Friday, December 6, 2019

Amada Brunch

If you haven't been to Amada by now, you're missing out on a classic Jose Garces destination restaurant. Beyond being the long-standing bastions of tapas cuisine in the city, the kitchen's ability to execute on classic dishes, with a creative twist, keeps me coming back for more. 

Clockwise from Top Right: Ensalada Verde, Pan con Tomate, Law of Desire Cocktail, Pastry Basket

For brunch, the $27pp prix fixe is the way to go. Coffee or tea, along with a killer pastry basket is included. Think warm, flaky, buttery croissants and olive oil cake, paired with fig jam and whipped butter. I also enjoyed the Law of Desire, featuring Jim Beam Honey Whiskey, Iced Coffee, and Cinnamon - easy drinking. From there, the prix fixe allows you to order 3 items per person off their sectioned brunch menu. My sister was in town for the holidays and to start, she had the ensalada verde and I went with the classic - pan con tomate. First off, I need to order more salads at restaurants, especially if they're at Amada. Here, diced green beans, favas, asparagus, and avocado are perfectly seasoned and dressed, with plenty of shaved manchego on top. And what can I say about the pan con tomate - it's a must. Juicy diced tomato, olive oil, and garlic is atop crusty bread ... if you come to Amada for just Happy Hour, do get this. 

Clockwise from Top Right: Sangria Pancakes, Revuelto, Panceta, Patatas Rosti

For our mains, we went with the Reveulto and sangria pancakes for a savory and sweet combo. Soft-scrambled eggs, shrimp, and truffle-butter toast was on point. And the sangria pancakes? Plenty of texture from apple, pear, figs, and the pancakes themselves, to be drizzled with that sangria syrup. For sides, we paired the Patatas Rosti which were essentially hockey-puck sized fluffy potatoes, crisped on the exterior. And obviously the smoked bacon really hit the spot for me. 

Not that anyone needs a reason to go to brunch, but Amada clearly has plenty to reach those #BrunchGoals for your squad. 

217-219 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 398-6968

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Amada: Porcine Bites, Unreal Pernil Asado, & Bodegas Muga Wine

It's been awhile since I last posted about Amada, but when I heard about the unreal pork dishes on the menu, I had to stop by. One of the stalwarts from Iron Chef Jose Garces' restaurants, Amada consistently remains a popular tapas hot spot, nestled in Old City. 

Clockwise from Top Right: Croquetas de Jamon, Jamon Iberico de Bellota, Cana de Cabra, Coca de Alcachofas flatbread, Champagne

The wife (yes, I finally upgraded from GF!) and I started off with a champagne toast, which provided a nice effervescent acidity from the luxuriously rich and nutty Jamon Iberico de Bellota. Perfectly sliced, and gossamer-thin. Being the cheese nuts that we are, we couldn't help but melt at the Cana de Cabra. The tang from the goat cheese gratin was paired with sweet membrillo and gooseberries, along with some texture from the nuts. And a JG flatbread is always a must - nice salty sharpness from the manchego, with earthiness from the truffles and mushroom. 

Pernil Asado & Bodegas Muga Gran Riserva Rioja

Pro-tip: Keep an eye out for special events at Amada. In conjunction with Victor Ordonez of Jorge Ordonez selections, Amada recently hosted a Spanish wine experience where guests enjoyed tapas and generous pours of wines from Rioja by powerhouse Bodegas Muga, Sierra Cantabria, Ramirez de la Piscina, and Vinedos Llurch. GM Joseph Quintela was kind enough to save us a bottle of the 2011 Bodegas Muga Gran Riserva - black fruit, medium-bodied, easy to drink, with an extremely smooth mouthfeel. 

This went nicely with what is probably the best pork dish I've had in recent memory. The pernil asado is a must for any porcine palates out there. Redolent with plenty of garlic and citrus, the texture on this dish was spot on. Crisp skin on the exterior and juicy within. The savory white beans gave extra heft to the dish, with the citrus supremes providing that connection to the underlying marinade. I highly recommend this dish! 

So if you're in Old City or simply looking for that next pork bite, be sure to stop by Amada. There's plenty to be enjoyed, along with exceptional service. 

Amada Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, October 7, 2019

Moshulu 2019 Fall Menu

As you might already be aware, the Moshulu recently underwent a renovationIt still remains the only restaurant in the world aboard a tall ship. And the food coming out of Chef Anthony Bonett's kitchen is still top notch.

Clockwise from Right: Smoking Sazerac, Beet & Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese Croquette, Lobster Cocktail

Whether it's at White Dog Cafe or at the Moshulu, you'll find me enjoying the Smoking Sazerac. Easily enjoyed with an earthy and well-seasoned beet & arugula salad that came with crispy, salty goat cheese croquettes. The lobster cocktail was a delicious deconstruction of a lobster roll. Perfectly cooked, atop a buttery brioche round.

Clockwise from Right: Sea Scallops with Gnocchi and Black Truffle, Honey Sriracha Atlantic Salmon & Quinoa, Mac n Cheese

The seared sea scallops were nicely paired with a deep black truffle mushroom jus, with seared gnocchi. Hearty fare as we go into the colder months. The crispy Atlantic salmon made a believer out of crispy fish skin for the wife. Honey sriracha imparted a spicy sweetness in that crispy skin, with the meat being nicely moist and flaky. The tricolor quinoa was cooked in a nice stock and came with carrots and peas. And what's a Fearless Restaurants meal without their killer mac? So comforting! 

Key Lime Cheesecake 

The wife loves cheesecake and I'm all about key lime pie. Normally I defer to her, but luckily we had the best of both worlds with the key lime cheesecake. 

If you still haven't been to the Moshulu, make sure to stop by. Perfect way to enjoy the waterfront and have a meal on a boat! 

Moshulu Restaurant
401 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. 
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 923-2500