Eating to Live on the Outside: Quintessence

I need a break! Good thing it’s a holiday. And luckily, Eating to Live on the Outside is staying close to home today. Just a quick train ride to Quintessence in New York City!

Yeah, Quintessence looks great. Their food is raw and full of cool fruits and vegetables, like endive, coconut and avocado. Here’s a first draft of food I might order:

Stuffed Endive

  • Cashew cheese folded with chopped scallion in endive leaves; looks good, cashews are my favorite nut!

Stuffed Fofu

  • Mock tofu stuffed with Nappa cabbage, shitake, seaweed and scallion marinated in cilantro sauce and topped with shitake mushrooms; plenty of awesome veggies here.

Greek Salad

  • Romaine lettuce, onions, kalamata olives, tomatoes, fresh mint, oregano, basil and tossed with lemon juice and an olive-pumpkin-flax oil blend; I dig it, but oil on the side.

Sesame Sea Salad

  • Sea veggies with chunks of cucumber, tomato and topped with sesame dressing and sesame seeds; provided it’s not salty, I’d give it a try.

Basic Bowl

  • Mixed greens, kale, tomato, cucumber, sunflower sprouts, onion and your choice of dressing; the pineapple anise dressing sounds pretty good.

Caesar Salad with a Twist

  • Romaine lettuce, tomato, crunchy cucumber, avocado cubes, tossed in our pignola miso Caesar dressing and topped with caramelized onions, black pepper and gamasio; looks interesting.

Endive Salad with Scallion “Crème Cheese”

  • Endive, celery, capers and kalamata olives with sweet apple chunks and caramelized walnuts, tossed with lemon vinaigrette and topped with scallion cream cheese; sounds tasty.

Apple Coconut Salad with Lemongrass Dressing

  • Green apple, coconut, basil, ginger and onion with a lemongrass grape seed oil dressing; again, oil on the side.

Arugula Sprout with Caramelized Walnuts

  • Baby arugula, sunflower sprouts, mixed baby sprouts, goji berries and cherry tomato tossed with a sweet-spiced fig cardamom dressing topped with caramelized walnuts; hooray, goji berries!

Green Garden Soup

  • Cucumber tomato, red bell pepper, lemon and dill; hopefully it’s not too salty.

Creamy Asparagus Zucchini Soup

  • Creamy soup with rich asparagus and finished with caramelized onions and black pepper; I love asparagus!

Thai Lemongrass Soup

  • Lemongrass broth with Thai herbs, marinated shitake, scallion and Nappa cabbage; looks pretty good.

Wow! Picking something was a tough decision, but I’d go with the Arugula Sprout with Caramelized Walnuts. I love the variety of ingredients the goji berries seal the deal.

Now, I’ve been too busy lately, but when the dust clears. I’ll REALLY pay Quintessence a visit. In the meantime drop a comment and tell me what you’d order.

Image credit: Quintessence Restaurant

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irene - July 4, 2009 12:33 PM

what a tough decision to make! i think i would go with thai lemongrass soup and the apple coconut salad. then plan on going again to try something else!

i've been following you for a couple months now, love love love your blogging! very fresh, upbeat and makes me laugh! keep it up!

Sara - July 4, 2009 4:28 PM

Beware the salt. Gomasio is sesame salt and I have never seen sea veggies that were not salty. What is fofu?

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