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Ambrosia on Huntington

By: Kellie K. Speed

We have heard a lot of Amthony's Ambrose's chic French-Asian fused restaurant on Huntington Avenue so we went in one evening to see what the commotion was all about.

On a Thursday evening at 8 p.m., there was not an empty seat available in the restaurant. We were seated at a cozy table and noticed several large parties around us, most of them being corporate dinners.

Our server greeted us and quickly took our order for drinks. Upon arrival, he brought with him a basket of fresh bread and accompanying sample of caramelized onions with cranberries, an unusual treat.

With appetizer like half lobster over a Breton crepe with shiitake vinaigrette ($16), sautéed foie gras with mango and fava beans ($18), and yellow fin tuna tartar over fennel and Chanterelle mushrooms ($14), we figured the restaurant could not go wrong with its offerings.

My friend and I sampled the Hamachi sashimi over kelp risotto and cauliflower sauce ($13) and steamed mussels in bacon and garlic broth with gnocchi and zucchini ($9). They were both wonderfully prepared.

Our server seemed a bit overwhelmed with the number of tables he was responsible for. Ambrosia is not the place to go if you are in a rush to get somewhere after dinner. It took us two and one-half hours before we were ready to leave.

Ambrosia offers organic salads and greens, including Belgian Endive with spring carrots and grapefruit citrus vinaigrette ($9) and romaine leaves "Caesar style" with crisp parmesan tuile ($12).

Dinners here are heavenly. I ordered the ahi tuna crusted with chive and pink peppercorns, prepared medium ($29). The dish arrived looking almost too good to eat. My friend sampled the brioche and bacon crusted Atlantic cod with spring peas and carrot miso glaze ($28). We weren't sure which entrée to declare the winner.

If you would rather have a beef selection, try the organic cut pig chop with parsnip puree ($29), farm raised venison ($29) or dry aged bone-in 14 ounce sirloin ($34). 

Vegetarians may opt for the chive risotto with soy peas and vegetables ($16) or traditional pasta with purple olives in a basil tomato broth ($18).

Other seafood entrees included the seared salmon filet with potato puree ($28) and sautéed skate wing with artichokes, zucchini and rice beans ($27).

For reservations or more information, call 617-247-2400.

Ambrosia on Huntington
116 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

Phone: 617-247-2400

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Kellie Speed - Click to enlarge

Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahners’ Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

If you would like to email Kellie any suggestions or comments, please do so at kkspeed@aol.com.

 

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