Poppy is this awesome restaurant in my neighborhood. The gimmick is that they serve thali meals, more or less Indian-influenced fare served in small dishes. You order a thali and you get a bunch of little delicious bites all to yourself. Here’s today’s thali, for example. (You can also get a smali, which has a couple fewer dishes and costs $10 less.)
Every day’s menu has a name. Last Tuesday, for example, was A Thali for Our 44th. I know, because we were there. Iris and I got Laurie a gift card for her birthday and we all had dinner at Poppy on Tuesday.
Iris liked the eggplant fries and the beef tongue and potato pancakes, but she was really after the dessert thali, made by our friend Dana Cree. The dessert thali is insane. You get to choose an ice cream and a plated dessert, plus a variety of extra small desserts (crispy Nutter Butter squares and chocolate caramels were a couple of ours). Iris, naturally, went crazy for this and ate most of the chocolate malt ice cream.
Everything Iris loves, hates, fears, or covets ends up in a kitty-and-pirate story sooner or later, so tonight K. Rool and his crew headed for Poppy. Here are the savory and dessert menus.
A THALI FOR GETTING MAROONED
sorry, no rum
A DESSERT THALI FOR NUTTER BUTTER SQUARES
cookies and cream cake
raspberry and chocolate ice cream bars
regular ice cream
slice of fun cake
sorry, no hardtack