Hey guys. I've already explained how going out to eat stresses me out but G has fallen off the raw wagon and what better way to reinvigorate him than with well made and beautifully executed raw food? For that, we turned to a restaurant. There are only so many sheets of untoasted nori I can hand the guy.
We're lucky to have more than one all-raw restaurant in New York and last month, one of the best (okay - the only one I've tried before - last time G and I were raw cleansing) offered a Groupon! I bought a deal for $20 for $40 dollars worth of food at Quintessence, which is nice because as you may know or figure, the bill at a raw restaurant can rack up quickly. I almost ruined this outing for us both, for reasons I don't want to get into, but lo and behold we ended up at Quintessence on a blustery 29-degree Friday night on a date like normalish people!
Of course I had perused the menu beforehand so we were seated in the small, warmly colored, calmly scented space and we were ready to order:
I got the Buddha Bowl, a top-yr-own salad of "mixed green, kale, tomato, cucumber, sunflower sprouts, and onion." I added marinated portabella mushrooms, olives, and avocado. With house dressing, which is a green herby-lemon-and oil dressing. Most people will say that when they eat out, they want to get something they can't make themselves. I understand that but I err on the side of "better safe than sorry." I know I love salads, so why not get something I'll like? Especially if a restaurant who specializes in raw, organic, fresh, high-quality food can most likely do it best.
G also got something he often enjoys - though not raw - the Mexican platter (he also opted for the less-obvious option of no flash photo):
An enchilada made of a "golden flax and corn tortilla filled with "refried beans", "cheese",
tomato and lettuce drenched with mole sauce and finished with a dollop
of "sour crème" paired with a tostada. Served with
Guajillo chili sauce and garlic scallion wild rice." Also came with a side salad. He liked the tostada best, not being enthralled with only the sprouted wild rice. This is the first dish I have seen G take his time with and actually be filled by.
And, date night it would not be without:
Dessert. Raw tiramisu, which I may or may not have bullied G into selecting. Dude wanted ice cream, WTF? It was pretty good. The creamy topping was silky and delicious and the chocolate layer in the middle was deep and rich. The bottom "ladyfinger" layer was made of nuts, I assume. The texture was pretty good but lacking in the coffee flavor I love in traditional tiramisu.
A good time. I really recommend this place if you're in the city and want fresh, well-made delicious dishes and don't want to feel weighed down by it. It is kind of expensive, but they do have lunch specials and the food is very high-quality. They also have brunch! Brunch!