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Ambar - The Ultimate Balkan Experience

Updated: Mar 16, 2023

Looking to discover a new restaurant in the Arlington, Virginia area? We urge you to check out Ambar right this second and make a reservation as soon as possible because it is about to become the newest hot spot in the Clarendon area.

Many food enthusiasts choose a restaurant based on the menu offerings. However, we are featuring Ambar as our Restaurant of the Week not only for their menu choices, but also for their humbling service and incredible dining experience.

Located right on the corner of Wilson Boulevard and North Fillmore Street, Ambar delivers the ultimate "Balkan Experience" through allowing guests to taste true Eastern European cuisine. Their menu offers an array of "small plates" with the option to get unlimited dishes for just $35. With Happy Hour offered Monday through Friday from 4-7 PM, where could you go wrong?

When you walk into the new Clarendon location, guests are transported into another world. The combination of the carrara marble bar, photos of Eastern Europe throughout, and the hanging greenery in the cozy dining space (pictured below) make for a truly unique Balkan experience.

Our favorites? You can't go wrong with trying Ambar's signature dish, Stuffed Sour Cabbage, which is filled with potato mash, pork belly, rice and yogurt and takes nearly 6 hours to prepare. We also indulged in their Cheese Pies, which consist of a mouthwatering, flakey phyllo crust, stuffed with cheese, garlic yogurt and spinach. To top that off, we paired their refreshingly smooth Belgrade Mules with a Grilled Veggie Flatbread. What makes their cocktails so special? The Belgrade Mule (pictured below) is pleasantly different than any other traditional "Moscow Mule" beverage in that it is made up of Mixed Berry Brandy, Ginger Purre, Lime and Ginger Beer.

By now, we hope we have convinced you to make a reservation as you finish reading this. To learn more about Ambar, please visit their website. Look out for a future 2017 Discover Arlington cooking class with Ambar!

*Pictures from @Ambar_Clarendon Instagram account and Ambar's Website

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