By Priya Konings
If the thought of Eastern European food doesn’t exactly make you drool, join the club. Goulash and borscht aren’t exactly our dream dishes either. But Ambar, which features “Eastern European cuisines in Southeast DC” is here to change your mind. Their extensive menu has crepes, fresh salads, phyllo pies, crunchy flatbreads and all sorts of other things that sound and taste fabulous. One of the best times to go is brunch, when you can pay $35 to sample all the small plates you can eat and drink all of the brunch cocktails you can pour down your throat.
Here is a sampling of some of their best brunch dishes: First and foremost, order the cheese pie. A pillowy bundle of phyllo is stuffed with some kind of delicious crumbly cheese and baked to golden perfection. The dish comes with a pair of pies, but you should get as many orders as you can because it is impossible to get sick of these bad boys.
Second, their Balkan salad. It has all the makings of great salad including fresh tomatoes, sweet peppers, and heaps of tangy Framer’s cheeses, which is sort of like feta.
Next, their egg dishes. The fried egg BLT comes on a crusty roll and eggs benedict are doused in a kijmak sauce, which is a sauce made of all things creamy including butter, cream cheese, ricotta, AND sour cream. All of their eggs come with seasoned fries, perfect for dipping in the red pepper sauce that comes with the bread basket. (A bread basket which by the way is full of fried sourdough rolls. Greasy but heavenly).
Cornbread, roasted mushroom crepes, and a zucchini panini are also worth a try. Hey, its bottomless right? But save room for the strawyberry nutella waffle. As you know the BYT crew loves nutella and we know you do too (don’t deny it). The waffles are smothered in strawberries, whipped cream, and of course loads of luscious nutella. Eastern European food just might become your new favorite cuisine.