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What to order at Amada?

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ms020 Mar 26, 2007 07:26 AM

My girlfriend and I just made reservations to Amada, so I was just looking for some recommendations on what to get when we go. Any gems? Personal favorites?

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    kmcdonne RE: ms020 Mar 26, 2007 08:38 AM

    The couple of times that we went we had the 'chef's selection' can't remember what it is called there but it was excellent every time. I would recommend it.

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      Schpsychman RE: kmcdonne Mar 26, 2007 12:40 PM

      I have never really had anything bad there so I think it would be difficult to do so but, that being said, we love the stuffed lambchops and filet with foie gras for larger plates and the crab stuffed red peppers as a small dish. Can't remember the rest but it is ALL good. Order a nice bottle of ribero del duero and take it all in!

    2. Adrienne RE: ms020 Mar 26, 2007 02:53 PM

      Shortrib flatbread.

      Trust me.

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        missclaudy RE: Adrienne Mar 26, 2007 05:12 PM

        I couldn't agree more!

      2. Chinon00 RE: ms020 Mar 27, 2007 01:47 AM

        I've really enjoyed the Fish croquettes and octopus w/ chorizo. Note: Found the paella and the sangria a little disappointing.

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          jcmods RE: Chinon00 May 9, 2007 07:44 AM

          I found the red sangria very disappointing because it contained cinnamon which totally clashes with spanish food. My other quibble was that the Gambas al ajillo did not come with very much bread. It was like four tiny toast-points that did not really allow you to soak up the sauce.

          However, I would order the Tortilla Espanol. The best one I have had outside of spain. Pretty much everything is good. Cabrales, Serrano, Boquerones, Pulpo etc.

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            rabidog RE: jcmods May 9, 2007 06:55 PM

            the tortilla is very good.

            i'd also make sure, if they've added the gazpacho back for a summer menu, to get approximately four helpings. it's that good. if you go in a group, they serve it in shot glasses with a toothpicked fried cheese ball over top. it was wonderful and we did order another.

            have not been there myself since november which reminds me i need to make my way back!!

            oh, and agreed about the sangria comments. i do not like the sweetness or cinnamon. there was a wonderful crisp white wine whose name fails me, but paired soooooooo perfectly with the dishes last summer.

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              spinach RE: jcmods May 9, 2007 08:56 PM

              all one has to do is ask for more bread if you want it. they won't say no.

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            ms020 RE: ms020 Mar 27, 2007 01:18 PM

            Thanks for the suggestions! I'm not sure what I'm going to get yet, but I'll keep all of this in mind when I do go.

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              erivegui RE: ms020 May 8, 2007 06:53 PM

              Are u talking about Amada in Philadelphia? If so, you should try the assorted tapas that the waiter give you for $50, there is also an excellent pumpkin soup, and a delicious paella. Enjoy.

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                shoeman RE: ms020 May 10, 2007 11:06 AM

                I would order a cab and go some where else. The spot is awesome so I can see the attraction. But the food is over salted and average. I also do not get the eat-it-when-it-comes-out thing. The meals have no flow or order to them.

                In spain tapas is causal. Grab a plate or two or three a glass of house wine and find a set by the window. Amada has turned that into a more formal more expensive and frustrating experience.

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                  jcmods RE: shoeman May 10, 2007 12:11 PM

                  I agree it is expensive (which is THEE reason I am not eating there all the time). But most of the food is good. Therefore, if the poster does not care about spending $90-$100 on like 5 or 6 small plates and sangria/wine then it is worth going. I don't think Philly will ever get the Spanish ambiance/portions/price right.

                  By that I mean, Spanish portions are larger and less expensive and like you said, it is not a fine dining thing.

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