Mozaic Mosaic MoZaic
1377 Main St. (S. Pineapple Ave.)
Sarasota, FL 34236
French-Moroccan sophistication in an intimate, two-level dinner house setting.
Openings: Dinner nightly, Sat. afternoon wine tastings


MoZaic, Sarasota, FL

MoZaic Restaurant Review:

Locals knew to be on the lookout for chef Dylan Elhajoui's unique vision, a mix of classical French techniques married with the lush bounty of western Mediterranean produce with the sly exoticism of Moroccan spicing. Portions are sensible and vegetables often take center stage, yet this is still one of the more luxurious dinner options in downtown Sarasota. The tiny upstairs dining room can get noisy when at capacity, but that's easy to excuse when waggling a spoon in a delicate egg cup of lemon grass-sparked lobster custard. From that amuse-bouche, salads are about the most thoughtful in town, from one with velvety oil-braised tomatoes to another anchored by lavender honeyed goat cheese and a whiff of preserved lemon. Entrées range from rigorously French to sultry tagines and couscouses. The wine list is sufficiently broad and thoughtful to accommodate this range of lively flavors, and service is steeped in menu knowledge and sure-footed pacing. A culinary mosaic it is, but one in which all the little pieces fit together seamlessly. A Wednesday night couscous party brings Moroccan comfort foods at very reasonable prices.

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