Lovely sunny day for a drive to lunch and there were a handful of places that sounded interesting in Pittsfield. Driving into the city we decided to pass the first place on my list because it appeared to have only reopened within the last month, there were no customer's cars in the parking lot in spite of the lit "open" sign, of the three reviews I'd read one hadn't eaten there yet, the second was written, I believe, by the owner's brother and didn't offer any descriptive information, and the third described a need to work out some "just opened" issues.
So on to Spice Dragon (btw, brother of the one we passed up?). The restaurant is very attractive inside, expansive and with some nice woodwork. We were promptly greeted and seated by the hostess. Having just driven through significant road repaving on our way there, we decided to forego alcoholic beverages knowing we'd be returning by the same route. Our order for 2 hot teas ($5.50) consisted of a very large pot of hot water and a ramekin filled with a large variety of flavored tea bags. If we were to put the tea bags in the pot, then we both would have to agree on a single flavor and there would have to be at least two or three of that same flavor available for the tea to be strong enough. It so happens that we chose different flavors so we each put our teabag in the small teacups that were just large enough to hold a teabag.
The Vietnamese Spring Rolls ($8.95) can almost be a meal in itself. Two to an order, they are at least six inches long each, and served with some tasty Vietnamese slaw. These rolls are absolutely delicious and not at all greasy. The outer crispy wrapper is more crispy than what you get with Chinese eggrolls. The filling was not outstanding, but very good when dipped in the accompanying fish sauce.
My companion was smart enough to simply order a Spider Roll ($10.95) after such large spring rolls and said she enjoyed it, but it was very typical. I decided to try a Bento Box with Spicy Thai Pork Loin ($10.95). This was enough food for two people. I chose miso soup over egg-drop and found it more salty than expected. I didn't find the pork spicy at all for my taste. The bento box also included some salad, fruit, a small piece of California roll, a similar sized piece of another roll, and a single gyoza-like green dumpling.
Overall, the highlight is the traditional Vietnamese Spring Rolls. The Bento Box is a good value, but not flavorful enough to order again. If we return for more rolls, maybe we'll try some sushi along with them. The kitchen seemed a bit slow in sending out orders considering the number of tables that were occupied during a later lunch hour. Otherwise, service was good.