Ame - any suggestions?
I am heading to Ame tomorrow for the first time. Are there any signature dishes? What are the must have dishes? Thanks!
The black cod and shrimp dumplings is the chef's signature dish and it is wonderful! When I was there we went for the tasting menu...too many things sounded good to decide! Enjoy
I second the black cod & also get the tempura "poke"...awesome! I had a beef dish there soon after it opened & it was good. This last time, only had a few items with drinks. Salad with burrata was just okay...kinda heavy for a salad.
Thanks for all the help with your suggestions! My friend and I met up for dinner before checking out Avenue Q. We had planned to do the 5 course tasting menu, but given some of the course items, we opted to order off the menu. I had thought that the tasting menu would work like Fleur de Lys or Gary Danko where you choose from the menu. However, it sounds like they create a special tasting menu every night...
I started with the Tataki of hamachi - beautifully presented and tasty, but nothing special. I am a sucker for hamachi, I should have followed the advice here and tried the staff meal. Then I ordered the sear urchin and lobster in dashi. This was absolutely fantastic. I am now an uni fan - the flavors were amazing! Also, I succumbed to the bread - does anyone know who supplies their bread? I forgot to ask. The crusty outside and fluffy inside was absolutely addictive. I had to restrain from taking more bread.
For the entree, I had their pork special for the evening. The chef just got in a whole pig and created a special entree - pork four ways. Some items were a winner, others were not ready for prime-time:
1. Corn chowder with a piece of pork belly: the chowder was pretty watery, I did like the fresh corn in their though. I wish the piece of pork belly had been crisped and put on the side rather than at the bottom of the cup and soggy. This was not a winner.
2. Pork tortellini served with a variety of beans: this was delicious - perfect texture and pork flavor and the beans enhanced the dish. Very tasty and could have had a full plate of this.
3. Chopped pork spiced and grilled into a "patty" with grapes: I can't remember what this was officially named - however it was delicious. The sweetness of the grapes really enhanced the flavor of the pork. Although my "name" does not do it justice, I felt that the dish was unique, flavorful, and memorable.
4. Slice of "sausage": again forgot the name. This was a disappointment. It tasted like salty piece of meat on a bed of greens.
My friend ordered the ragout of rabbit - this was absolutely delicious. It was served with a tasty polenta cake - this dish alone made me want to come back. If you enjoy rabbit, I highly recommend this dish.
We shared the almond stone fruit tart with ice cream. This was a hit - the hint of almond worked and the ice-cream was light and a nice counterbalance to the rich crust of the tart.
Overall - I found the service to be terrific. The food was good, but not great. I wish I had taken more of the board's advice on my entree. I will definitely try the cod next time.
Thanks again for the help!