I love Qi, a Thai restaurant serving a modern fair that relocated from Times Square to Hell's Kitchen, at the location where Chef Pichet Ong opened Chaan Teng, an eclectic Chinese restaurant end of 2016, that unfortunately closed. It is unfortunate as Chaan Teng was pretty good, but at least, it gives Qi a better chance to attract customers, the restaurant in Times Square being beautiful, but not the best location, with people also wondering if it was a lounge considering the feel it had. In Hell's kitchen, there is no doubt, even with the music playing, that they are serving food. Decor wise, they did not remodel and kept the beautiful setting of Chaan Teng with its vibrant colors and some elegance that make it more than just one of the many Thai places in the area.
Of course, I ordered my favorite Thai drink: a Thai iced tea that was very good.
As an appetizer, we shared the veggie Spring rolls, made with glass noodles, minced vegetables, accompanied by a plum sauce. They were delicious but very hot, with the wrapping not too thick and a nice amount of vegetables.
For her entree, Jodi ordered a sautéed dish made with baby corn, mushrooms, zucchini, scallion, bell peppers, carrots, onions and celery, with an addition of tofu. At first, I thought it would be bland, but it was not the case.
On my side, I opted for the General Tso fried chicken and waffle. Few reasons: I love General Tso chicken, I love fried chicken, I love waffles and I love the combination of sweet and savory. I was also intrigued by the dish as it is not your classic fried chicken and was amused that they would serve what you typically see on a brunch menu for dinner. The dish looked very appetizing and I was not disappointed at all: the chicken was fantastic! It was crispy and tasty, slightly sweet, less than your traditional General Tso, perfectly cooked and moist. It was also served with a very good waffle, that was slightly crispy and not too soft. The only improvement I see is the quantity of syrup (made with red dates and sesame), but you can ask for more anyway. If you like fried chicken and waffle, I definitely recommend this dish.
Last was dessert. Well, in fact no, no dessert: they just had ice cream! No mango and sticky rice or even fried ice cream. So we left, a bit disappointed because of that, but still glad they relocated and did not permanently close. Qi is a nice place that serves some delicious food at reasonable prices. If you are in Hell's Kitchen, check it out!
Enjoy (I did)!
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Qi Bangkok Eatery- 698 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036