Poppy – Northwest tasting menus in the form of a thali.
Today we feature Poppy, bringing a new style of dining in the form of “thalis” to the Pacific Northwest. Thalis are a round tray on which a variety of small dishes are served to each guest. Chef Jerry Traunfeld highlights seasonal and local ingredients, fresh herbs (often from their garden out back), and spices to serve a modern Northwest tasting menu all at once.
We started with their famous Eggplant Fries with sea salt & honey. The fries were not very substantial and seemed empty in the center and while the flavor of the dipping sauce was food, was too thick for the limp fry. The Dungeness Crab Salad with avocado, heart of palm, grapefruit, and shiso is fresh with bright citrus notes. The crab came in nice large chunks and the heart of palm with grapefruit was really fresh and delicious. For entrees, you can choose a 7 or 10-item thali, which includes vegetarian options. The 10-item Black Cod and Duck Leg thali is a must-try. The star dishes, of course, are the tender, flaky black cod in a carrot sauce and Chef Traunfeld’s signature lavender-rubbed duck leg with tart cherries, sage, and the creamiest parsnip puree. However, the creamy butternut squash soup, roasted golden beets, roasted cauliflower with currants, grilled radicchio and leek salad deserve the limelight too. They are exquisitely prepared and beautifully presented. We sampled each item carefully and agreed that everything (other than the beans — ugh, beans) was cooked and presented beautifully. We’d definitely order this again.
Photos by Andrei. For dessert, don’t miss the housemade nutter-butter squares that comes in the Sweet Thali for Two, which includes your choice of 1 dessert and 1 ice cream choice plus mango lime marshmallows, orange chocolate crunch, and concord grape and rosemary pÃ¢tes de fruit. The Chocolate Truffle Torte is pretty, but too dense and rich. It got stuck to the roof of our mouths. Innovative, but not tasty, the Japanese Cheesecake with matcha white chocolate crumble and passion fruit sabayon is an odd combination of flavors. The white chocolate overpowers the cake and the passion fruit sabayon just seems out of place. Stick to the dessert thali or ice cream. During happy hour, try the $6 Happy Thali that includes confit duck, batata wada potato fritters, lamb sweetbreads, curry leaf avocado spread, and nigella-poppy naan. We’ll definitely have to stop by for this deal soon! Summary: beautiful atmosphere, nice presentation, delicious, interesting flavors. Recommendation: definitely worth checking out. Poppy is open for dinner Monday – Thursday and Sunday from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm. Happy Hour is Sunday – Thursday 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm (Sunday 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm) in the bar only. Poppy | 622 Broadway E., Seattle | (206) 324 – 1108