I have read about Amanda's on many occasions but for some reason I have shied away from it. It is always touted as ultra-romantic, good for special occasions etc. and I was concerned that Izzy might not add to the ambiance. Thankfully I found that I needn't have worried at all.
Amanda's is definitely a special occasion restaurant, yet despite the formal atmosphere, we received a warm welcome. Izzy's presence did not seem to disturb anyone (Parisian restaurants, take note!) On this early Sunday evening, we were amongst a small handful of diners. We had a cozy banquette area to ourselves which was perfect. ..To start, Izzy and I shared a Red and Yellow Beet Salad with Blue Cheese and Mango Lime-Dressing. Odd choice for dressing I thought but the rest of the ingredients appealed so I ordered it anyway. The perky fresh beets and lettuce were perfect with the creamy blue cheese but the salad could certainly have done without that dressing. Izzy always enjoys a good beet so it was a worthwhile starter for us.
For the next course, Izzy had the Polenta with Three Cheeses and I had Short Ribs which I seem to order everywhere. Well Izzy took one bite of his polenta and then kept coming over to my fork for bites of my dinner. My ribs were spoon-soft, full of mushrooms and rich broth, a hit for both of us.
As our meal progressed, the polenta remained untouched so I tasted it to determine why. Turns out that three cheeses may just have been one too many. As with the Mango-Lime dressing, extra cheese did not benefit that dish.
We couldn't leave without dessert so Izzy ordered a dish of raspberry sorbet and I had to try the Blueberry-Apple Crisp with Caramel Ice Cream..
That dish alone, would have made this restaurant a keeper. Homey, warm and creamy...a perfect ending to our meal. Although not every dish was perfect, I would certainly give this restaurant another whirl.