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Our second night out during Center City Restaurant Week found us at, ‘AMADA‘, the authentic Spanish Tapas restaurant at 217-219 Chestnut St. This time we are with some of our favorite relatives, Jean, Charlie, Joseph, Jim T., Barbara, and me. We had no idea what to expect from this restaurant being somewhat unfamiliar with Tapas.

Amada is a warm friendly place with smooth wood floors, a long bar area, and a mix of casual stool seating and booth type areas,. We were seated at what we joked about as, the picnic area. We had a picnic like table with a bench on each side, gravel was underfoot. We had the same reaction as you are having now but it turned out to be all good.

This is a fun food experience. Lots of sharing the uncomplicated but excellent variety of foods and tastes. But even some of the simple foods were laced with subtle hints of this and that and often at the table were some oh!s and ahh!s and even a wow! or two. We had eight different appetizers. Think fresh, sparkling, bright…think Spain and the Mediterranean.

When you come to the end of the appetizers and think you can eat no more you realize there are the entrees! It is easy to look at the menu online and think the food is insubstantial. That is a mistake. Each of these dishes are jewells to be savored.

Then there was desert. How smart. Nothing to heavy or rich, just the exact balance needed.
Just as we were being served desert, coffee, and after dinner drinks, we were treated to Flamenco dancers, with guitar, drum, and singer.

Through the music and dance you became aware of the history of Spain, the influence of the Moors and other cultures. For us it was a mini-vacation to Spain while remaining in Philadelphia. Johnny, our waiter was fantastic in helping us with choices and orchestrating a great dining experience. Our bill with a pitcher of red, and a pitcher of white Sangria etc. came to $ 360 with tip, or $60 per person.

1 Comment so far

  1. Edward (unregistered) on February 9th, 2007 @ 9:32 am

    You would like the new place, National Mechanics http://www.nationalmechanics.com on 3rd.



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