Janice Ru Xuan •
08 Jul 2011
So I returned to the Medley Amaii recently, realizing that I have always been curious as to how the name of the place came about. One of the employees, a young gentleman, offered an explanation. The name is a playful pun. Like the syntax in Romance languages and classical Latin, the adjective "amaii"--sweet in Japanese--is placed after the modified noun "medley". (the employee told me that the epic poem "Paradise Lost" is an example of Latin grammar employed in the English language) By putting "amaii" in front of "medley" it seems as if I can translate "Medley Amaii" into "Madly Sweet"! Feeling rather pleased with my discovery, I went on to ask the gentleman whether that was how one reads this mischievously odd name. He smiled and suggested that the name could simply mean "The Sweet Medley" or "The Medley by the Name 'Amaii'". When I asked him which is the right interpretation, he chuckled and offered me a sample of gelato.
Perhaps the many interpretations of Medley Amaii is a metaphor for the many unexpected delights the establishment offers. It was closed for a period of time before reopening. The owner, who was around when my husband and I were there again, explained to us that renovations had taken place. The kitchen was expanded and improved upon. And now the menu offers a wider variety of choices. Pasta anyone? Although the last time I truly enjoyed pasta was when I was in Boston at a place called The Daily Catch, the Medley's pasta was just as good as the one I had in Boston.
In a previous occasion, I developed a fondness for the Medley after discovering its very affordable and very tasty muffins. Now, I have another reason to be in love with this place.
And as usual, love the service.