One popular Fremont pop-up is setting up more permanent roots. Indian tasting menu specialist Meesha is now a full-fledged restaurant called Meesha 127, officially taking over the space at 127 N 36th Street, as chef and owner Preeti Agarwal makes the switch from her stewardship of French restaurant Pomerol.
The transformation may not come as much as a surprise for those following the progress of Agarwal’s work over the past year. Since taking over Pomerol in June 2019, the chef has steadily added influences from her native India to the menu, with dishes like chat maasala pakoras living alongside foie gras and steak frites. She created Meesha as a monthly pop-up at the restaurant for tasting menus, and it has featured some of the best Indian food in the city, from parsi lamb chops to panchmel dal, a spicy lentil stew. During the pandemic, Meesha was more front and center at Pomerol, offering takeout on its items and eventually limited dine-in.
Now, the transition is complete. On the a la carte menu to start at the new restaurant are several of the plates and flavors that have appeared on past Meesha dinners (and Agarwal’s family recipes), particularly ram ladoo (lentil fritters with radish slaw and chutney), handi paneer, and double ka meetha (an Indian bread pudding with rose, cherries, and nuts). The drinks side features a wide selection of local and European wines, beer, and a few original cocktails, including the Mughal Express (gin, pomegranate, and sumac).
Agarwal tells Eater Seattle she and her team have been working on the shift from Pomerol to Meesha 127 for several months, revamping the interior of the restaurant to reflect “the modern metro cities of India” with a colorful art deco style. Takeout is still available, as is monthly ticketed tasting menus (the current Diwali offering has been sold out for the past three weeks). She is also attempting to install a covering on the restaurant’s patio for winterized outdoor seating, which should be ready soon.