528 8th Street, SE
From a press release:
“Ambar, the nation’s capital’s first Balkan restaurant, owned by Serbian-born Ivan Iricanin and chef/restaurateur Richard Sandoval, is pleased to announce the introduction of a new Bottomless Dinner Menu, featuring unlimited small plates, Balkan specialties and a free-flowing beverage menu. Available all evening, seven days a week, the menu offers two package options; unlimited small plates and Balkan specialties with bottomless drinks for $59 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), or unlimited small plates and bottomless drinks for $49 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). The entire table must order the same package level of the Bottomless Dinner Menu, and guests will have a two-hour window to enjoy their food and cocktails or wine with this special offer. Ambar’s full a-la-carte menu is also available nightly.
Guests enjoying the Bottomless Dinner Menu will choose from a large selection of small plate options. For starters there is the Spicy Crab Spread – made with ajvar, crab, cilantro, pickled chiles and served with crispy lavash chips, or traditional Hummus Dip – with paprika, olive oil and served with lavash chips, to name a couple. The menu also has two flatbreads: Grilled Chicken & Sausage – made with ajvar, kajmak, pickled onion and homemade sausage, andthe White flatbread – made with kajmak, cured aged cow’s cheese, fresh herbs, truffle paste and olive oil. Diners will have various mezze, soup and salad options to choose from as well, including Veal & Vegetable Soup – made with sour cream and fresh chive; the Roasted Squash Salad – with mixed greens, panko-crusted mozzarella, crispy bacon and a pomegranate dressing, andthe Mezze Platter For Two – including sliced meats, aged cheese, bacon-wrapped prunes, red pepper spread and fresh lepinja. There are also delicious vegetable, seafood, and meat & poultry options, such as Baby Red & Yellow Beets – served with pork “cracklins”, goat cheese mousse, toasted walnut and fresh chive; Sesame Crusted Salmon – served with horseradish sauce, spicy eggplant and arugula, andthe Ambar Burger – served with urnebes, cucumber yogurt and cabbage slaw.
Those looking for Balkan specialties will want to consider the Marinated Crusted Trout – servedwith ajvar “zarandeado”, marinated fennel and arugula; the Veal Schnitzel – with bread crust, kajmak, cucumber tartar and Yukon potato mash; Mixed Grilled Meats – served with pork loin, sausage, Balkan kebab, chicken, Balkan burger, potato wedges and a pepper spread, and the Rib Eye Steak – a grass-fed rib eye steak with cognac jus, kajmak mashed potato and a Balkan salad.
To complement the dinner menu, various craft cocktails, wine, and beer options will be offered. Cocktails include Mango Lemonade – made with vodka, fresh mango puree, fresh lemon and simple syrup; the Mojito Traditional – with Bacardi Castillo, fresh lime, fresh mint and simple syrup; the Margarita Traditional – with tequila, agave nectar and fresh lime, and a Sarajevo Old Fashion – with Voivoda plum brandy, rye whiskey, bitters and cane syrup. Ambar will offer the House Red and House White wines with the Bottomless Dinner Menu, as well as Tecate Lager, Dos Equis Lager and Dos Equis Amber for beer options. Due to the free-flowing Bottomless Dinner and Drink Menu, Ambar will partner with Uber (https://www.uber.com) so diners have the option of taking a cab home.”