(TV Diner) – New eateries are popping up left and right in Rhode Island, but at the top of everyone’s list is The ROI, a new supper club in the capital city’s Jewelry District.
The chef is Paul Shire, whose aunt happens to be Boston restaurant royalty, none other than Lydia Shire. This is Paul’s latest venture in Providence, where he has been pleasing palates for more than 20 years.
The ROI is a subterranean restaurant with a dark and sexy ambiance. Red pendant lighting and amber sconces add a warm glow to the intimate dining area. As a 21st-century supper club, The ROI has a state-of-the-art sound system and a small stage for live music.
ROI is the French word for king, and the food here is fit for a king, starting with the Tuscan calamari tossed with garlic, peppers and olives, and the Mediterranean Hummus Platter, with certainly enough roasted garlic hummus, feta and kalamata olives for a small crowd.
The burgers are just awesome, topped with everything from smoked bacon to Gorgonzola cheese. We thoroughly enjoyed our all-American burger smothered with sautéed onions and good old American cheese.
From the higher end of the global menu, we recommend the Maryland Crab Cakes, loaded with a lot of lump crabmeat and just a few breadcrumbs. What makes it sing? The finely diced peppers, a dash of lemon, and the chef’s secret seasonings.
On the side were some of the best sweet potato fries we’ve ever had, served with a red pepper aioli, which made for great dipping.
Make sure you don’t skip dessert. The moist and spongy Chocolate Cake served with vanilla ice cream is another dish that could feed a small crowd, and the Cinnamon Maple Bread Pudding was pure comfort food. This was a warm and sweet coffee cake that reminded us of French toast with a walnut topping.
The service is on point and super friendly. Don’t be surprised if the chef pops out to make sure everything is to your liking. Later in the evening, live music takes center stage at The ROI – everything from Brazilian jazz to soft rock, which makes for a perfect night out. For honest, affordable food and generous portions in sleek surroundings, and then cool music to boot, we feel The ROI deserves the Platinum Plate.
Appetizers range from $5 to $13. Entrees run from $10 to $24. Desserts are $6 each.
The ROI is located at 150 Chestnut St. in Providence, R.I. It is open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and Tuesday through Sunday for dinner from 4:30 to 10 p.m. There’s street parking in the area. For more information, call 401-272-2161, or visit www.theroiprov.com.