The heart of downtown Providence is a scene of an urban artscape with the iconic skyline sprawled behind the historic riverwalk. Cobble stones lining the water, speckled with cauldrons awaiting a warm summer’s night waterfire, welcoming droves of rhode islanders and visitors alike. Perched on the very edge of the water’s lips is home to the city's newest foodie haven, Quay.
Quay is tucked right into the Providence riverwalk, making city side dining by the water a new possibility. We stopped in for brunch on a Sunday morning, and took in the wonderful PVD views. And then the food came, and we had a new center of attention.
Quay offers small plates boasting flavors of the Mediterranean coast. Brunch was laced with hints of Greece and Iberian, all while feeling at home in our little city. We know, you’re dying to know what we ate.
The Shakshuka was served to us in a hot cast iron, holding a simmering Mediterranean spicy tomato sauce, with caramelized onions, hot peppers and poached eggs. Served with a side of toasted pita to soak up all the hearty and tangy flavors cooking together in this dish.
Because brunch needs a balance of sweet and savory, we needed to try to grilled halloumi cheese plate. If you have never had halloumi cheese, you are in for a treat. This middle eastern cheese is a mixture of goat and sheep's milk, and has a high melting point, which means that it is practically begging you to fry or grill it. Thick cuts of the halloumi are grilled so that the edges have a light crisp while the inside warms and softens. It is drizzled with honey and served with sliced peaches, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, kiwi and cantaloupe (basically every single one of your favorite fruits). This brunch style cheese board feels like you’re having dessert before noon, and there is nothing wrong with that.
Finally we had the much anticipated waffle platter. This is ideal for when you are going out to brunch with all your girls (or bros, guys brunch too ya know) and want to share something for the table. Waffle segments served on a bed of arugula and topped with crispy cuts of bacon, fried eggs, and grilled halloumi cheese. Oh, and a side of sweet maple syrup! Just about every item you love on a brunch menu served on a gleaming platter that will have you wondering if maybe you could just take the whole thing down yourself (you totally can, we believe in you!)
Our brunch was wonderful in every aspect. A beautiful fall morning sitting next to the city we love, eating all of our fave brunch dishes. With a spicy bloody and hot coffee to wash it all down. Absolutely basking in our weekend glory, I didn’t want this meal to end. But hey, you know where to find me next Sunday!
As a small side note: Quay is the sister restaurant to Sydney (located just a stairs climb from the riverwalk). Sydney is one of our absolute favorite places in the city, so when we heard that a restaurant was coming, we already knew what to expect (and we were not disappointed in the least). Also, for those of you who are interested in dining in Providence but too intimidated by city parking, fear not. Quay offers complimentary valet.
Thank you to Quay for inviting us in for brunch, we were so over the mood delighted by our dining experience. Both the food, the environment, and the staff are A+.