Order Up: Mustard Seed Bistro

John Linn
One of Mustard Seed's signature dishes is the roasted duck with cherry gastrique.
On deck this week: our review of Mustard Seed Bistro, a quaint French-inspired eatery in Cooper City. It's the product of Tim and Lara Boyd, a pair of restaurateurs now in their second location since selling Plantation's Upper Crust Cafe in 2004. Like their last effort, Milk and Honey, the Mustard Seed makes use of timeless bistro dishes like tuna Nicoise and French onion soup, each plating with an extra helping of charm. The spot has quickly become a favorite of the society luncheon set, who pack in to sample Tim's deft cooking and chat with their host, Lara. But the Mustard Seed is not without flaws -- inconsistencies in food and service are slight dings in its otherwise shiny veneer, but more importantly, dinner prices veer towards down-payment territory in some cases. Still, there's a lot to be said for this little bistro. Read more when the full review debuts tomorrow in dish. In the mean time, check out a few photos from our recent visit.

John Linn
The Boyds have done a nice job with the decor, enough to make you forget the pedestrian strip-mall exterior.

John Linn
Perennial favorite French onion soup is heavy on the sherry and deeply caramelized onions.

John Linn
Prosciutto and pear flatbread (née pizza) is a classic pairing done right.
John Linn
Chopped salad with cucumber, apple, blue cheese, and crab cake is lightly dressed.
John Linn
A tasty but tiny portion of bison tenderloin clocks in at over $30.
John Linn
You won't find risotto better prepared than the Mustard Seed's tomato and portobello version, though it could use some zip.

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