Amp 150 (2)
Since beginning this blog, we have not written a repeat visit entry. The postings have been entered after our first visit and we have heretofore forgone writing a second when we return. That made perfect sense when we started to write about our Cleveland restaurant experiences… until this weekend where we enjoyed two fabulous meals at two places we’ve reviewed before, Darna Moroccan Cuisine and AMP 150. We have been in both of these places a number of times. On this weekend’s visit, we each tried a collection of completely different foods and the result was fantastic. (Darna review appeared yesterday)
Almost as an afterthought, Michele suggested AMP 150 for dinner Saturday. We had been trapped home all day as the installer laid our new kitchen floor. We both needed to get out and because of our positive visits in the past, the longer than normal trip for food was a welcome difference. Michele started with a Baby Arugula salad topped with candied walnuts and shavings of parmesan infused by blood orange. The sweet and tang of the vinaigrette dressing was a perfect beginning. Jeff ordered the Shrimp and Grits; a beautiful blend of perfectly prepared grits topped with small shrimp and diced ham. This was a rich treat that prompted Michele, after one bite to exclaim, “I’m ordering that next time!” We then shared a bowl of steamed cockles (miniature clams) in a visually exciting and aromatically stimulating basil broth. The little treats were wonderful. Michele had the Artic Char, which was perfectly roasted to insure a moist and tender interior. Despite having lamb the day before, Jeff couldn’t resist it again today. AMP prepared a braised lamb neck over farro risotto. Like a lamb shank, the neck meat is remarkably tender because it is surrounded by flavor enhancing fat. By simply picking away this protective layer, the succulent meat is waiting to please. Combined with the farro, it would be difficult to imagine a better meal. Desert was warm chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and chocolate ice cream and lemongrass crème brulee with lemon ice cream.
After numerous visits, AMP 150 has not failed to please. AMP 150 is one of the most fairly priced restaurants in Cleveland (and beyond!) Food this good should cost more and people will happily pay. Regardless of what happens in the price column, we are going back to this place again…and again…and again….
http://amp150.com/ 4277 West 150th Street Cleveland, OH 216-706-8787