Monday, May 6, 2013

First Taste: Ambar

Initial Thoughts:  
  • Design and Decor:  Branimir Lukic of Serbia-based architectural firm Atelje AL designed the restaurant.  Photos of old Balkan will line the walls with lots of natural wood throughout.  
  • Food:  Artfully presented Balkan cuisine  
Smoky Pear
  • Drink:  Washington’s first Rakia Bar, with over 30 different varieties available.  Rakia is an alcoholic beverage produced by distillation of fermented fruit and it is a popular beverage throughout the Balkans.  It is considered to be the national drink of Bulgaria, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey.  
  • Would I go back?  Yes.  I'd like to try more of the Rakia spirits and taste more of the dishes.
Beet and Goat Cheese Salad
Ambar has a cool vibe, great cocktails and tasty food. The menu highlights Balkan cuisine prepared with a modern twist. 
Pork Roulade
I liked the fresh salads and small plates. 
Balkan Salad
Try the Roasted Pork with arugula salad, pork cracklings, horseradish dressing, and apricot jam.  
Balkan Kebab
The best thing about small plates is you can try lots of different dishes. For dessert, taste the Four Chocolates with dark chocolate biscuit filled chocolate mousse, almond crumble, passion fruit espuma, and raspberry sorbet.  
If you aren't hungry, Ambar is still a great spot to go for drinks.  They have a great patio and delicious Rakia.  

Ambar is located at 523 8th Street, SE, 20003. For additional information please visit 

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