Quantum Leap

Last night, my sister and I took a yoga class and then grabbed a bite for dinner afterwards.  She had been wanting to try Quantum Leap, a mostly vegetarian (they serve fish) restaurant in the East Village.  I was very happy to check it out with her.  Since we often like similar things at restaurants, we knew sharing was in the  cards!  Our eyes both jumped to the “Macro Plate”, and decided to get a seitan dish as the other entree since it’s something we never cook ourselves.

Quantum Leap feels like it could be in Vermont, or another “hippie-esque” area, definitely not your typical Manhattan restaurant.

We were pleasantly surprised when the waiter brought over 2 complimentary house salads to start.  It was a basic green salad with cabbage, tomato, cucumber and a delicious miso dressing.  I cleared my plate.

SaladThe dressing automatically came on the side, how great is that?!

Here is my half of the Macro Plate: a platter of steamed garden vegetables, kale, lentils, hiziki seaweed and brown rice served with mushroom gravy.

Macro PlateThe mushroom gravy came on the side, unfortunately this dish was lacking in the flavor department.  Everything was bland, and the gravy didn’t help much.  I did manage to eat everything, minus the brown rice, the starch on the next plate was much tastier!  My favorite part of this dish was the seaweed and kale.

Here is my half of Seitan Satay: skewers of bite sized pieces of seitan broiled in our spicy peanut flavored satay sauce skewers marinated in a spicy peanut sauce served with basmati kotil rice and oriental veggies

SeitanThis dish was a winner!! The seitan was very flavorful, and the peanut sauce was amazing with just enough heat and some interesting spices that I could not decipher.  I ate everything you see here.

Overall portions were well sized.  For me there was a bit too much starch served, that’s why I left the uninspiring brown rice on the macro plate.  I left perfectly full.  This vegetarian meal provided plenty of protein (lentils, seitan) lots of fiber (lentils, vegetables, brown rice), and healthy fat (some sort of oil & peanuts).  I would definitely return to Quantum Leap to try some other dishes.

Nutrition Tidbit:

  • Keep in mind, just because a restaurant is considered “health food” or “vegetarian” it does not mean it’s always healthy.
  • Portions can be large, and lots of fat can still be used.
  • It is also easy to eat too much starch at vegetarian restaurants.  Make sure you are getting lots of vegetables and some sort of protein in your meal: tofu, setian, tempeh, or beans/lentils, to balance the meal.
  • Order wisely, limit fried food (even this restaurant served both white & sweet potato fries)
  • Ask if dishes are heavily sauced, and you can always get it on the side.
  • Check in with yourself to see if you are full before you finish the plate of food in front of you.

5 Responses

  1. I have a restaurant just like this called Sunflower in my neighborhood. Though most of the food is healthy, there are some pretty bad items like fried “chicken”…basically, deep-fried gluten. Amazingly, some people order that thinking they found the healthy sub to fried chicken.

  2. the restaurant’s dishes looked delish! nice tips, too! 🙂

  3. Do you think white potatoes should be limited in consumption? I kind of treat them as a natural/unprocessed carb so I don’t overdo it on them, but I am also not scared of them. Should I be? 🙂

    • Hi Elina,

      White potatoes are healthy, providing vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin B6 in addition to a few grams of fiber. One medium baked potato has 150 calories. While ‘technically’ a vegetable, they are very rich in carbohydrate (starch), so you need to be careful with your portions and watch out for other sources of carbohydrate in your meal so you don’t overdo it. It’s also easy for potatoes to have a lot of additional hidden calories (oil if sauteed/fried; sour cream, butter or bacon if baked; cheese, cream & butter if baked in a gratin or mashed, etc), so you’re best having a plain baked potato with salsa or roasting your own with minimal oil. Also remember that sweet potatoes are even richer in nutrients, so if you have a choice choose them! Hope that helps,


  4. Now I am hungry. SLURP! This is proof that you can have a FABUOLOUS meal and it can be healthy as well. I am excited to check back here often 🙂

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