||I had heard so many fascinating stories on this small
new eatery that opened in downtown Providence in March that I just had to find
out what all the commotion was about. The name of the restaurant says it all – guests can have the best of both the
beef and fish worlds.
John Elkhayk, owner of the local XO Café, opened
this eclectic restaurant and grills his steaks so they are a perfect 10, thus
We visited the restaurant one early Saturday evening. Some people were gathered around the
bar with a few scattered people in the dining room. By the time we left, the restaurant was filled and the
bayside getting louder.
The dining room boasted some wild colors with Latin music drifting through the air. The circular plush blue chairs invite guests to a
relaxed atmosphere. The blue theme is prevalent throughout the entire restaurant – from the menus to the salt in the
shakers yellow sale on some tables) to the lights behind the trendy bar.
If you never thought a glass of wine could be so wickedly sensual then you haven’t tried a wild redhead,
soft and supple red head, big busty redhead or voluptuous blonde. Try the ménage a trois with three blondes,
a wine tasting menu featuring Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma ’99, Bonny
Doon Pacific Rim Gewurztraminer Monterey ’98 and Trimbach Pinot Blanc Alsace ’98($8).
The left side of the giant menu features primarily a seafood sampling from nigri and sashimi (tako, $4.50,sake, $4 and hirami $4.75) along with designer sushi rolls,
including California maki with cucumber, crab, avocado and caviar ($6.50) and
sushi sandwich, yellowtail, salmon, tuna, caviar and two sauces ($14). We sampled the screaming salmon maki, a
roll with salmon, scallions and cucumber ($6.50). The “screaming” part is the very spicy sauce, which added a
“We have noticed a dramatic increase in sushi and raw bar consumption in the last five years here in
town,” said Elkhay. “It’s exciting to see Providence look for delicious, light alternatives to fit their lifestyles. Conversely, steak has never been
more popular. Our logic is if you serve the top-grade seafood, sushi and best steak available, USDA Prime, then you get
the best of the best’ or ‘ten out of ten.’”
There are six items available from the raw bar, including oysters on the half shell ($10) and Alaskan King
crab legs ($15, ½ pound). The appetizer selection doesn’t stop there.
Hot appetizers, included a part of many skewers, featuring ginger beef, peanut
lime chicken and coconut shrimp ($9) and corn crusted calamari ($8.50). We tried the sweet Maine crab cakes with aside of jalapeno tartar ($11), which were fresh and tasty.
The steaks here are simply prepared – just put on the grill without any added seasonings. I
ordered the 12 ounce filet mignon ($26) cooked medium but the well done twin
bacon wrapped filet mignons (two 6 ounce, $27) arrived instead. The steak was tender but a little
over cooked for my liking. My husband ordered the24 ounce bone-in grilled prime rib ($26) which was also cooked a little
more than he liked.
The side dishes were a hit. We sampled the death by butter potatoes ($6), which was a pot
filled with creamy smashed potatoes topped with cheese and loads of butter. The sautéed button mushrooms ($7) were
meaty and flavorful. Other sides included fresh spinach, creamed or not, macaroni and cheese gratin with a “collegeeducation” ($6) and BIG
!Baked Potato Loaded ($5).
If you didn’t save room for dessert, be sure to at least check out the menu. The servers
arrive with 3-D glasses to view the sumptuous menu. We ordered the chocolate soufflé, which had to be ordered when we
placed our dinner selections. The hot puffy chocolate soufflé was topped with a thick custard
crème sauce, a perfect end to a delightful evening.
For reservations or more information, call 866-IS-PRIME.
Ten Prime Steak and Sushi
55 Pine Street
Providence, RI 02903
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Kellie K. Speed is
a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been
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Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air
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