cake with poached egg and grilled sweet bread served with a zesty Siracha aioli. $14.95


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