The Cork Dorks had a long couple of weeks so we decided to get together and relax over dinner, drinks, and good conversation. It was sort of a last minute thing as to where to go, luckily Rachel pulled through for us with a restaurant known as Ambli. I had never heard of it but Rachel said it was a tapas place so I was excited.
Driving up to the restaurant was sort of weird, I knew it was located in a strip mall but I did not expect it to be sandwiched in between a McDonald’s and a Dollar Tree. Before I even got out of the car I was skeptical as to wether or not this place would be worth our time. Not wanting to be rude I parked and went inside, Rachel and Dana were already seated and got the run down from our server so I quickly sat down. Luckily the decór inside was much more appealing than the outside; it put me at ease a little and also reminded me not to be so quick to judge a book by its cover.
One of their Wednesday night specials is a bottle of the house Chardonnay (unoaked) for $20, we decided to ask for a taste before we ordered a bottle and we were glad we did. It was not what we wanted; instead I ordered a glass of rosé while Rachel and Dana started with cocktails. For a place that speaks about wines so heavily, I was a little underwhelmed with their list. Ok, to some of you that sounds really extreme but I am particular when it comes to that kind of stuff.
Their dinner menu was eclectic with dishes like Portuguese Garlic Shrimp, Saag Chicken Quesadilla, and Green Curry Mahi Mahi. After much debate we ordered the Tuna Jalapeño Ceviche, Poblano Corn Dip, and the Bistro Tenderloin Naan Tostadas to start.
The ceviche alone was great but I didn’t care for the chips they put with it so overall it wasn’t a favorite of mine.
The corn dip was my second favorite dish of the night. It was served with what seemed to be house made corn chips that added nice texture to the dish. The dip was a creamy corn béchamel sauce with chunks of grilled poblano peppers and onion folded in making for a decent presentation.
However, my favorite dish of the evening was the tostadas, hands down. It came was served as warm pieces of Naan bread smeared with goat cheese and a fig onion jalepeño marmalade topped with grilled tenderloin strips, garnished with fresh scallions and cilantro.
As much as the experience is about the food and drinks, the ambiance, it is also about the other people around the table with you. I think one of the greatest things about going out to eat is who you go out with. I say that because so much of dinning out is building relationships with people. Its a time where people tend to let their guard down a little and let you into more of who they are as a person which I find fascinating.
Needless to say, we had a lovely evening out together and now it’s time to get back to studying. If I choose to take the exam in October/November like I originally planned, I have a lot of work to do between now and then.
Until next time…
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