Joanne’s Journey to Seven Moons (Warning: Don’t Read if Hungry!)

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Asian food has long been a favorite of mine. Growing up, my Mom would take us to Chen’s Chinese restaurant in downtown Providence. It was on the second floor on Washington Street in Downtown Providence. We would take the bus downtown to go and it was always a special treat.

When I worked in Providence city hall, Luke’s Luah hut was the place to go. We spent many a Friday night there with coworkers eating chow mein sandwiches and drinking scorpion bowls with eight straws. Can you imagine doing that now? I really can’t but those memories of Downtown Providence in the “ old days” still touch my heart.

Today, there is a wide variety of Asian specialties.  My choice this week was “Seven moons” Restaurant located in North Kingstown, on Post Road.

Straightforward and Delicious

The decor of the restaurant is plain and simple. There is never a wait when I go. I think that’s because the restaurant is quite large.

Seven Moons has a good size Sushi bar on one side, with tables for dining. There are also booths there, where you can dine in tradition without shoes and by sitting at a low authentic Asian table. I’ve tried that before, but this night I opted for the other dining room, which has a large bar area and assorted booths and tables. 

The dining room at Seven Moons.

There are a couple of fire places which are usually lit in wintertime. That gives it a nice, cozy feeling. But in summer the restaurant is usually decorated with fresh flowers giving it a nice touch.

A Down-Home Feeling

The name “Seven moons”was derived from the idea of serving seven different Asian kinds of food. Chinese, Thai, Japanese and East Asian cuisine are served. Sushi is one of their most popular items.

On my visit, I opted to try several dishes since I couldn’t not choose. Sometimes, you really can have it all. (At a restaurant, you can.)

We  first ordered the Crab Rangoon, which was stuffed with cheese and very little crab. It was lightly deep fried in a golden crust, served with traditional duck sauce. For those of you who like sweet sauces, duck sauce is good on just about everything.

Joanne Giannini doesn’t mess around. She orders a good amount of food.

Next we tried the barbecue spareribs with the bone, of course. Those were delicious and crunchy. I always order spring rolls, my favorite, which were served with a crushed peanut sauce. They were piping hot and very crispy with shrimp and vegetables. No visit to this restaurant would be complete without trying the fried Peking ravioli, which are stuffed with pork meat and lightly fried. They are also served with a spiced soy sauce for dipping.

If you want to try something really different, try the pineapple fried rice. It has pieces of ham, shrimp, pork and pineapple sautéed with onion and bean sprouts, also very good.

Generous Portions

All of these  generous portions can feed at least two people, maybe three. We always tend to over order, as we like to try different items.

Joanne didn’t care for this drink. But it certainly looks tasty.

Speaking of trying something different, I ordered a strawberry bubble tea. This tea was new to the menu. It came in a plastic cup frozen with a strawberry cream mixture with a certain Asian fruit in it. It resembled raisins, but had the consistency of jelly! Okay, so this wasn’t for me. Maybe I would have like it without that fruit which, was very chewy.  Needless to say, I won’t be that adventurous again. I’ll stick to jasmine tea next time.

I’d say this restaurant is very affordable. The bill only came to $62.00 for two people.

So, if you are looking to try several kinds of Asian food and want a variety, Journey to “Seven Moons” Restaurant

In North Kingstown, where the Asian stars await you!

 
Joanne Giannini
Joanne Giannini is a former State Representative from Providence. A freelance journalist, consultant and writer, she has previously written commentary for The Providence journal, GolocalProv and WPRO radio. Contact her at Pt3270@yahoo.com
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