Last week I strolled downtown to try out the lunch menu at Ambria, a new restaurant on the 16th Street Mall.
When you walk into the restaurant, you’ll notice that the decor is fairly monotone and earthy. I found the inside remarkable due to it’s lack of diversity, and thought that it still needed a splash of color. My concerns about the food also tasting “monotone” were quickly squashed when my plate arrived. It was a nicely presented lamb skewer with pita, fries, and veggies. I’m kind of a sucker for a good lamb plate — particularly a kebab. Everything I had was tasty and I wiped the plate clean with pita bread.
When you look over the menu, you’ll notice that the selection is sparce. It’s more of a chef selection menu than a huge smorgasbord. That’s fine with me as long as I can find something to order. If you get a plate for lunch, there are several sides to choose from, like sweet potato fries, garden greens salad, caesar salad, and squash soup. Personally, I’m a fan of the basic hand-cut fries when I get a kebab plate.
My friend had a lamb burger and said it was fantastic. His plate was also clean when he was finished. He promised to come back to the restaurant again to try more menu selections.
If you go, you’ll notice the water glasses are filled from these huge glass bottles. This is something else I admire about restaurants — the bottle was definitely overkill, yet I liked the added experience. It’s the effort that counts here. Plus they don’t pour regular water from it, it was the tasty, without-a-taste water, if you know what I mean.
If you’re looking for a reasonable lunch at a reasonable price (and some good lamb) when you’re in downtown Denver — check out Ambria.