Saturday, July 07, 2012

Where I'm Eating...Amour Wine Bistro (Richmond)

I was in Richmond, Virginia a couple weeks ago, spending the night at the Doubletree Downtown Richmond. Before we checked in to this hotel, we stopped off for dinner.  I flew in from ORD to DCA, landing at 18h00 and headed right to Richmond -- we arrived around 20h15 and I was famished.

While en route, I searched TripAdvisor for the 10 best restaurants in Richmond.  Amour Wine Bistro ranked number 6 -- I didn't have all that high expectations based on this list either. Krispy Kreme was the #3 highest ranked restaurant in the City.

Amour is on West Cary Street in Carytown - a great little shopping district. We arrived too late to really explore the area, but it had a lot of cool looking shops.

We arrived at Amour, sans reservation but were seated promptly.  The owner, who appears to be French, greeted us, took our cocktail order and delivered some of the food, was always close by. If we needed anything a quick glance brought him right over to us.

The waitress recommended the prix-fix menu which allowed us to select any appetizer, entree and dessert for $35 each -- a definite savings.  We followed her recommendations.

My colleague started with the blueberry soup - I've never had blueberry soup as a starter, just a dessert.  She absolutely loved it.

Blueberry Soup - Appetizer
For my appetizer I opted for the vichyssoise -- it was very hot outside and I needed a cold soup.  This was very tasty. I devoured it.


I selected the Poisson du Jour, for my entree, which was a seared tuna served with mashed fingerling potatoes.  The tuna was tasty, but was a little too fluorescent for my taste.  Also, what's the point of mashing fingerling potatoes? Isn't the benefit of a fingerling potato it's unique size and shape?  In any event, the food was quite good -- I did completely clean my plate.

Fluorescent Poisson du Jour
For dessert I selected the creme brulee au chocolat. I am not a big fan of creme brulee, but I do love chocolate. This dessert was truly amazing - I seriously debated ordering a second of this dessert.


If I ever return to Richmond, which I hope I do at some point in my life, I would definitely eat at this restaurant again. Would I drive in from DC to eat here, no. The food and the service were both really great though. If you are in the area, you must try this place.

What is your favorite place to eat in Richmond?  Is Carytown worth another visit?  Do you like fluorescent fish?

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