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How is Amada in Philadelphia?

samiam123 Nov 4, 2007 05:48 PM

I am from NYC and I am taking my mom here for her birthday. Wanted to know how Philly chowhounders thoughts on Amada-thanks!

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    Buckethead Nov 4, 2007 06:15 PM

    It's great, you'll enjoy it mightily. If you're going on Wednesday or Friday, they have flamenco dancing.

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      BasiaG Nov 5, 2007 07:44 AM

      I tried last week to get a reservation at Amada for 12/1....best I can get is 9;45 pm!! Is it really worth it....or does anyone have any recommendations for similar tapas. Thanks!

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        Buckethead Nov 5, 2007 08:15 AM

        Two other good places include Bar Ferdinand and Tinto, though the latter is probably a harder reservation to get than Amada. Ansill is also a small plates place and is excellent, but not Spanish.

      2. ultraclay Nov 5, 2007 08:10 AM

        I'm also from NYC - I try to go to Amada every time I'm in Philly.
        The last time I went was in January, here's some of what I wrote about it at the time:

        "Lomo Iberico was the charcuterie special . It's the cured loin from Pata Negra, acorn fed pork. It came sliced paper thin and slick with its own juice (read: fat). The meat wasn't excessively fatty or greasy, there was just enough to add texture and flavor to the meat. I've never heard of cured loin, I'll have to look for it in the future. The Lomo came with slices of bread. I dont know why. It would have been an affront to that gloriously tasty, acorn-fed pig that gave its life that I might sup on its loin.

        Clams and Chorizo served in an oniony, herby broth with a rich clam flavor. After I finished it, I soaked up the broth with the bread that came with the lomo. "

        We also had a fantastic order of Pernil, tasty baby squid and so-so lamb meatballs served in a great sauce.

        The full post is here:


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          fanofood Nov 5, 2007 08:15 AM

          Amada is great! You should definitely check it out.......Only one problem, too difficult a decision on what to order. Everything seems so tempting. Great way to dine is to get the chef's tasting menu. Enjoy!

          1. rabidog Nov 5, 2007 08:48 AM

            amada's good, as is bar ferdinand (and unlike amada, you won't need a reservation at BF). however neither compare to jaleo in DC, for me personally - but that's for my own reasons. jaleo had a huge vegetarian menu - whereas amada and bar ferdinand both really lack in choices.

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              brightman Nov 5, 2007 02:20 PM

              Jaleo in DC is completely irrelevant to the discussion - Amada is consistently excellent, and provides very good value for your $. Their pernil is the best I have tasted. The clams and chorizo is also very good - I went crazy for the broth. I would love to get a group of 6 together for the whole roast pig. Take the 9:45 reservation, basiaG, you won't regret it

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              DaisyM Nov 5, 2007 03:41 PM

              I think Amada is wonderful and actually like it better then Tinto. Hope you can get a reservation.

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                amycakes Nov 6, 2007 01:27 AM

                I'm going to have to be the odd man out here and say that I think Amada is overrated. I've been twice and haven't been impressed either time. The first time was for restaurant week and I was pleased with how much food we got for the price and absolutely thrilled with the flamenco show (it was a Wednesday night). The second time I had the chef's tasting menu which wasn't a bad deal for the amount of food - we didn't come close to finishing. But I was underwhelmed by the food. I really preferred Bar Ferdinand (haven't tried Ansill or Tinto yet). Just sayin. I would only consider going back to try the whole roast pig.

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                  clairvaux Nov 7, 2007 12:51 PM

                  I've only been to Amada about four times. My experiences on the whole have been very good, though not entirely consistent. Some of this is probably attributable to poor selection on my part. I think that judging the merits of the place on restaurant week and the chef's tasting selections is probably not the best strategy. The most memorable of all the plates was a blue-cheese icecream with fig compote--simply all of my favorite things wrapped up into one.

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                  productionjon Nov 7, 2007 04:28 PM

                  Amada is very good. You can sometimes walk in and get a table in the bar without a wait.

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                    Major504 Nov 8, 2007 07:54 AM

                    The place is great.....orderr the short rib pizza (certainly not what the menu calls it, but they'll know)

                  2. Rondo Nov 8, 2007 03:50 PM

                    Been there twice. Excellent both times. Better than anything I had in Spain.

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