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Jun 22, 2011 03:44 PM

Disappointed with Amada

Two weeks ago I called Amada and reserved a table for six for a Tuesday 6/28. I asked about the procedure for the suckling pig because only three had confirmed that they wanted to do that, and the menu said four was the minimum. I mentioned that I might persuade the rest to join in, and was told that I just needed to call them three days in advance to specify the size of the pig.

Yesterday I called to increase the party to seven and to confirm the pig (for all seven diners). I was told that they could accommodate the seventh diner, but that they were all sold out of pig for that night, so sorry. I was unaware that they limited the number of tables that could order pig on any given night. I'm very disappointed, as I have been dreaming about this pig for months now, and spent more than a week trying to get people willing to try something new (and kind of expensive for some).

I'm thinking about Zahav for the lamb shoulder, but I dread having to re-confirm with everyone and get them on board with yet another "out there" idea. Usually PF Chang's or Buca di Beppo is where we end up.

Anyway, I guess this is just a message to warn people that even though the Web site says three days notice is required for the suckling pig, you should call the restaurant as soon as you are sure and confirm the meal.

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  1. Sorry to hear this. If you don't want to rebook anywhere, I would just do the tasting menu at Amada for $45pp, it's really fun, the food is generous, and you can specify preferences/dislikes/allergies/etc to the server who will accommodate those diners but not deprive others.

    If you do decide to go with Zahav, make sure you tell them in advance that you want the lamb shoulder. They don't mention it on the menu, but they can sell out.

    9 Replies
    1. re: barryg

      The lamb shoulder at Zahav is really excellent and worth the coordination.

      1. re: DaisyM

        Be warned on the lamb shoulder.. people have been reporting that you have to order ahead, especially on a non-Weekend night... so call ahead and confirm you will get it. If you cannot, the Mezze tasting is adequate for the type of food they put out.

        1. re: cwdonald

          Having eaten both the lamb and the pig I can honestly say that things happen for a reason. Consider yourself lucky about Amada (which I love *except* for the pig) and get the lamb at Zahav. In the future should you decide to get the pig at Amada (and not take my advice) you can do it for three people and pay for four and take home a lot of leftovers.

          1. re: cwdonald

            Thanks to all the responders above. Yes, I had already called Zahav and they confirmed that I would have to pre-order the lamb, especially on a weeknight. However they don't have a limit to how many they will make. That was my biggest complaint -- Amaca says three-days is plenty to pre-order, but they don't tell you that they only do so many a night no matter what.

            @DaisyM, I'd be willing to start the coordination process over again except that we are less than 5 days out now and I'm busy preparing for the conference. I doubt if I can get confirmation by Saturday.

            @barryg, if we stick with Amada, I definitely will have the pernil asado. It was what I had planned even before I managed to find a group willing to order the pig.

            @cwdonald, I am eating at Zahav solo on Saturday night (I get in before the rest of my team) and am planning on the mezze tasting since I can't rightly order the shoulder by myself (although uhockey did:


            We will probably just end up at a mid-range Italian place that no one minds and which we can book that afternoon. But. IT. WILL. NOT. BE. A. CHAIN! Valanni or Ralph's or La Famiglia probably...

            La Famiglia
            751 Route 37 W, Toms River, NJ 08755

            1. re: 2roadsdiverge

              Meh try to get into Meligrano or Salento if you go that route.

              1. re: barryg

                +1 on salento. i would also consider monsu- interesting sicilian food, but still italian

                1. re: InSearchOfTacos

                  I'll try, but none of them are on OpenTable, which is so damned convenient! Thanks

                  1. re: 2roadsdiverge

                    agreed, but both take reservations, which is more than i can say about many other restaurants in these parts

                    good luck :)

                  2. re: InSearchOfTacos

                    +2 on Salento! Excellent food, great price, nice room and service. I'm sure if you call they will easily accommodate your group! Some of the best "real" Italian food I've enjoyed in Philly. Melograno is great food but more "trendy"/modern, and I don't know that it would be a good choice for a larger group...

        2. If you do make it to Amada, order the pernil asado. While it might be a tease compared to having the suckling pig, it is a very good pork dish.