Immersive Dining Experience at Amorette Lancaster

AAA Central Penn | AAA Four Diamond Restaurant | Amorette Lancaster | Sara Bozich | Restaurant Review

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Amorette | Lancaster Fine Dining | Sara Bozich | AAA Central Penn | AAA Four Diamond

Amorette, located in Lancaster, Pa., is a AAA Four Diamond-designated restaurant. For 85 years, AAA provides its top hotels and restaurants using AAA Inspections and Diamond Ratings. Each diamond presents another reason to visit and experience food and drink at these restaurants.

AAA designated Amorette as “Distinctive” with its Four Diamonds Award, one of only 11 such designated restaurants in Pennsylvania. Only 2.4% of restaurants recognized by AAA have received the Four Diamond designation.

If you’re looking for a high-service fine dining experience that eschews classic and boring in exchange for an immersive food adventure, dining at Amorette is something truly special.

Until his recent departure, celebrity chef Rikku Ó’Donnchü led the Amorette kitchen. Chef Drew Borston, Chef de Cuisine under Chef Rikku, now brings extraordinary culinary experiences to life for Amorette’s patrons.

The menu at Amorette serves as a form of storytelling. Guests may order a la carte, or, to realize the chef’s full vision, choose from one of the multi-course tasting menus.

Amorette | Lancaster Fine Dining | Sara Bozich | AAA Central Penn | AAA Four Diamond

We elected to go all-in, choosing the 9-course Tasting Menu, about a 2.5-hour food affair. (A 5-course Theatrical experience also is an option). One caveat of the tasting menus is that all members of your party must go through it together. That was great for us, but something to be aware of for your visit. Bring a fellow food adventurer!

The Amorette Dining Experience

The 9-course Immersive Dining Experience is nothing short of spectacular. True to its name, it enrobes you in a tale punctuated with fanciful, creative, and delicious fare.

The courses are designed to touch each of the five tastes: salt, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami.

After a surprise amuse-bouche (featuring edible insects), it begins with “After The Fire,” a bread and butter course served on a “log” and covered in mushroom “ash.”

This was both surprising and delightful and may have been one of our favorite courses.

“French Toast & Jelly” came next, a Rye French toast, wild mushroom, black truffle, duck jelly, and kaluga caviar. “How to Grow Spores” was next, featuring Miso-cured foie gras and various forms of local mushrooms.

Following this, we’re introduced to “Aphrodite” of scallop sashimi, sea fungus, apple, chili, and trout caviar.

One of my favorite courses, “Open That Can of Worms,” featured squid, mealworm, blood pudding, harissa, and cordyceps in a literal can of worms, opened tableside.

“An Unlikely Friendship” marries snail & shimeji ‘risotto,’ topped with increased seared toro.

From here, our journey travels “Into The Wild,” with Nikka-whiskey-aged wild deer, koji, and huckleberry. This course nailed all five tastes in a spectacular presentation of venison.

A selection of beets “beetroot textures” comprises “Be Still My Beeting Heart,” a quixotic take on the root vegetable. Here, a syringe infused the anatomic heart-shaped beet creating an illusionary blood-pumping.

The grand finale, “Levitate,” provided a show-stopping conclusion to the evening and the culinary saga. Staff welcomed us to a separate room, where Chef Rikku and his pastry chef delivered a final gastronomy performance. The dessert, Koji of green rice with semifreddo, was topped with a cloud of edible foam, which we returned to our table to conclude the meal.

Wine at Amorette

I’ve somehow made this far without mentioning the wine selection at Amorette. It earned Wine Spectator’s Best of Excellence rating, and with good reason.

The in-house wine director, Thierry Lesparre, curated a 3,500-bottle cellar of a 700-selection wine list of primarily boutique wineries from around the world.

In addition to food, we are wine adventurous and loved the opportunity to try something new.

We shared with Theirry our go-to wines, preferences, and budget, and he asked to surprise us. We enjoyed an outstanding 2015 Aldo Rainoldi Sfursat di Valtellina, an Italian Nebbiolo, during our dinner.

Booking an Experience

Reserve a table at Amorette Wednesday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. by calling 717-947-7710 or booking online.

To discover more AAA Diamond program designees, visit here.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram for photos and video from our Amorette experience, and other area food, drink, and lifestyle content.

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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