Roasted Suckling Pig at Amada or...Culinary Nirvana Achieved
I have been waiting for years to try this roasted pig. What took so long? I could never find 2 other people to join us. And since the pig is for a minimum of 4 people I had to wait, and wait, and wait.
Well, the wait ended last night when we managed to convince my sister-in-law to co-celebrate her birthday and mine at Amada and all I can say is that it was possibly the best dining experience I've had in Philadelphia (maybe anywhere!).
When we arrived for our reservation, the maitre'd seemed totally thrilled for us that we had ordered the pig (It has to be ordered in advance with the reservation secured by a credit card). He told us that our pig had been slow roasting all day. We were then seated and our server also seemed genuinely happy for us as well.
We ordered a pitcher of sangria and few tapas to start things off. Our dining companions had never been to Amada, so we ordered some of our favorites (grilled octopus, shortrib flatbread, clams and chorizo). Then we tried some new things (enslada de jamon and crab stuffed peppers). As usual, everything was wonderful.
Then...the main event.
First, the side dishes were brought out. Bowls of chick peas with spinach in a red sauce, grilled green onions, roasted fingerling potatoes, and white beans with rosemary were placed on the table.
Then, a large marble topped table was rolled out next to our table. The pig was then carried out and placed on top. The chef followed and proceeded to carve it down and add some last second seasoning (my wife saw him dust it with salt and pepper). The meat (and crackly skin!) was placed on a serving dish and the chef served each of us.
OH MY GOD.
Without a doubt, the best pork I have ever eaten (and everyone at the table concurred). The skin was crispy and crackly, yet still managed to melt on your tongue like a Communion wafer. The sides were wonderful as well.
The pig was rolled back into the kitchen and the rest of the meat was brought to our table piled high on a plate. To me it looked like a Pyramid of Pork, and I was ready to kneel at that altar. Although, a woman seated at an adjacent table looked totally horrified at the sight of it (maybe she was a vegetarian).
As for the price, we found this to be an incredible bargain at only $32/person (that was for the pig and the side dishes). After adding in all of the tapas, the pitcher of sangria, and dessert (yes, we managed to squeeze it in) the bill came to $250, before tip.
Thanks so much for your review. Inspired, we made reservations and Amada did not disappoint! (We had been there just for tapas before.) Tender and succulent, crispy and flavorful. The pig was everything previous reviews (here & elsewhere) had promised and more. I was afraid it wouldn't live up to the hype but the balance of the sides with "the pig" was perfect. *And* we each chose wines that we preferred by the glass.