Today’s review: The Ambry/ German Cuisine – Commercial Bvld, West of the Intracoastal Bridge
If you like chi-chi places that serve 2 peas on a toothpick and a wedge of cucumber as the main course, and a whiff of tofu on one spinach leaf as dessert, stay away from The Ambry. If you complain because your size zero hip hugging jeans have gotten a bit tight, The Ambry might not be the right place for you either. If you are a vegan, or a vegetarian – do not approach The Ambry, stop reading right now, best, cancel your summer vacation to Germany since Germans love… and I mean L O V E their meat.
The restaurant itself is a little dark inside, with a couple of dining rooms, and a number of gaudy “ decorations ” on the wall, like stuffed wildlife, frying pans, baking dishes and a huge variety of bier steins – actually there is a very cool collection of the official Munich Octoberfest beer stein and each year one get’s added. Each entrée includes the salad bar, which is small BUT… contains german potato salad, yes, the one with vinegar and bacon bits, generally served warm. Service is very friendly, the wine list plentiful and the menu is… huge and yummy.
What I like about The Ambry is that you can find things on the menu generally not easily found in other restaurants, such as venison, buffalo meat, rainbow trout, rabbit and liver. The schnitzel, which is pan fried veal, comes with a variety of sauces and spaetzle, the traditional german noodle. Ahh, and the red cabbage! Anybody who has not had red cabbage has my condolences. The homemade apple strudel is to die for! The atmosphere is casual, prices are ok considering the quality of the food, I don’t feel like I have gotten ripped off like in so many other places. All in all, on the Favorite’s list The Ambry gets an 8 out of 10.
Forget the burgers and french fries for a change, and try some food from the other side of the pond! Guten Appetit!