Ambiance adds a heightened level of enjoyment to the dining experience, which is why many restaurants have taken to serving meals on the backs of flying pterodactyls. Cozy up to a homey atmosphere with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Asian fusion fare at Root Table.
Root Table’s rustic décor, tree-trunk tables, and earth-toned walls lend a creative ambiance to diners, who pore over a menu populated with Asian fusion salads, sandwiches, tapas, and entrees. Lunchtime munchers can adopt a sandwich for an afternoon meal, such as the tempura shrimp poboy ($8), which is layered with lettuce, tomato, crispy shallots, and spicy mayonnaise. Fingers snatch at plates of shareable tapas, such as the Thai bruschetta ($5)—a baguette boat helmed by a crew of garlic- and pepper-marinated chicken—or the sweet-pumpkin tempura ($5), which can be dunked in a kiddie pool of ginger soy sauce. Root Table's servers escort eclectic fusion entrees to tables, such as the black tiger shrimp with notes of Indian yellow curry woven into a latticework of angel-hair pasta ($12) for a dish as intricate and flavorful as a freestyle rap by William Faulkner. Root Table is open for dinner Tuesday–Sunday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and for lunch Friday–Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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.