217-19 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 US
While visiting Philadelphia for the first time this past Saturday, I came across this Spanish tapas restaurant called Amada, which translates to my loved one in Spanish. Tapas bars/restaurants derived from Spain and consist of hot and cold appetizers. Spain cuisine is known for their thin cut ham, iberico, wide variety of fresh cheese, savory seafood, and best of all; rich wine. Amada had just that; a piece of Spain in my mouth.
Tapas tend to be high-end restaurants with high quality food and expensive wine. Amada was created by chef Jose Garces and there are several other restaurant in New Jersey, Illinois, the District of Columbia, and other parts of Pennsylvania. My order consisted of goat cheese with jam (my favorite), ham, hanger steak, shrimp, a glass of wine, and a glass of sangria. For two people, we thought that this was enough to hold us off for a while. We were wrong because as the reviews put it, tapas serves snacks. Everything you order is in super small portions. The hanger steak was supposed to be our main dish, and we were shocked when we were handed a 3-inch piece of steak cut into 4 smaller pieces. Regardless, the steak was juicy, soft, seasoned just right, and I loved it; but I wanted more! The shrimp cost $24 for 6 pieces. Nonetheless, it was the best shrimp I ever had. I never put a shrimp head in my mouth, and Saturday was that day. The shrimp was served with the entire shell, legs, and eyes. It was seasoned in the most delicious red sauce and topped with another green sauce. It’s a mystery to try to figure out the ingredients and recipe because the taste is so distinct. I’m sure it is a secret recipe.
The exterior of the restaurant depicts an ‘old city’ charm. With glass doors and windows covering the front, it almost feels as if you’re entering someone’s home. The interior defiantly resembles a home. It is small and the rooms are connecting. The decoration is minimal and filled with culture. The tables are long and squared, similar to a dining room table. Safe to say the ambiance is relaxed and comfortable, like being at home.
I hope my review on AMADA reaches other foodies, like me. It is highly recommended and I will be visiting them again!