It’s nearing the end of Seattle Restaurant Week, but never fear, there is still time to get in on the good food action. And good food there is… I’m impressed by the variety of dining options, particularly on the higher end where I’m excited to sample three courses at a restaurant that otherwise would be quite pricey. Do click on the link to look at all of the participating restaurants, but what you need to know: three courses, $25/person, and the fun ends on Thursday, October 28. So get out there and dine, people!
This time around I haven’t been as diligent about my Seattle Restaurant Week visits as I’ve been in the past, but I have had the chance to sample a couple with one more to come this week. Sunday night was a return to one of my favorites, Queen Anne’s Emmer & Rye. It was just as fantastic as ever, with the cracked emmer cakes topped with herbed goat cheese, chanterelle mushrooms, and black kale so good that we had to veer off the three course path and have a second order.
And last week was a trip to Poppy, the brightly colored Indian thali restaurant opened on the north end of Broadway on Capitol Hill by Jerry Traunfeld, of uber high-end Herbfarm) fame. I loved the orange, white, and light wood of the interior the first time I went, and liked the food even better this time around.
The first order of business was selecting a pre-dinner cocktail and the Loveless was an excellent choice: gin, chartreuse, St. Germain, lime, and orange bitters. Just the littlest bit sweet, and wonderfully drinkable. I’ll be trying that one at home… Once at the table, our first item off the menu was a little something outside the three courses because one of our group raved about these: eggplant fries with sea salt and honey. Salty, sweet, delicious!
From there, starters of batata wada, potato fritters with cilantro lime sauce; lightly fried mussels with lovage; blue cheese, cherry, and sage tart; and a plate of three spreads and naan: chat masala celery root, curry leaf avocado, and my favorite, sesame carrot.
There were all sorts of different things on the thali trays, among them a deliciously spicy pumpkin, bay, and green chile soup; radicchio, grilled fig, and pumpkin seed salad; fingerling potatoes with lavender and mint; and perhaps my favorite of the small side dishes, the kale and farro gratin. For the featured items, we had the lavender duck leg with parsnip puree and huckleberry sauce; an absolutely melt-in-your-mouth roasted black cod with beet-wasabi sauce; a corn cake with goat cheese, chanterelles, and autumn vegetables; and scallops and pork belly with vanilla-thyme quince. In this shot we’re up close and personal with one of the four thali trays, with that delicious black cod sneaking into the left side of the shot.
The desserts were delicious as well, with a caramelized apple shortcake; bittersweet chocolate terrine with pear and anise; and by far my favorite of the evening, the rather unusual goat cheese pudding with figs and mint.
I like the vibe at Poppy – bustle-y and fun with top-notch service – and with food this interesting and varied I’m already looking forward to my next visit.