Food Porn: Poppy

10 Item Thali. Photo by Jennifer Liu.

Northwest tasting menus in the form of a thali.

In this edition of Food Porn, 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), and spices to serve a modern Northwest tasting menu all at once.

10 Item Thali. Photo by Jennifer Liu.
10 Item Thali. Photo by Jennifer Liu.

Start with their famous Eggplant Fries with sea salt & honey. This unique starter is crisp, light, savory, and finished with a hint of sweetness. The Dungeness Crab Salad with avocado, heart of palm, grapefruit, and shiso is fresh with bright citrus notes. Other appetizers include Spiced Fig, Onion, Bleu Cheese and Sage Tart, Duck Gizzard Confit, and Fried Mussels with celery seed aioli.

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.

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Photos by Jennifer Liu.

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 pâtes de fruit. The Chocolate Truffle Torte is dense and rich and the Japanese Cheesecake is airy and fluffy, with matcha white chocolate crumble and passion fruit sabayon.

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.

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