What You'll Get
Though soy sauce is commonly believed to be of Asian origin, several linguists have unearthed its true Iberian beginnings by decoding the hidden Spanish translation. Celebrate the intriguing international condiment with the help of today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Asian fusion cuisine, tapas, and drinks at Root Table.
The Ballard eatery serves up fresh Asian fusion fare and tapas in a charming dining environment. Be a benevolent boss and share small plates of curry-corn fritters ($5) or battered and Cajun-spiced calamari ($5) with your quivering underlings, or hoard an order of the sweet-basil mussels ($6) baked in white wine, garlic, and butter to silence your growly gut. Full-sized entrees feature Asian flavors fused with American flair and include the booze-infused Double-Fisted Duck ($11.50), marinated in dark beer and Chinese wine and served with deep-fried cabbage and jasmine rice. The Menage-a-Thai ($12) comes with three different curries and your choice of beef, chicken, or tofu, and is served with roti and jasmine rice. Hungry herbivores can dig for fresh-grown nutrients in the Green Dragon ($9), a tofu and green-collard stew with shiitake mushrooms, whereas meatists can wrap their tongues around the spicy sausage capellini ($10), made up of Thai Sai Oua sausage over angel-hair pasta sprinkled with fresh basil. Ensure a sweet conclusion to an undercover date with your debonair detective with an order from the rotating dessert menu, such as the pumpkin cheesecake ($6) or carrot cake ($6).
The intimate eatery boasts an earthy yet elegant décor, where hungry diners nibble on nightly nourishment. Cozy up with nature at wooden tables carved into trunk-like formations amid the warm glow of softly lit lamps and rust-colored walls.
The Seattle Times says:
- It's a lovely neighborhood restaurant for a relaxing meal, at a price point that won't make you too tense in these tough times. – Janet I. Tu
- Some of the best Asian flavor combinations I have ever had. – Alex Strazzanti, Urbanspoon
- The atmosphere was just wonderfully original & serene, our server was super friendly and made a mean Bloody Mary, the tapas were soooo great, and reasonably & unbelievably priced, and our meals were absolutely scrumptious!!! – Catherine A., Yelp
- Great ambiance and even better cuisine. The staff is super friendly, a genuinely comfortable place to eat. Everything i've tried was very well done. And the mango mojito is to die for. – larry-wilcynski, Urbanspoon
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Nov 21, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Must use in 1 visit. No cash back. Tax & gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers or happy hour specials. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Root Table
It wouldn't be too surprising to spot a gnome eating dinner at Root Table, or an elf sipping a cocktail at the bar. After all, this Ballard eatery looks like something from a woodland fairytale. Each table and chair is hewn from the natural wood of gnarled tree trunks, and shades of sage and burnt sienna cover the walls.
Root Table's menu follows the same whimsical, earthy style. Chefs bring together elements of Thai, Indian, and American cuisine in shareable tapas such as hearty root-vegetable fries with spicy ketchup or curry corn fritters with chili-peanut sauce. They prepare heartier entrees, too, such as a wild-caught salmon curry named the Best Thai Curry in Seattle in 2012. Mixologists put just as much thought into the drink menu, which includes craft cocktails and wines delivered from a forest vineyard by a friendly centaur.