DC is getting a modern take on Balkan cuisine with the new Ambar, from Ivan Iricanin, opening today on Capitol Hill at 523 8th Street, SE. The restaurant from the Masa 14 and El Centro D.F. veteran features unique touches such as the city's first first Rakia Bar (a fruit liqueur), as well as plenty of mezze and creations from Serbian chef Bojan Bocvarov.
The restaurant was designed by Branimir Lukic of Atelje AL Inc., a Serbian firm. In the restaurant, which was still putting on the finishing touches Friday when Eater toured the space, you can see pictures of the Balkan Peninsula, Mediterranean textiles, plenty of natural wood, lots of light and geometric patterns. Ambar stretches over multiple levels, with a spacious bar and liquor displayed infusing on shelves.
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