By: Andrew Silverstein

When it comes to an eclectic variety of cuisine from around the world all in one restaurant in Sarasota, MoZaic is a great bet.  Head to this upscale restaurant and enjoy a menu rife with French, Mediterranean, and American culinary influences blending to create mosaics of flavor.

MoZaic takes a conscious approach when it comes to ingredients by utilizing fruits and vegetables from local farms and seafood from the surrounding water.  Their self-described cuisine has been deemed "adventurous yet familiar, innovative yet disciplined, expressive yet intelligent".

Behind it all is head chef, Dylan Elhajoui who manages to take culinary influence from Morocco where he once lived and mix them with other elements to create unique, pleasurable cuisine perfect for both traditionalist and adventurous eaters.

Head out for a taste pleasing dinner experience and enjoy MoZaic's wide variety of appetizers, entrees, deserts, and wine.  Appetizer highlights include Prince Edward’s Island Mussels á la basquaise in a sweet corn lobster broth, wild mushroom ravioli in a light porcini cream with parmesan, asparagus and roasted tomatoes, and Herbs de Provence grilled quail and apple wood smoked pancetta with gnocchi & bayleaf jus.

Entrees shine with a wide variety of meats, flavors, and textures.  Some of these include duck leg confit in Moroccan Cardamom-orange stewed quince with butternut squash ravioli; coffee/cocoa spiced black Angus New York strip steak; and pan-seared diver scallops over confit aubergine with mango verjus vinaigrette.

MoZaic is now open for brunch on Sundays as well.  Head in anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to enjoy their unique take on brunch with menu items like walnut and Fall spice caramelized French toast with sautéed bananas and maple Chantilly cream; blue crab and avocado poached egg benedict with truffle-scented hollandaise over croissant; or Apple and raisin pork tenderloin Wellington with asparagus and bay leaf jus.

If you're looking for dining that strays a bit from the norm, but still knows how to cook up a hearty, delectable meal, Mozaic in Downtown Sarasota is the place to be.