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Surprised that Dettera in Ambler doesn't get more love on this board


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Surprised that Dettera in Ambler doesn't get more love on this board

middleagedfoodie | Apr 20, 2013 02:31 AM

My husband and I have been to Dettera at least 10 times since it first opened. We have seldom been disappointed and frequently wowed. I know it is not cheap for the burbs, but the quality is imo equal to anything good downtown. Last night's meal there was perhaps the most exceptional to date.

We shared two appetizers: the lightest housemade ravioli in a delicious jus and a first for both of us, lamb belly which must be tried, if you are a fan of the currently ubiquitous pork belly. I liked the ravioli slightly more only because it was lighter. For entrees, I ordered blue cod, which is more like traditional cod than it is like black cod. It was perfectly prepared with crispy skin, served on a bed of interesting crunchy veggies that didn't overpower the delicate fish. My husband had duck that was as soft as a confit, although it was served as a steak, accompanied by a delicious risotto and pieces of super flavorful maitakes.

Since we had cocktails first, we only ordered wine by the glass. I was not that familiar with the glass offerings, but the waiter did an excellent job of wine pairing each of the entrees.

We shared a carmelly pannacota and one glass of dessert wine and finished with single espressos that would be considered doubles at most places. Not a cheap meal; over $200 with tip, but worth it.

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