Saturday, March 19, 2011

Mosaic Bistro Market

We had a very nice dinner at Mosaic Bistro and Market last night. I really like the decor and ambiance there. The wait staff is young and friendly and there's a feeling of "hip-ness" when you walk in the door.

Ellen Schmitz, the owner told us that on Tuesday nights she is now offering a 3 course menu for $25 and a $25 wine list. Now that's news. Also there's live music on Thursday nights. Not only that, but Ellen is doing some remodeling and decorating that will enhance this attractive restaurant even more.

My husband opted for the specials of the night which were Creamy Chicken Soup  and Pan Seared 
Scallops with Saffron Risotto, Carrots, Crispy Arugula and Tarragon Pesto.  The soup was served beautifully in a covered bowl, piping hot and he loved it.  The presentation of his main course was elegant as well. The combination of the ingredients were artistically arranged plus the textures and the flavors  made it a winner.

I started with Escargot and Wild Mushrooms in a Flaky Pastry with a Tarragon and Brandy Cream Sauce. It was absolutely wonderful and a generous serving, also beautifully presented.

My main course was Day Boat Scallops with tiny cubes of Duroc Bacon served with Baby Carrots and Spring Pea and Rosemary Puree. The little cubes of bacon gave just enough saltiness and texture to the softness of the scallops and the creaminess of the pea puree.

We shared dessert which consisted of a lemon tart and a chocolate tart, both delicious.

I don't know if I mentioned this before in my previous blog on this restaurant, but the portions and prices are both reasonable. I really admire chefs and restaurants that take responsibility for serving healthful portions at decent prices.

Ellen told us that her brother and sister-in-law are opening an Italian restaurant next door to her restaurant and it should be open soon.  Things are happening on North Central in Clayton. Keep tuned!

Mosaic Bistro /Market
14 North Central Avenue

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