Happy Hour at Poppy

This was one of those meals where you lay in bed awake at night thinking about what you ate.  Poppy was a culinary experience I won't be soon forgetting.  My husband and I sat in the bar and ordered a little off the happy hour menu, the dinner menu and last but definitely not least, the dessert menu, the dessert thali for two.  We tasted so many different flavors, spices and textures, it was like a dance of tastes as we experienced all the small plates.  One of the unique aspects about Poppy is that the owner has his own garden behind the restaurant and grows herbs and spices for his dishes. 

Below is taken from Poppy's website and tells you a little about the restaurant:

 jerry traunfeld’s capitol hill restaurant brings a new style of dining to the northwest. jerry’s inspiration comes from the “thali,” a platter served to each guest holding a variety of small dishes. poppy’s menu borrows the idea of the thali to present jerry’s own style of northwest cooking, highlighting seasonal ingredients, fresh herbs, and spices. it’s a modern northwest tasting menu served all at once.

We started with drinks.  We each ordered a Turkish Delight cocktail which has vodka, curacao, maraschino, lemon and pomegranate.  Then we split the Spiced Fig, Blue Cheese and Sage Tart.  The pastry on the tart was really something, super flaky, plus we both loved the way the cheese tasted with the fig and then of course, the sage right from the back garden.  The eggplant fries with honey and sea salt arrived after that.  Wow, what a flavor combination.  The honey was perfectly glazed over the eggplant and blended so good with the salt.  The texture of the eggplant melted in my mouth.   Next we tasted the Happy Hour thali, four plates of goodness.  There was a mussel, an oyster, curry avocado spread, naan, and tuna.  Then we shared a glass of the house red wine, a Tempranillo wine from Spain.  Then it was time for dessert.  We shared the thali for two and we both agreed that it was the best dessert experience we've ever while dining out.  There was six desserts on a circular tray presented to us with apricot frozen yogurt and a gingersnap cookie served in a martini glass.  Then five other small bites of sweetness rotated around the martini glass.  The dessert thali comes with four things but then you can choose your other two.  My husband's favorite one was the Chocolate Torte with Apricot and mine was the Nutter Butter.  The cocoa nibs had a kick to it, I'm thinking cumin.  Just delicious.  After eating, we walked around the large garden and patio area in the back.  We found the herbs that were in our dishes and thought how unique and special this experience was. 



                     For Poppy's menu and location, go to http://www.poppyseattle.comPoppy on Urbanspoon


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