*sigh* i feel sort of bad posting this because so many people have such rave reviews about amuse cafe, but the food there was only okay i thought. granted, it was my only experience, so it's just a first impression, but still, it was just *eh*
we had the CARAMELIZED ONION and GRUYERE TART with FENNEL and ARUGULA which was okay, but for some reason, i thought it was going to send me into orbit. not so.
the MIXED CHEESE PLATE with QUINCE PASTE, BALSAMIC, and TOASTED BAGUETTE was fine, but slightly disproportioned with a little too much of the Cabrales and not enough the silky burrata.
ROMAINE HEART with WHITE CORN SALAD and CABRALES VINAIGRETTE was crisp and fresh, but a little boring.
i didn't try the GRILLED CALAMARI with SUGAR SNAP PEAS and PESTO, so i can't comment fairly on the flavor, but it sure looked, um, interesting in an alien sort of way.
LENTIL HUMMUS with KALAMATA OLIVES, PINE NUTS, and SCALLIONS was an interesting twist, but not enough to make me change my making of it from garbanzo beans. i will say though, the TOASTED PINE NUTS is what reminded me to toast them for a recipe i did later - LOL!
CHICKEN and BRIE SANDWICH pressed with AVOCADO, SUN DRIED TOMATOES and PESTO was okay, but sort of gave me a mild case of sticker shock at $12. i know this is good food, but i guess i thought a $12 sandwich would, i don't know, make me at least *mmm*
i didn't expect much at all from the SPAGHETTI with SWEET CORN and ZUCCHINI, but it was the only one that surprised me in a positive way. simple, but not in a boring way like everything else.
the desserts are sort of what disapppointed me the most because that is usually what i eagerly await all through a meal. the WARM BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE BROWNIE was dry, but i guess that's why it was doused with CHOCOLATE GANACHE and MINT CHIP ICE CREAM. the CHOCOLATE KRIPSY BANANA SPLIT was very hard to eat, and the chocolate covered rice krispies was just too cutesie. (am i missing something on the rice krispies? i think beacon is doing that too)
anyway, the food wasn't bad enough to make me pull a gordon ramsay on it; it was just sort of ho-hum, but there are a lot of other options in this area (westside) that are even just a hair above ho-hum.