I'm going there tomorrow night w/ my hubby & I'm really looking foward to it! We were supposed to eat at a Steven Starr restaurant so we could use our gift certifs, but Buddakahn is closed for renovations, I've been to Tangerine a few times before, Striped Bass got mixed reviews, been to Alama before, and Morimoto only had a 5:15. So we're saving the Steven Starr certifs until we can get a better restaurant at a better time.
Anyway, onto Amada! What is the best thing on the menu there? The MUST HAVE that I have to order???
When my wife and I ate the Pernil Asado, we looked at each other and said, "This might be the best pork we've ever tasted." And believe me, we've eaten a lot of pork.
A few weeks after that, Craig LaBan reviewed Amada and this was his opinion...
"But I can't wait to round up a group of four to devour one of Garces' special-order suckling pigs, especially if the smaller pernil asado dish was any preview. This pork shank - brined and slow-stewed in molten lard, then served over white beans with rosemary beneath Seville oranges - was one of the best slices of pig I've ever eaten, the meltingly tender meat rimmed by a schmear of fat and a cracker-crisp ribbon of skin."
Trust me (and Craig)...order the Pernil Asado.
We didn't have a single bad dish, but the most memorable ones were the Lamb meatballs, the octopus, and the garlic shrimp. You have a great, great meal ahead of you.