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“Backstreet Rocks!!!”
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Backstreet
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Move over The Mews and Front Street there's a new game in town and it's called Backstreet. If you can find it you are in for a treat. Tucked away from noisy Commercial Street bedlam on Bradford Street is a great new fine dining establishment. Backstreet with Chef Raul and newlywed owners Rassa & Chris is cooking up some of the best modern cuisine Provincetown has seen in quite some time. The new owners have quickly turned the old 10 Tables Restaurant into a must see, must eat at culinary treat.

We were a party of 7 that straggled in over the course of a half hour but received nothing but courteous treatment. We were greated by a most pleasant hostess that ushered us to a lovely private dining room with french doors that closed and allowed our louder guests to enjoy their delicious Pear Martini's without the consternation of being too boisterous or disruptive to other dinners. The atmosphere although sparse was in true bistro form. There is an outdoor patio with abundant room, well light and stationed with an outdoor heater for the cooler nights.

After a peak in the kitchen we were impressed with the order and cleanliness of the restaurant. From the silver to the glassware to the interestingly shaped dishes were all obviously relatively new and well kept. I'm a stickler for a pristine table setting. No foggy glassware for me.

Decked with wooden floors the din was high but not annoying. After all a little noise is part of the hustle and bustle of Provincetown. The service was both colorful and entertaining. Our server was from Eastern Europe but spoke perfect english and was attentive and good humored as he playfully went about business. It put us both at ease and made us secure in knowing that what to come was going to be well executed. We were not to be disappointed. Alas, we ate and drank merrily never rushed nor ignored.

But the best of all and most important was the food. There was an adequate selection of wine by the bottle. I ordered a house red which was both ample and pleasantly piquant. With a party of 7 what else to do but order a bevy of appetizers.

Our starters included a perfectly cooked Marinated Skirt Steak with Mandarin Glaze and Orange Gremolata, the most delicious Duck Confit Rolls with Ginger Plum Gastrique, juicy and succulent Fried Clams and Backstreet Mussels, delicate and silky Cognac Crepes and finally my favorite a Spicy Tuna Tartare with avocado relish, hominy cake and Habanero sauce. It was to die for.

Each appetizer was not only impeccably prepared but a sight for the eyes. These were not tiny bits of rehashed entree but rather bountiful, artfully crafted and skilfully executed true first course meals. The prices and portions were commensurate.

After a superb beginning it was on to salads. We tasted the spicy Ceasar salad that came with the most amazing hominy croutons. Our server suggested we eat the croutons while still warm as they had a slight tendency to cool. Good suggestion, Often restaurants substitute those hard, barely digestible little blocks of bread but not here. On this chilled, crispy romaine classic we find richly warm slightly toasted hominy cubes that were center soft and melted in your mouth. Kudos to a fresh idea on an old favorite. Well not to be outdone, heirloom tomatoes with basil and burrata (a softer more palatable buffalo mozzarella type cheese) were a bit early in the season but an admirable attempt nonetheless.

On to the entree. Our table ordered throughout the menu. We sampled things such as Back Street Shrimp and Grits with Sweet Potato Smoked-Chile, Guanciale and Cantal , Handmade Linguini in White Clam Sauce and Lobster Tail, Braised Pork Shank with coffee smoked chile molasses reduction, rare marinated Grilled Tuna with Apricot-Mint Glaze, Green-Chile Toasted Pine Nut Quinoa(that grain that feeds nations), Spiced Rubbed New York Strip with Bourbon-Ancho Glaze, Sweet Potato Risotto, Roasted Wild Mushrooms. I had the Steak and a sample of the Tuna from a friend whose kindness shows no bounds. Both were just grand! My meat was perfectly cooked, beautifully marked and rare like I like. The risotto was heavenly creamy and a nice accompaniment. The Tuna was spectacular and would probably order it myself next time.

The portions were plentiful and the entree appropriately priced. We almost skipped dessert with 3 diabetics at the table but Rassa brought us a delightful confection that she made herself. We ended by enjoying double espressos and coffee that was as good as I make at home.

Well, all in all from the ambiance to the service to cleanliness to the food we had a first rate experience. With a table of gay men you are bound to find a complainer in the midst. But not here. Each of us enjoyed that blissful sensation of gastronomic delight in the quietude and peace that is pleasant fine dining.

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Thank DavidDMartin
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Backstreet is a new and wonderful addition to the local restaurant scene. We were welcomed as old friends and seated immediately. The atmosphere is crisp and slightly minimal, which was a nice change from the usual P town restaurant ambiance. We shared an app of heirloom tomatoes...which, in a word, were 'fabulous'. My grilled shrimp over grits were flavorful and beautifully plated. My partner's lightly breaded cod was light, fresh and delicious. The wine list was adequate and our server told us that they would be expanding the list as the restaurant evolves. Perhaps the best part of our evening was the warm, friendly, professional and personal attention of the server and host. We were welcomed as old friends, which, in truth, is a breath of fresh air in a town that is occasionally over the top in 'professional' attitude. We really hope that "Backstreet" is successful as they deserve success. The restaurant is 'vibrant' in terms of noise level; the staff recognizes this minor issue and told us that they are addressing the 'vibrancy' issue.

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1  Thank Irish_Harry
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

This is a must when in Ptown
Everything is home made not packaged from Sysco like most other places
We had a few apps at the bar with chuck the bartender which were great
tuna sashimi with blood orange and avacado-DELISH
duck confit
Vanilla ice cream with bacon brittle~AMAZING
Professional staff which is very rare in this town
Stop by and give them a try - you'll be back

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Thank jeevers1
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

This newcomer to the dining scene was a happy find! From the gracious owners both of whom warmly greeted us, to the staff who were perfectly attentive and unobtrusive, our meal was a joy. The Caesar Salad with its jalapeno/parmesan "crisp" and warm, toasted hominy croutons was an unexpected highlight and great way to start a memorable meal. The chef's perfectly prepared filet with another unexpected twist - a breaded and fried bleu cheese ball and flavorful mushroom sauce garnishing the plate are the types of things you'll talk about long after you've eaten them. This, to me, is the hallmark of a fine restaurant and one in which you won't mind spending your well earned vacation time and $$. The desert, not to be missed and we had the special joy of being treated to some unusual sorbets - red grapefruit/basil/peppercorn (soooo scrumptious), a refreshing vanilla bean lime, and a mouthwatering raspberry that tasted like the berries were not only fresh picked, but ramped up in super raspberry flavor - WOW! The chef was introduced to us as a nice final touch to well earned applause. A great experience!

1  Thank TomASAP
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

For a new restaurant in Provincetown, this place it's a homerun. Everything from the jalapeno butter when served in the beginning to the desert of homemade sorbets, this place is just amazing. Appetizers from the tomato, basil and Baretta cheese salad to the duck confit spring rolls, shows the amazing and complex flavors done by the chef. A main dish of a rubbed pork shank that was nearly blackened on the outside but yet moist and delicious inside served with a side Potatoes Anna was a real hits or a main dish! Great european-style service all without any pretense. Prices were fair for the size of the portions and the quality of the food. Only negative was that it was a bit noisy inside without any fabric absorbing the sound. It was a minor negative for all the positives. We will definitely be back soon.

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Thank StanSylvain
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