I was running some errands on this rainy Saturday afternoon, and walked by a brand new restaurant that opened up just this month around the block from me! It's called Qi Restaurant (on West 14th St. between 5th & 6th Ave.), and reminded me much of some of my beloved vegetarian asian restaurants that I go to. Just as I was looking at their menu outside, the sky really opened up, so I went in. Just like the Sea Thai Bistro, you get your choice of a FREE appetizer along with your main course. And the lunch specials all run around $7 (and that's including the free appetizer). Note that this is NOT a vegetarian or vegan restaurant, but they do have a lot of vegetarian options, much like Sea Thai Bistro. :)
Pic from inside the restaurant.
First I tried their mushroom filled spring rolls. You get 3 small spring rolls, and you can't tell by the picture, but the sauce is on the bottom of the dish-- and it's really tasty too! I thought these were delicious!!!
For my main course I tried their pineapple fried rice. This was TERRIFIC! I felt like I was cheating on Wild Ginger's, since they make amazing pineapple fried rice as well. But Qi's was almost even better, and cheaper too (which is always a bonus!).
Overall I thought this restaurant was EXCELLENT! Both the food and the service were amazing! I am just sad that I've lived in this area all these months, and now this restaurant opens, when I'll already be moving in January. :( But oh well, I'm definitely going to enjoy this restaurant while I still live right by it! I have a feeling this is going to be one of my staple restaurants on this blog, because it's so close by, convenient, and has the type of food that I've been craving so much lately.
I came home to watch Peanut lunching...
Sorry the pic was blurry, but he makes a lot of quick movements! Note the crumpled up lottery ticket by his bowls... crumpled up papers are his new favorite thing!
And speaking of Sea Thai Bistro, Melissa (from the Missy Maintains blog) and I are going to have a do-over lunch there this Tuesday (since I got sick last Thursday and had to miss it!). I love vegetarian asian themed food... it's this Italian girl's new favorite thing! :)
That's all for today, my lovelies! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!