There are certain constants in Cleveland for me when it comes to eating out. I have some favorites I like to go back to and one of those is AMP 150 located at the Marriott on W. 150th. Chef Jeffrey Jarrett runs this beast of a restaurant. His farm to table concept is something else. With fresh ingredients and a unique menu this is not your ordinary hotel eatery.
The main reason I like to come here is the amazing value on the tasting menu. You can get a 4 course for $35 or a 6 course for $50. Most of the items are completely off the menu choices from the talented kitchen staff. Our first course was an added bonus. It was a simple amuse bouche that you can find on the menu. It was a flavorful Strawberry Watermelon Gazpacho with a hint of jalapeno. Very late summery flavors here to wake up the taste buds.
The second course was a generous portion of fresh bass with citrus foam serving along with a roasted carrot puree, chanterelle mushrooms and baby onions. The vegetables had a nice hint of rosemary that wasn’t too overpowering. The bass was cooked to perfection with a nice crispy skin and a real nice smoke ring visible. You either like smoke or you don’t and if you overdo it you feel like you are taking a shot of hickory to the throat. While most of the fish was amazing I got one bite that I felt later that night.
The third course was a simple Arugula salad, light dressing, with pistachio chimichurri. Excellent peppery flavor to the arugula mixed with sweet grapes complimented with the tang of the chimichurri pistachios. It’s never just a salad there, it’s lesson in flavors.
The forth course was a hammer of a meal. It was like Cleveland on a plate. Pork two ways. Roast pork served on top a roasted vegetable succotash smothered in bacon gravy. Ohio sweet corn grilled lightly with butter and brown sugar was served on the side quartered. Then pork 2 was a split bratwurst from Gibbs served over top Cleveland Kraut’s spicy Gnar Gnar sauerkraut. What is not to like about this dish? Old school roast pork, amazing Ohio Sweet Corn and a local brat and kraut.
The final course was AMP’s famously decadent Milk Chocolate Pana Cotta; salted caramel, malted vanilla ice cream, toasted hazelnuts. It is amazing. There was also an Apple Pie a la mode that was just ok for me. Too dense, and not enough crisp for me.
Here’s the deal though. For the most part I was completely wowed by everything, and when I got the check (yes, I actually do pay for food) it was $70 for 2. All that…$70 for two people. While I understand some people like ordering from the menu a Chefs Tasting is a great way to sample fresh local ingredients like you may have never had them before. It is also a great way to eat way too much food. Honestly while it seems like a lot of food I didn’t leave wanting to kill myself from overeating. Experience may vary because with the Chefs Choice option you are are the whim of the imagination of the Chef.