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Anyone tried Amarelle (Wading River)?

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KitchenMaid Jan 13, 2010 11:54 AM

I'm going this weekend because I've heard good things from friends, but there has not been much reported on Chowhound since it's opened...
Any must have dishes?
Thanks in advance!

  1. coll Jan 13, 2010 11:33 PM

    All my neighbors raved about it, but my plans to go last month fell through and now I'm planning to go on my anniversary in April. So let us know, I'm looking forward to it myself. Hey, someone has to be first ;-)

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      emarcus Jan 14, 2010 04:51 AM

      http://www.exploreli.com/restaurants/...

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        jaylowe Jan 14, 2010 07:51 AM

        I went about 6 months ago while I was home visiting family. Over all it was a very positive dining experience. The service, room and food were all well above average. I had some excellent oysters, the duck was well cooked and lobster pot pie and Mac and cheese were big hits around the table. My only complaint, and we are nit picking at this point, was that the food tended to be on the rich side which isnt my personal preference. I will be back next time I am in the area for sure and certainly recommend anyone check it out.

        1. re: emarcus
          coll Jan 14, 2010 07:54 AM

          My neighbors specifically mentioned the duck, although they said the portions were smallish. But maybe they ordered the small size dish (I love that you can get small or large).

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            jaylowe Jan 15, 2010 11:10 AM

            I didn't notice anything wrong with the portions on my visit. Four of us went and we each got two small plates and shared some oysters. The two small plates amounted to what would probably be considered a large entree. I am a big eater and left feeling satisfied although a part of that certainly had to do with the richness of some of the dishes.

            1. re: jaylowe
              coll Jan 15, 2010 11:20 AM

              That's good news, hope my husband feels the same (I'm sure he'll get the big portions anyway).

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                k
                KitchenMaid Jan 17, 2010 01:12 PM

                Oh boy...
                I went to Amarelle last night with my husband, and while there were positives about the food, overall it was a terrible experience!

                First of all, their menu had changed from what they posted online. Not a huge deal for most, but my husband is a picky eater to the point of having a social phobia of new foods, so take away his one option on the menu and we are in a pickle. It's almost false advertisement, and the reason I brought him and not someone else was because of that one dish!

                Secondly, we arrived on time and were told we had to wait 5 minutes for our table. Happens all the time. But does it happen when your empty table is just sitting there all made up (in addition to other empty tables)? We were honestly perplexed when over 5 minutes later, we were brought to the table we had been looking at the entire time. Not a well-oiled machine.

                The dining room itself is beautiful, with a lovely fireplace in the center of the room. Our waiter took our orders, and treated us quite coldly...a little note that the vast majority of people in the restaurant were very noticeably older than us. My husband and I are not spring chickens (~30), and it has been a LONG time since I've been treated with less than respect because of my age. Our waiter clearly wrote us off as a light fare, and ignored us most of the night. The nicest part of the evening was the other waitress who served us delicious bread, and who spent more time with us than our own waiter!

                Nonetheless, the mushroom ragout I ordered as a started arrived and was quite delicious--rich, buttery mushrooms in a cognac cream with thyme and a puff pastry shell.

                Our main courses arrived (a small order of the duck for me and a small order of the Kobe beef for my husband) and I was pleasantly surprised. The duck was moist and flavorful in a cherry sauce with bok choy and a butternut squash flan. My husband on the other hand did not fare so well. The one thing he requested was no pecan butter with the steak. That was ignored, unfortunately and could have been disastrous had he actually had a nut allergy, and not just particular tastes. The steak itself was very cold, as if it had been cooked half an hour before. Just as he was telling me this, at the table next to us, a woman was complaining to the waiter that her pasta dish with lobster was terrible, with the noodles being ice cold and the lobster chewy, as if the whole thing had been microwaved. She even requested the chef come over to speak to her (which she did)!

                Not once did anyone come over to us to ask how our meal was, and our waiter disappeared for a full 20 minutes after we had finished our main course. He had even walked near our table at one point, looked right at our empty plates, and simply walked away. I would have liked to have seen a dessert menu but since we were left neglected, we finally had to ask the hostess for our check about half an hour after we were done eating.

                I thought the food had real potential. However, for a restaurant in Wading River to be charging those prices, the service and the front of the house have to deliver. The kobe beef was $26 for the small portion and $49 for the large portion! I am happy to spend good money for a wonderful restaurant experience. But that was just not worth it and I will not go back.

                1. re: KitchenMaid
                  coll Jan 17, 2010 01:15 PM

                  Thanks for the review, my husband is picky too so I would think twice before taking him there on our anniversary and ruining the night (like a few years ago at Jedediah Hawkins). Oh well.

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                    jaylowe Jan 19, 2010 11:59 AM

                    wow...that is almost the exact opposite of the experience I had on my visit. I'm very sorry you didn't enjoy yourself. I'll have to check in with my family in the area to see if they have noticed a decline.

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                      coll Jan 19, 2010 12:05 PM

                      I'm talking about when Tom was still there....but talk about a decline, they went all the way down and out of business. However they are reopening in March with another new chef, so here we go again. They'll get it right someday, it's such a pretty place.
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/680556

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