I was a little nervous tackling our maiden voyage to Poppy on Valentine's weekend, since it is such a different experience and although the reviews are generally positive on Chowhound, I saw mixed reviews elsewhere. Most of the complaints centered around service and price/value.
Luckily for me, I have an adventerous foodie as my Valentine and we enjoy the out of the ordinary and unique experiences and to sum it up succinctly, Poppy surpassed all of our expectations and we had an incredible experience.
To immediately address the two most common concerns I had read about, our service was spectacular. Friendly, attentive, curteous, funny and knowledgeable. We did not have to ask for anything, all of our needs were handled proactively including the always challenging keeping Irena's water glass full! Yes the whole meal experience took close to 2 hours, but we knew that going in and we were ready for the deliberate pace. As far as value for the money paid, Poppy ain't cheap, we spent close to $150 bucks for two, but I don't mind spending that type of money if I feel like the experience warrants it and we thought it did.
Now to the food. I can honestly say I don't think I had one dish, with the exception of the scrumptious fresh baked ginger cookies on the dessert Thali that I had ever had prepared the way the Poppy chefs did. So just from an adventerous perspecitve it was awesome. From Pecan encrusted Lamb, Lavender Duck, Cauliflower spread for the Naan, Chiogga Beets with Honey and Walnuts to Carrot Walnut Cake with Roasted Pineapple and Cream Cheese Mousse, every dish was a new epicurean discovery.
Even the cocktails were amazing. I had the spicy Papi Delicious and it blew me away.
Poppy jumps to the top of our dining list and a place we will happily take our other foodie friends!
622 Broadway E, Seattle, WA
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