What you're drinking: Takara plum wine served in a wine glass on the rocks with a shot of Ozeki sake, which you can pour into your wine all at once or little by little. This isn't an official drink on the Mustard Seed's menu, but bartender/bar manager Dan McKittrick assures us it's an easy order to fill for a mere $5.75.
How it tastes: The plum wine is super-sweet, but it's an aperitif so it's light and crisp. The sake diffuses the perfume of the wine and adds an edge that seems appropriate for the Asian fare and makes you feel a little more hardcore.
Ambience: The Mustard Seed is the kind of dining cafe where no-fuss Missoulians go on nice dates or for birthday dinners and desserts. You can stop in for a casual lunch at the bar after heading to your favorite stores—or before, if you're into shopping a little buzzed. Voices carry in the high-ceilinged restaurant, so it's noisy in a fun, bustling way. The aroma of teriyaki beef sizzling in woks is a nice touch even if you're just having a plum wine.
Happy hour: Plum wine and sake are not part of the 4–6 p.m. daily happy hour. During that time, you can get $2.50 pints and well drinks, and $3 house wines. But if you're set on the plum wine and sake, you can order happy hour appetizers such as the California roll or Asian glazed ribs. Our recommendation: the spicy green beans, which go well with the plum wine's sweetness.
How to find it: At the south end of Southgate Mall, 2901 Brooks Street, near JCPenney.
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