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622 Broadway E.
Seattle , WA , United States
(206) 324-1108

Are you more in the mood for a hibiscus-flower–and-Prosecco cocktail? They mix a mean one at Poppy, in the up-and-coming north side of Capitol Hill. The big color-splashed space—imagine a cross between a wood-paneled Danish furniture showroom and a progressive kindergarten—buzzes with fans of chef Jerry Traunfeld, who won local hearts and national laurels with his garden-to-table cooking at Herbfarm. For Poppy, Traunfeld does something different—very different!—channeling his double obsession with exotic spices and greenmarket produce into small tastes presented all at once on a thali tray. Think South India–meets–Pacific Northwest. Michael Pollan would applaud Traunfeld’s tasting platter: mostly vegetables—five-spice chard; an intriguing satsuma-mustard pickle—with a morsel or two of animal protein thrown in for good measure (juicy quail, say, in a rich Persian pomegranate–and-walnut sauce).

From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List

Pontus Frithiof has put his name on several Stockholm restaurants (elegant Pontus in the Greenhouse, which closed last year; and his harborside bistro, <strong>Pontus by the Sea</strong>, still going strong). Now there’s also the huge, exuberant Pontus!, close to nightlife center Stureplan and with a fittingly fantastical design scheme featuring faux-library-shelf wallpaper. The menu shows equal devotion to fresh seafood, gorgeous vegetables and other terrific seasonal ingredients, with separate menus focusing on each category.

We loved: Muscat pumpkin with king crab.

Insider tip: The cocktail bar serves dim sum and sushi.

Last updated 2012-02-22 01:33:08 UTC
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