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Amada and Modo Mio Dinner Suggestions

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dfishhead Feb 26, 2009 06:10 AM

Having dinner with 3 others tomorrow night at Amada and Saturday night at Modo Mio and looking for suggestions. What are some can't miss options at Amada? Is the price fixe the way to go at Modo Mio and what are some suggestions there as well. We like to eat and try virtually anything. Thanks for help.

  1. rabidog Feb 26, 2009 06:22 AM

    yes absolutely go with the turistas menu at modo mio! it's a steal. as far as recs go, the menu changes quite often, but there is usually a cheese-filled ravioli with some combination of butter, herb and nut atop which usually steals the show. i always get this and people can't keep their forks off my plate.

    1. Sapphireblue Feb 26, 2009 07:11 AM

      My very very favorite thing at Amada is the gratis flatbread and tuna spread they bring out at the beginning. If I could order large quantities of just that, I would.

      The mixto cheese and meat plates are a lovely way to sample an even greater number of different tastes than you normally do at tapas. They are indecision-friendly, is what I'm saying. We never miss, in particular, the cheese mixto. My husband practically bursts into song upon putting some of the aragones cheese with honey and raisins into his mouth---I'm anti-raisin so my own opinion here is moot.

      I am not a big fan of the preparation of their garlic shrimp, and the chicken brochettes get boring in my mouth after a while. Those are the only two things I would actively avoid at Amada, personally. I always leave there with a happy belly. Although, going on a Friday night, you may come out with a little bit of mall-head, due to rather crowded tables at which are seated rather loud patrons.

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        LPhila Feb 26, 2009 12:06 PM

        I second the mixto suggestion for Amada. We always get the meat mixto and I can't get enough of the paprika chorizo (I think that's what it is?). Also like the lamb chops a la plancha, and the clams and chorizo are amazing. I have been uninspired by the oysters there - usually overdressed with mignonette. Oh, also, good soups... not the best to share but delicious.

        Have fun!

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          JanR Feb 26, 2009 04:45 PM

          Agree with Rabidog. Definitely go with the turista menu at Modo Mio. And the menu does change frequently. I was there last week and had the lasagna bolognese (with an egg on top). Delicious! Also loved the rockfish. Sometimes there is a lasagna with bechamel sauce which is also very good. Honestly, no matter what you order you can't go wrong there.

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            Philly Ray Feb 26, 2009 06:16 PM

            It's a shame you didn't post earlier about Amada. I would have recommended that you pre order the roast suckling pig. It's for a minimum of 4 people and it was one of the greatest dining experiences of my life. And at $32/person an absolute steal.

            But anyway, some of my other faves at Amada include...

            Pernil Asado
            Spanish Octopus
            Ensalada de Jamon
            Costillas de Ternera (Beef shortrib flatbread)
            Pernil Asado (I know I mentioned it already, but it's my absolute favorite dish there. This will give you an idea of what the pig is like)

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              JNUNZMAN Mar 2, 2009 06:47 AM

              I second the pig................had it last week and it was incredible.......the best pork that I've ever had. Pick up someone off the street to get a fourth person if you have to ...it's that worth it.

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                Bob Loblaw Mar 2, 2009 10:51 AM

                how's this work then? suckling pig for 4, is that your whole dinner then?

                it sounds good, but one of the things i like about amada is the variety of dishes you can get. (Yes, i know, this isn't some great revelation).

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                  Philly Ray Mar 2, 2009 02:27 PM

                  The pig is listed in the bottom left hand corner of the attached menu. Along with the pig, you get sides of grilled green onions, roasted fingerling potatoes, chick peas with spinach, and rosemary white beans. Again, for $32 per person, an absolute steal.

                  When four of us were there, we each ordered a tapa (that we all shared) to start, then we had the pig and the sides, then we also managed to fit in dessert too. And...we took home a lot of pig and the remainder of the sides we did not finish. To reheat it, I put it in a foil envelope and stuck it in the oven on low heat. Came out pretty good for leftovers.

                  Yes, it was WAY too much food, but I would do it again in a cholesterol clogged heartbeat

                  http://grg-mgmt.com/amadarestaurant.c...

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              dfishhead Mar 4, 2009 05:47 AM

              Everyone, thanks for all your help. We had an amazing meal and time at Amada. Unfortunately, we canceled our reservation at Modo Mio, it was just too late at night, but we will definitely try it the next time we are in Philly. I put together a menu from the suggestions all of you gave for choices at Amada. Our waiter, Pete, said that the list you guys gave was simply a selection of his favorites from the menu. So thanks everyone for being spot on! Pete was a great server, taking the time to explain everything and recommend excellent drink choices as well. This was one of the best dining experiences we have had in a long time. Thanks again everyone!

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