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Lovely place but dishes do not live up to the expectations: Restaurant Amado (31. January 2016)

| April 2, 2016

Doing some restaurant research, the Amado belongs to the best restaurants in town and while having tried quite a few by then, I was a bit skeptical about the quality of Amado. But I was positively surprised. The place looks not appealing from the outside but the picture definitely changes once you are inside. However, it is a bit hyped if you ask me.

Once you are seated, you are served “assorted bread, butter of day, crusts of cassava starch, olive oil, goat cheese, and escabeche)” which is basically included in the cover charge of 22.00 BRL. What was amazing was the passion fruit butter which was quite unique. And what was even more impressive was the fact that after some time, the used up ingredients were re-stocked right in front of you at your table.


I went for the “Casquinha de Aratu – Red crab in Bahian style with licuri flour” (28.00 BRL) which are the four little bowls in the picture below. And while interesting when you eat the first of these bowls it quickly becomes too much when you start eating the second, third, and fourth. The crab flavour is very crabby – all over your mouth.


The “roasted salted cod loin with Portuguese chorizo, potatoes, eggs and olives” (92.00 BRL) is fine and I must say that eggs as a part of the dish is actually an interesting combination. I did somehow expect cheese or something like that when I had a huge bite of the egg – and well, it was surprising! :) The cod is fine but a bit too dry for my gusto but goes well with the chorizo and the olives.


The “pavlova with berries, lemon sponge and cupuaçu sorbet” (18.00 BRL) was a very exiting dish. The rather detailed dish with regards to its arrangement and flavours matched up to great flavours.


The place is lovely and modernly designed and while it was almost empty around 7pm, it started to get a bit fuller throughout the evening – but it remained rather empty for a Sunday night.


Overall, the Restaurant Amado provides fine food but nothing outstanding, however, the service is dedicated and friendly (and partially speaks English), and the atmosphere is lovely. Again, you can have a look onto the water if you decide to sit outside. The prices are again a bit steep for what you get with 92.00 BRL for the cod or 16.00 BRL for 0,5L of San Pellegrino. Still, overall recommended to dine here while in Salvador.


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Contact Details:

Restaurant Amado

Av. Lafayete Coutinho 660


40015-160 Salvador de Bahia (BR)

Tel.: +55 71 33 22 35 20

E-Mail: reservas@amadobahia.com.br

Homepage: http://www.amadobahia.com.br

About the Author:

I started the blog in October 2009, while living in Milan which I definitely consider to be one of the food capitals of the world. I was in touch with food since my early childhood (as my father is a former chef). Whenever I can, I travel the world to discover new places, to meet people but mostly to try local dishes and to find hidden gems! If you know a place worth going, please drop a line to: info@thediningexperience.org. Currently, I am a member of the following food-related associations: Chevalier @Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Zurich-Ville; Membre Gourmet Dégustateur @Ordre Mondial des Gourmets Dégustateurs [OMGD]; Gesellschafter @Goldener Fisch and Member @Slowfood Convivium Zurich City.
434.50 BRL (incl. tip) Filed in: Restaurants, Salvador de Bahia (BR)

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