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I'll preface this review by saying that my wife and I really enjoy tapas, and enjoy other local tapas bars Modesto and Barcelona. After hearing good things from our friends and co-workers, my wife and I spent a lovely evening out and dined at Mosaic. The location downtown on Washington Ave. is in the heart of everything, very close to the Renaissance Grand and the City Museum. They describe themselves as 'modern fusion', which I'd more specifically describe as tapas style dining: small servings of familiar dishes, but they stand out from the crowd by serving their dishes with a twist. I started with the lobster bisque, which (pleasantly) surprised me as it was a delicious bisque with a decent amount of lobster that had mushrooms and a lemongrass accent. I loved it, but a standard/traditional bisque it was not. As with any tapas, you'll want to order several dishes to share, and since I'm a seafood lover I ordered the maple-sherry glazed scallops (delicious) and butter poached lobster (I'd eat it every meal if I could afford to), and my wife ordered the beef tenderloin (tender and flavorful) and the spiced new zealand lamb (lamb was delicious, but I'm not much for the root vegetables served alongside). Our server was friendly and service was good. The atmosphere was lively and the decor was modern and upscale. If you're expecting traditional preparation and large portioned single dishes, look elsewhere, but if you enjoy social dining and tasty tapas, you should definitely give Mosaic a shot. Oh yeah... we finished with the dulce de leche (wow) and after dinner drinks... a great ending to a delicious meal. We do plan on returning.
I looked up Booster's Cafe after reading about it in St Louis Magazine. As I entered the door I felt like I was back in 1985 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Why? The owner/managers first opened an American style restaurant there where one could get a real hamburger and fries, pancakes and other food that reminded an American of home. I was elated to find them in St Louis after so many years and the food lived up to my expectations. Gone are the hamburgers and in their place is a breakfast that is out of this world as well as sandwiches, soups and other delights. The carrot-ginger soup was smooth and tangy, although I would have liked a stronger ginger taste, it was devine. I am going back today and taking some of my family because this is a place that deserves lots of business for what it meant to so many Americans abroad and the delightful food they have brought St. Louis! Check it out!
The food at Guo Bin is quite delicious, however, the service isn't exactly customer focused. On my last visit, the owner submitted their daily batch of credit card sales before all customers were finished. When it was time to pay our bill we were told we would have to wait 20 minutes to pay by credit or we could pay by cash. With $1 short of cash in our pockets, we were told to go to an ATM or wait the 20 minutes. Why didn't they ask us to pay early? Or, why didn't they wait until all diner's were finished with their dining experience before they submitted their batch? That wasn't made clear to us either and we never received an apology for our inconvenience. Late night diner's beware: although they close at 10:30 on a Saturday night, their credit system closes at 10:15 and bring cash or you'll find yourself driving to an ATM to find some.