Dining out @ Amada, Atlantic City

Apr 25, 2012

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Diners and gamblers alike will be delighted by the public Flamenco Performances hosted every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Chef Jose Garces’ Andalucian tapas bar and restaurant, Amada (609-225-9900), at Revel (500 Boardwalk, 855-348-0500), the newest resort destination in Atlantic City.  The live performances are hosted by the restaurant on their custom-built flamenco stage, visible to the entire 300-seat dining room as well as from the casino floor beyond.
“Dancing and music are as important to Spanish culture as food and wine, and I’m thrilled to bring them together at Amada,” says Chef Garces, who owns Garces Group, with restaurants in Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Scottsdale, AZ; and Palm Springs, CA.  “These spirited live performances are a true taste of Spain for our guests and an incomparable experience that you can’t find anywhere else in Atlantic City.”
The performances feature flamenco troupes De Luna a Lunares (Thursdays and Saturdays) and Flamenco del Encuentro (Fridays).  Known for their dynamic style, authentic costumes and exceptional musical talent, both troupes have performed at Chef Garces’ original Amada in Philadelphia and are thrilled to partner with him again at Revel.  Dinner reservations on flamenco nights are strongly recommended, and can be arranged by calling (609) 225-9900.
Amada is an authentic Andalusian tapas bar located on the casino level at Revel, with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as a central white marble bar and chic lounge seating;  a 14-seat private dining room;  a convenient walk-up take-out area for sangria and grilled snacks a la planxa with additional seating;  and a stunning dining room tucked against the resort’s sweeping glass façade with floor-to-ceiling views of the water.  The dining room features gray, brown and orange Spanish tiles and suspended orange glass drop chandeliers.  The entrance to the restaurant is adorned with twinkling candles, which also line the hallway that leads to the private room.  Seating throughout the restaurant, from circular brown leather banquettes to cream leather benches to hi-top butcher block tables and stools, is designed to offer guests optimal views of the ocean.
Amada’s grand open kitchen turns out an extensive menu that encourages guests to mix and share multiple dishes, whether enjoying drinks or indulging in a full meal.  Signature dishes include:  Charcutería y Quesos, assorted cured Spanish hams and sausages and artisanal cheeses, served with house-made accoutrements;  Pulpo a la Gallega, Spanish octopus with smoked paprika and potato coins;  Costillas de Ternera Coca, beef shortribs with horseradish, Parmesan and bacon on house-baked flatbread;  and Chipirones a la Planxa, grilled baby squid dressed simply with olive oil, sea salt, lemon, parsley and garlic.  Tapas range in price from $5 to $23.  A signature La Mesa de Jose tasting menu is also available, allowing guests to enjoy a selection of Chef Garces’ favorite tapas, all portioned appropriately for the number of diners at the table.
Chef Garces has two other restaurants inside Revel including Distrito Cantina, a lively margarita bar serving food from Guapos Tacos – a customized, stationary “food truck” that is styled after his wildly popular Philadelphia-based truck, and Village Whiskey, a retro-cool space that evokes the original in Philadelphia and is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of its namesake spirit available in Atlantic City.
Amada serves food from 11:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 12 midnight on weekends and holidays.  The restaurant hosts live flamenco performances every Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 9 p.m.  For more information, or to make a reservation, please call (609) 225-9900.

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