Serbian restaurateur Ivan Iricanin has released more details about his upcoming Ambar restaurant, a modern take on Serbian cuisine coming to Capitol Hill. Iricanin Iricanin and his partner Richard Sandoval toured Serbia twice to get menu ideas, and now have further outlined the concept. Here are five new details about the restaurant, which will open at 523 8th Street SE.
· Though the restaurant is Serbian, Iricanin said there will be a heavy Mediterranean influence found in the cooking.
· Here are a few dishes you'll see on the menu: stuffed turkey fillet with ajvar and homemade cheese with bacon and mashed potato, goose liver pate with apple jelly and other accents, slow-cooked pork neck with horseradish ice cream, grilled goat cheese with duck cracklings salsa, and cheese pie with tzaziki salad.
· Iricanin had said before that Rakija, a fruit brandy, would be a main focus of the beverage program. He is now looking at the possibility of making his own in-house.
· The design of the restaurant, from Serbian firm Atelje AL, will feature photos of old Balkan, Mediterranean textiles and natural wood.
· A mid-January opening is looking likely. The restaurant will first open for dinner and later add lunch and brunch.