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Amada

jerseybill52 | Aug 17, 2009 03:46 PM

I wanted to try Amada for several years. But when I vacation Philly it is for a long weekend and they were never open for Lunch. That has changed now and so on Saturday, August 15th my wife and I tried Amada. She gives it a thumbs up as the best place we ate all weekend (Branzino, Meritage, Estia, La Viola West, Amada and Divan). We arrived a few minutes past 1:00. The only customers were a family of four, Mom, Dad and two rug rats. My wife was concerned that the Saturday lunch option would end soon if this was all the business they were getting. By 2:00 the place was over half full and had some bar action going. So I think the Saturday lunch will catch on. We started with the Serrano ham. This came with some bread slices (which was really rather pedestrian white steak roll-ish bread – not even from a baguette – at least not a good one as there was no hard crust) and a plate with cornichons, caper berries, and some really killer mustard. Really good. Next, the Ensalade Verde. This was followed by Tortilla Espanola, Crab stuffed peppers, and warm Lima bean and Fava salad. The star of the show was the Serrano ham, lame bread aside. Next time we will probably get two. One to star and one to end the meal. The Ensalade Verde, Tortilla Espanola, and Crab stuffed peppers were all winners also. The Limas and Fava didn’t do much for me. This is a definite return visit. With three wines and one Ice Tea the bill was $84. A bit steep for lunch but well worth it – IMHO.

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