AMA Always, an unexpectedly incredible culinary adventure and some of the freshest food I have tasted in a really long time.
From the service to every ingredient in each dish, AMA was an AMA-zing experience.
I like to believe that good food comes from great ingredients but amazing food comes from the heart. When you cook from the heart, there are a world of flavours that become a part of your dish, ones that are hard to replicate.
Chef Sebastian Galluci and Mike Mizzi have crafted something special here at AMA and you can feel their hearts shine through the location, atmosphere, and most importantly through the food. Torontonians may recognize them as they are folks behind the Che Baby Food Truck and their award winning Chori-pan.
AMA continues on bringing us exquisite Argentinian tastes but this time in a brick and mortar location in Trinity Bellwoods. AMA Always offers a more elevated dining experience full of extraordinary diverse farm to table flavours and combinations of Argentinian and Italian cuisine.
If you want a little peak at the dining experience at AMA, allow me to take you through the 7 course tasting menu that was personally prepared for me and my guest by Chef Sebas.
I will tell you now, I did not expect (nor was I prepared) to eat such fresh and delicious food. Maybe I have just been eating at the wrong places! Being from Peru makes it hard to find really good food when I dine out as I have been exposed to such amazing dishes that are in honesty hard to top.
But oh was I pleasantly pleased and satisfied beyond my stomach’s capabilities during my diner at AMA last week. I advise you, if you are going for AMA’s tasting menu, come hungry because you will definitely get your day’s worth of food and then some.
I can tell you all about the stylist and chill-like decor of AMA's Trinity Bellwoods location but I will leave that for you the experience on your own. Let's dive right in to this 7-course tasting menu that left me, my stomach, and my tastebuds very happy.
Chef Sebas started us off with one of their especialidades de la casa (House Specialties): A Carne (beef) and a Veggie Empanada topped with chimichurri and parm. The meat one was made with Argentinian beef and the veg one was made with summer squash that night.
The menu is ever changing and Chef Sebas works with what is in season and finds inspiration from his visits to the farmers markets.
Just the day before my visit, I saw that he hauled an extraordinary collection of heirloom tomatoes, carrots, and zucchini. So I was pleasantly surprised to see that some of his market haul made it to my next dish. This course was really perfectly fitting for me, it was a stuffed heirloom tomato with a tomato baked with parmigiano and accompanied by a tomato salsa.
It was tomato and Italian heaven, right up my alley.
Next we had what I call the “pre-main” course because it was enough to be a main course but it was just a taste of what was to come. We had a beautiful rainbow trout cooked in its own juices with a splash of white wine, some tomatoes, oranges, and Ontario peaches.
This dish was incredibly fresh and just cooked to perfection! The peaches with the oranges and tomatoes did wonders to my taste buds. Simple, exotic and exquisite!
Then for the main and (almost final course, remember there is always dessert), my dad and I enjoyed an AMA carne and Veggie Amore platter.
Yes, it was as amazing as it sounds.
My gosh, what a beautiful plate this was. The platter featured two cuts of Argentinian beef, yes two cuts. One was the 10oz Entrana and the other the 12oz Ribeye served amongst the most beautiful charred market veggies, salsa, potatoes, and Ontario Sweet Corn.
Oh this was absolutely delicious, there are no words to describe the quality of the beef charred perfectly with rare tendenderness in the middle. The vegetables were sweet and flavourful, on my platter we had heirloom carrots, zucchini, eggplant, potatoes, and corn. As well as side leafy greens tossed in a vinaigrette and topped with queso fresco.
By the end, my dad and I were beyond full. I swear we haven’t eaten this much food in one sitting since our family feasts back in Peru!
We got a complimentary digestif to burn off some of the food, though I had doubts of that happening anytime soon.
Then we finally ended our AMA feast with a simple crepe stuffed with dulce de leche topped with icing sugar and fresh Ontario blueberries.
The entire evening was magical. Chef Sebas and his staff are as attentive as can be, I felt very special during my visit. Not to mention very well fed. If you are looking to support a local restaurant, one with heart and soul that sources some of the freshest ingredients out there then I highly recommend you visit AMA Always and try their tasting menu.
It’s a wonderful and delicious experience to share with some of your closest friends and/or family. Just remember come hungry and prepare your taste buds for world of fresh and local flavours!