Photo by Dan Carlson
Mosaic Restaurant invited hungry Richmonders to sample its international fusion cuisine in 1997 and has now jumped on the street-food bandwagon.
Their cart's menu is a short list of options including smoked Gouda and pimento grilled cheese sandwiches and quesadillas that average around $7.
The servers recommended the falafel on pita topped with a garlic aïoli. The lightly fried chickpea patties were warm inside the grilled pita and tinged green from fresh herbs. The edges were slightly crisp, and the texture of the patties was pleasantly dense without being dry. Subtle flavors of dill intermingling with sage and oregano were complemented by the creamy richness of the garlic sauce. A bed of vibrant salad greens, slivers of cucumber and sliced cherry tomatoes finished off the generous portion.
The servers aboard the cart were friendly, prompt and aware presentation. As I was collecting my meal, another customer saw what I had ordered and decided to try the same thing after seeing the cart attendants put the dish together.
The Mosaic cart visits Richmond CenterStage a few days a week and attends other food-truck courts and special events. Updates on where and when the cart can be found are available on Facebook under Mosaic Restaurant — Richmond .