Just as my husband and I moved a few months ago (only two blocks from where we used to live), our upstairs neighbors in our old place also moved at the same time. They actually only moved about six houses down on the same street. Needless to say, we are still neighbors– we just no longer share the same roof. I guess that is a testament too to how wonderful our neighborhood is because it seems once you’re in it, you don’t want to leave!
So last night, we met up with our neighbors and their adorable daughter for an early dinner at Apsara Palace, which is usually highlighted as one of the best Asian restaurants in Providence. My husband and I rarely go there for dinner because it is a very small restaurant, and on a typical Friday or Saturday, you most likely would have a long wait. We went super early though yesterday, so we were able to slip right in.
A few facts about Apsara– as you can see, it’s in a small plaza, so parking can be tough. However, the quality of the food and the low prices make lack of parking pretty a pretty minor nuisance. Second, the menu us huge, and clearly states almost all dishes can be adapted to suit your preferences. Needless to say, it is very vegan and vegetarian friendly. Lastly, the service is excellent.
We ordered vegetarian nime chow to start, and it was delicious. The rolls were stuffed with rice noodles, herbs and veggies, and the peanut sauce was plentiful.
We also ordered their pan-fried vegetable ravioli, which were their version of potstickers. They too were super flavorful and nicely stuffed with veggies.
For my entrée, I ordered an old favorite– veggie and tofu lemongrass, which I ate with brown rice.
What I especially enjoy about Apsara’s version of this dish is that there is such a variety of veggies in the mix! String beans, carrots, peppers, onions, broccoli, bamboo shoots, baby corn. . . I am probably missing a few still! My only one complaint is that there wasn’t enough of the delicious sauce!
I guess the key to dining in at Apsara Palace is going early on a weekend. Now that we know the trick, I am sure we will be back there soon!
What is your favorite thing to order at Asian restaurants?