Every so often, a truck pulls up to the doors of downtown Seattle’s Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails. Out jumps a farmer, all the way from the picturesque town of Carlton in the Methow Valley of North Central Washington. In the truck, beauty sits in the form of glowing organic foods: heirloom tomatoes, winter squash, sweet peppers, fresh herbs. It’s a delicious list of goods, all from a family farm called The King’s Garden. As the truck doors are opened, executive chef Adam Stevenson emerges from the kitchen and rummages through the produce, picking what is needed for the week’s delightful menu. With an abundance of local goodness at his fingertips, Stevenson creates a memorable Pacific Northwest dining experience for locals and tourists alike.
Overlooking Puget Sound and the metropolis of America’s fasting-growing city, Frolik calls the fifth floor of the vibrant Motif Seattle hotel home. Its core value is simple: all things Seattle. The ever-changing menu reflects Washington’s bountiful culinary scene; from wild king salmon to seared pork belly to lobster mushrooms, the culinary offering is a musing on the Pacific Northwest’s charm. Season after season, Stevenson caters the menu to focus on what foods are in harvest, and wants all those who dine at his space to experience what the region has to share.
If you want a surprise, don’t forget to order the charred padrón peppers. “Dig in, enjoy them—one in 10 peppers is going to be hot,” Stevenson says upon serving. If mornings are more your thing, wake up to the sight of the stunning Olympic Mountains and enjoy a fresh green juice from the bar as you snack on the house-made trail mix with pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and chocolate chunks.
Food aside, the energy in the space is edgy yet stylish, mature yet mischievous. Frolik is what modern day dining is all about. Senses are ignited with cocktails such as the Pear Ginger Mule, with Absolut Vodka as the kick and Mathilde Poire as the punch. It’s topped off with fresh chamomile, lime, and a splash of ginger beer. What better way to end the week than cozying up to a glass-enclosed fireplace with a cocktail in hand?
If young professionals are looking to celebrate the weekend once the clock strikes five on Friday, Frolik is the spot. LED table tennis, shuffleboard, and cocoon swing chairs offer a great escape as the magnificent rooftop views of the city’s Great Wheel and beyond are taken in. And if you happen to find yourself at Frolik during the summer months, lucky you: the restaurant plays host to some of Seattle’s great young musical talent during its seasonal rooftop concert series.
Frolik is a celebration of life: the good, the fun, and the appetizing.