Monday, January 21, 2008

Ama Ama Oyster Bar & Grill

Ama Ama Oyster Bar & Grill
4752 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
Phone: (206) 937-1514

Ama Ama Oyster Bar and Grill is a newcomer to West Seattle. Serving fresh local oysters shucked to order and fresh-made dishes like po'boy oyster sliders, Penn Cove mussels, crispy monkfish, or ginger scallops this restaurant creates a seafood dining that is a welcomed addition to the Seattle restaurant scene.
Their menu is oriented toward local, organic and sustainable foods. Their chef, Brenda, is a veteran of the Flying Fish and the now defunct Fandango and Ovio. She has traveled extensively in Spain, Portugal, India and Japan. Her travels and interests help her create and interesting menu with these influences. The atmosphere is big city sophisticated with a New York retro club feel. The restaurant is dominated by a large bar, high ceiling, warm wood and black leather chairs and banquets. Custom scrolled wood partitions metal art, warm lightening and smooth jazz add to the warm and romantic setting. The service was professional and friendly. They have a nice selection of cocktails, wines and upscale drafts.
We ate here last night after seeing a play at the Arts West Theater ( located across the street). We started off with two "sliders" that were perfectly prepared on toasted "Bakery Nouveau" brioche rolls. One was Grilled ground lamb, Muenster cheese, stone ground mustard and a chili morita sauce and the other was Panko breaded oysters fried and served with grated horseradish aioli. We shared the Mojo Shrimp Salad that was four large gulf shrimp marinated in mango-orange mojo, seared, and served on a bed of watercress and frisee with avocado and cotija cheese. The salad was fresh and flavorful and a pure delight. Then we finished by splitting the Crispy Monkfish which was fresh monkfish marinated in buttermilk, floured, and fried crispy and served over Madras mashed potatoes with a peanut-cilantro sauce and then surrounded by long beans. This entrée was truly special and delicious and we have been talking about it and this reastaurant for the past day!
Ama Ama Oyster Bar and Grill scores big. We are looking forward to another visit in the near future.

No comments: