Restaurants & Bars 2

Amani's in Downingtown

FrancisdeR | Nov 27, 200908:08 AM

This is the BYOB that opened where Fioravanti's used to be. My wife and I tried them last Wednesday.

Very enjoyable indeed.

Highly competent food, nice welcome, personable (and not spaced out) service, decent value. We tried their home smoked salmon (remarkable) and baked oysters (I've had a craving for those for a while). Then roast duck and lobster ravioli which were both well executed. Roasted beets were a real nice seasonal touch. Shared a dessert (beignets, which were maybe a little overcooked, but still good). $94 before tip.

Room is a bit loud (often the case with open kitchens) but that wasn't a problem for me, as it has a nice feel.

I know Fioravanti's was pretty popular on this board, and I liked it well enough, but to me, this is better.

I am happy to see this addition to the Chester County scene. Behind Birchrunville, even a hair behind Majolica, this could be our 3rd favorite high-end BYOB in the county. We all want to support these places so we don't lose another one, but I don't know how well our dining budget can withstand a third favorite. We'll see how 2010 goes.

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