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Dinner at AMA last night

sockster Feb 18, 2011 06:56 AM

We haven't been to AMA in quite a while, and decided to return last night. Ordered a chef's tasting menu which went something like this:

Bread: Best bread anywhere served with great Olive Oil.

Burrata Chese with Tomato and Basil: The Burrata was creamy and the tomatos almost summerlike. An excellent starter.

Creamy Polenta with baby octopus and red sauce: This dish was incredible. The polenta had so much taste, and was incredibly creamy. Blending with with the soft baby octopus, and chefs homemade sauce, made this dish one of our two favorites of the night.

Orecchiette with broccli rabe and baby tomatos: This dish screamed with flavor: Cooked perfectly al dente, we loved every bite.

Florentine Steak: Cooked to perfection, this steak was sliced and served with a chopped gorgonzola salad. I had been dieing for a steak and this one blew me away. What a great dish.

Dessert: Dolce de Leche gelato and Black Cherry Sorbet. Great way to end a great meal/

In conclusion, it seems that Ama is getting better with age. The service is now graceful and smooth. They are a BYOB which to us is a huge plus, and they have great wine glasses.

This was one of the best meals we've had in a long while, anywhere!!

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    tom246 RE: sockster Feb 18, 2011 08:44 AM

    Been to Ama twice. First time very good, second time not so good.
    We would be willing to try again, especially with a tasting menu which can show off a chefs talents.

    Sockster, did not see a tasting menu offered on the website. Can you tell us what they offer in regards to courses and prices.
    Thanks in advance

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    1. re: tom246
      sockster RE: tom246 Feb 18, 2011 02:21 PM

      When you make your reservation, you can request a chef's tasting menu. It's usually four to six courses, and has included, antipasto, salad, pasta, fish, meat, and dessert courses. Last night was a five course meal, and we couldn't eat another bite. I'm sure if when you request a tasting menu, and you ask for let's say an all pasta dinner (a la Babbo), they would more than accomodate you. If you don't like something, let them know. For us, whatever Chef makes that night is always ok. Depending on the night's ingredients, the menus usually run around $55-$65 per person. And remember, BYOB. Chef uses only fresh ingredients, so the special menu is different every time we've had it.

    2. Curlz RE: sockster Feb 18, 2011 01:59 PM

      Where is this place?!? No links or a town listed...

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      1. re: Curlz
        sockster RE: Curlz Feb 18, 2011 02:22 PM

        Here you go: http://amaristorante.com/

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          Curlz RE: sockster Feb 18, 2011 04:53 PM

          Thanks. For others who are wondering, it's in Atlantic Highlands.

        2. re: Curlz
          Tay RE: Curlz Feb 18, 2011 02:24 PM

          Ahhh...The power of Google.
          I just looked at their regular menu. The prices are steep, esp. the starters and pasta offerings.
          Be aware that the menu states, "Cash only"


          1. re: Tay
            bgut1 RE: Tay Feb 18, 2011 04:57 PM

            Tay - The cash policy has been a deal breaker for me. While I can appreciate the cost for the business, the fact is that most people use credit cards exclusively.

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              sockster RE: Tay Feb 18, 2011 05:15 PM

              Fact is, you have to pay for good food. Remember, this is not a pizza joint. This said, we've cut back on our outings to AMA due to the cash only policy as well....but we still think it's one of the best restaurants anywhere in Monmouth County. Also, I believe it came in #2,3, or 4 in the informal CH poll of best restaurants >$25.

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            Herm RE: sockster Feb 19, 2011 04:39 AM

            I haven't visited AMA since the summer, and I thought my meal was outrageously good, but I have a question for you sockster. The picture you posted about your dinner look great, but the second one looks to me more like calamari, as opposed to octopus, it does look delicious however.

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            1. re: Herm
              sockster RE: Herm Feb 19, 2011 06:07 AM

              My bad....baby calamari is was....and it was amazing!!

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