FOODIE DIARIES - Mojo
As culture lovers, we truly appreciate fine culinary, artistic, and musical experiences. After our latest foodie adventure at Mojo, we’re thrilled to report we hit the trifecta of great food, art, and music, all under one roof!
From the moment we walked through the doors, we couldn’t help notice all the terrif artwork decorating the walls, HUGE canvases splashed with vibrant colors, quite artistically. We immediately inquired about the art, and were told that not only is one of the owners, Domenick Falcione, the Chef, he is also the artist. His masterpieces adorned both dining rooms with his gorgeous abstract art (which is available for sale), giving the restaurant an artsy vibe. The décor had an almost Country Fresh feel to it, with a dash of pizzazz. We visited on a Thursday night and were happy to discover that Mojo has live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The flair of acoustic guitarist, Michael Bianco, really added to the atmosphere, and had us wanting to get up and dance (which we actually did at the end of the evening)!
Falcione, along with partner Anthony DeMaio, first opened Mojo in Margate, New Jersey in 1999. They sold the property in 2006 when they relocated to Fort Lauderdale, and decided to re-create this food, drink, art and entertainment combo for South Floridians. We’re so glad they did, as it is right up our alley. Every dish was presented in huge, stark white plates, almost like canvases containing works of art, except these portions are very generous, not splashes of color.
Side Dish: With South Florida’s significant Latin flavor, you may be tempted to pronounce Mojo as Mo-Ho, but it’s actually pronounced Moe-Joe, which in this case, means a definite touch of magic!
Chunks of fresh salmon with, ginger, jalapeno and cucumber, in a Sriracha and Ponzu sauce.
Although this is a special, it appears on the menu frequently, and we lucked out it was being offered when we visited! The ginger flavor was explosive and really made this dish pop. The flavors were a perfect marriage of spicy and savory. This was so good that if it was the only thing we ate, we would have been very satisfied. The portion is generous and the presentation beautiful, served in a Martini glass with homemade chips. But alas, it was time to move on to the next discovery.
This combo of artichoke hearts, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, garlic butter, and white wine, is such an inventive way of serving escargot. Normally, escargot is served drowning in butter, making it difficult to taste much else. This dish incorporated flavors and textures that really elevated an old classic.
Roasted Beet Salad
OMG! Imagine chunks of roasted beets, candied walnuts, blue cheese, slivers of red onions, served on a bed of arugula. The texture of the beets was silky, yet crunchy, and extremely flavorful. On a diet? No worries. It’s really healthy, too. The balance of taste was superb and a testament to Chef Domenick’s skills.
Wow! This baby’s pan-seared, with brandied fig sauce, and served with reggiano Parmigiano and rosemary spiked risotto, and sautéed French beans. So many layers of flavors going on here, this dish is a definite must when you visit.
10oz Pork Chop
Several years ago, we were traveling the south, foodies searching for an elevated Southern cuisine experience. Most of the places we encountered served greasy and unadventurous dishes. Mojo’s pork chop, on the other hand, was exactly the Southern delicacy we’ve been searching for! The chop is rubbed in an adobo-coffee spice, served with a Dijon-maple sauce, and topped with brown sugar grilled peaches and red onion marmalade. The quintessential Southern sides of rustic mash and collard greens completed the dish. The chop was extremely succulent and dripping with flavor, and the accompanying collard greens gave it that special homemade feel, except that mama never made anything that tasted this good. Yum!
Apple Ricotta Pound Cake
Yep. That inevitable time came again where we were stuffed to the gills, but couldn’t resist capping things off with dessert. Sautéed in butter, salted caramel and vanilla gelato, this sinful treat (made in-house) had us bursting at the seams with decadent delight. So good!
OUR FINAL MOUTHFUL
Our visit to Mojo was not just a dinner. It was an experience for the eyes, ears, and taste buds and we can’t wait to return! We even made some new friends with the diners at the next table. Although the restaurant is closed on Sundays, there’s something special going on every other day of the week, including “Muscle Mondays” (featuring discounts on Mussels and Margaritas), “Tini Tuesdays” (Special prices on Svedka Martinis), “Hump Days Wednesdays” (Happy Hour all night), “Uncorked Thursdays” (great discounts on bottles), and the acoustic guitar stylings of Michael Bianco on Fridays and Saturdays. Get your Mojo on and visit Mojo, ASAP!