May 22, 2010

Third Time's a Charm at the Mustard Seed

Not that the Mustard Seed doesn't charm me every time I dine there, but the third time in eight days really stole my heart. Let's just say that if this restaurant took human form, I'd bend down on both knees and propose. (Shh, don't tell Chick-Fil-A.) Remember last Thursday when I went there for lunch with Grammy and Auntie Kelly? Well, I had another chance to take family there the following Monday when my second cousins were visiting from Massachusetts. On Monday night I had my favorite dish: sesame crusted chicken with a raspberry soy glaze, fresh vegetables, and garlic mashed potatoes. I've had this dish several times and always enjoy it.


My roommate hadn't yet gone to Mustard Seed, so we decided to go last night. Aside from the usual menu, they always have specials with lots of fun ingredients. Today's specials blew us away:
The funny thing is, that morning I emailed Diana the menu and she immediately knew she wanted the shrimp & scallop risotto. She said she had never met a risotto she didn't like. Determined to something new, I decided I would have the grilled lemon-oregano chicken with tomato feta relish. Well our 11am selections flew out of the window when we saw that chalkboard menu. Diana knew she wanted the tuna and I was torn between the tilapia and the trout. I love both fish; it was the sides that were killing me! Goat cheese whipped grits or a pineapple infused Jasmine rice cake? Seriously...so hard. After the recommendation of our server, I opted for the tilapia and was really eager to devour whatever this rice cake concoction was.


Both of our jaws dropped not only when we were served, but when we took our first bites. DELICIOUS!


My cashew-crusted tilapia over a spicy spicy pineapple infused rice cake, stir-fried carrot ribbons, micro greens, and sesame plum graze:
I forked the fish, dipped it into the sauce and looooooved life. I was also fascinated by these "micro greens." It sounded pretty scientific but really I think it was just a few four-leaf clovers on top of sprouts. LUCKY me :) I then remembered there was a rice cake under all this prettiness. The rice cake was a square of sticky rice with bits of pineapple throughout. So tasty. Even my carrots were good!


Diana's pepper dusted yellow fin tuna, house-made gnocchi pasta salad, sun-dried tomato vinaigrette, red onion, vine ripe tomatoes, arugula, sweet peas, and a balsamic pomegranate reduction:
We were both surprised to find that the pasta was cold, but the sauces were SO good. I am a very saucy person, so the fact that this dish came with two made me happy...even though it wasn't even my dinner. We tried each others meals and were very impressed with both. If you're a single man out there and feel like taking me tonight I'd be glad to get these two dishes and share with you. Haha. I'm 50%  kidding.

PS  - To the Anonymous commenter on my last post: I had to laugh that you recognized me at Social since I was there for a whopping 3 minutes!! Love it! But whooooo are you??Reveal yourself, por favor! And next time come say hi -- I'm super friendly. :)


Hope everyone has a great Saturday! 
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28 comments:

  1. CUTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE dress! I can't wait to finally try this place. Josh would go crazy for that tuna. Hope the rest of your weekend is fantastic. Oww you have a lurker that loves you ;)

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  2. If I don't have a good experience the first time I visit a restaurant, I usually don't go back. It's good that you're more open-minded about places.

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  3. i think you should share the mustard seed love and send that up my way, please.
    i am all about that italian breaded eggplant, too - my eyes immediately went to that and the tilapia! cashew crusted?! too cool.

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  4. WHAT AN ADORABLE PINK DRESS <3

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  5. That tilapia looks delicious!! Microgreens looks like a bunch of "Asian vegetables" aka veggies that my mom cooked with : P

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  6. Those meals look positively gorgeous! *Almost* to pretty to eat!

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  7. All the food looks amazing!! I love how they have their specials on a chalk board :)

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  8. I wish I had this restaurant in my city!

    I love when the presentation of the food is so pretty like that!

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  9. I want to go to this restaurant! That yellow fin looks awesome. Cute dress too- I love the color!

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  10. I can barely read that menu board, but from the words I can gather, this place sounds insanely good. Seafood is probably my favorite thing to eat out, and the dishes sound so creative!! I never would have been able to choose just one!!

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  11. you are so freakin cute!! I LOVE THE MUSTARD SEED! I always get seafooood thur!

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  12. and yet I STILL have not worn those BR shoes....grrrrr! Also, I think I just fell in love with the words Cashew Crusted. YUM A MUM!

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  13. You are adorable...love that picture of you!!!

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  14. Mustard Seed is my absolute favorite, too!! We eat there AT LEAST once a week, but usually more :). And the sesame chicken meal is my 'regular meal!' If you ever make it back to the Summerville location and are craving the BEST salad in the whole wide world, order 'Erin's Sesame Chicken Salad-' just about every waiter/waitress/cook/manager will know what you're talking about! It's not on the menu- I created it about 2 years ago and have been eating it weekly (OK, more often than that usually!) every since. Bon Apetit!

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  15. yum your dinners sounded so so good!!! must find that place stat. in other news - im making black bean burgs on wednesday, and im subbing half chickpeas, half black. ill let you know how it turns out. GAG

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  16. Gah! I need to go there! And yet, every time there is a lunch date or dinner date looming I can never think of anywhere to eat. I know, I know...Lock my ass up and toss the key.

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  17. Two thumbs up for local gems! That place looks so cute and tasty too.

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  18. I LOVE Mustard Seed!!I havent been there in forever.I think last time I was there I had seared tuna on greens and ate too much of their bread(as usual):-)cc

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  19. That place looks amazing! Is it in Charleston? I'll be there in July for a bachelorette party... if it's there... I must find it! :)

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  20. wow the mustard seed must be amazing if you are professing your love to it over chickfila!! seems like great food too :)

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  21. I want to eat at this restaurant now! I would be eating there everyday! Holy Cow....that menu is awesome!

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  22. That tilapia sounds so delicious! I love the chalkboard, its such a cute effect!

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  23. Mustard Seed looks exactly like the kind of restaurant I would love! I am all about presentation and they did a beautiful job with your food. I wish we had one near us!

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  24. OH. MY. WOW. It looks like this was an incredible meal! I love that your micro greens were four-leaf clovers :)

    Your pink dress is adorable!

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  25. Goat cheese whipped grits? I now know heaven exists! And both look so delicious, I could totally chow on those....even if it is 8a!

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  26. YAY i made a blog post!! we should've stolen extra bread though lol. Let's have dates there more often :-) so delicious!

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  27. The lemon oregano chicken with feta relish is absolutely amazing! You should try it sometime...however, I get distracted by new good food every time I go there too! Mustard Seed is

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  28. ...(to finish that) one of my favorite Charleston restaurants!

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