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Ambiente in Alhambra

Ernie | Sep 11, 200306:58 PM

Main St in Alhambra seems to be getting more chic every day, a far cry from my high school days there and dealing with horrible burgers at Rick's and $1.25 banh mi at the old, lamented Thanh Loy. Couple nights ago tried dinner at Ambiente, an upscale-ish Nuevo Latino bar/club and restaurant.

Its a nice space, you can tell they put some money in the design with a good sized dance floor, VIP lounge, and indoor and outdoor dinner seating. Unfortunately, salsa lessons were taking place and the music was blasting very loudly both indoor and out so it made conversation impossible.

Dinner started out with a nifty Cuban cigar box, when opened revealed some tasty mini blue cornbread pieces and pita-like chips with butter (a bit hard and unappetizing though). Started with a side order of red cabbage coleslaw that was just OK. Fresh cabbage and good sized portion but really not that much flavor. Main dish was a Sonora Skirt Steak which was better. A thin cut stuffed with spinach and cotija cheese, garnished with thin tortilla strips and served with white rice and good black beans. Others at our table had a flavorful seared Ahi tuna salad which was nicely seasoned and "Drunken" Carnitas. The carnitas were tastier than my steak although a little on the dry side. Suprisingly decent wine list. The service was excellent, they even folded my napkin after I returned from restroom.

All in all it was a satisfying meal. I think its more of a dance and bar place, as the week before checked out a groovin'local band and the place was completely swingin'

Link: http://cityofalhambra.org/about/dinin...

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