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I picked the perfect restaurant for our romantic dinner in Philadelphia. And made sure to reserve a table well in advance.


In front, flatbread with romesco sauce for dipping. In back to the left, roasted peppers and eggplant, onion and confit tomato spreads.

Amada is a tapas place with a pleasing ambiance: lots of natural wood, and not too noisy if you go early. The service is excellent and the food is exquisitely presented. Best of all, everything is delicious.

It’s a good place for vegetarians because the menu has a “Verduras” section with ten options, and there are also salads and cheeses. I had an Albariño while the Long Suffering One opted for his usual martini with lemon twist.


A beautifully presented cheese plate. From the bottom: fresh queso de cabra with balsamic strawberries, caña de cabra with fig and cherry marmalade, and aged manchego with lavender honey.


Empanada with spinach, manchego and artichoke.

The server suggested three small plates apiece. We ended up ordering three each plus the tortilla, which is a substantial dish of potato and egg with saffron aioli. Not pictured: the warm lima and fava bean salad, the parmesan artichokes, and the wild mushrooms. I always know the food is good if we attack it so greedily that we forget to take pictures.