Restaurant Review: The Ambry - German/American Restaurant, Ft. Lauderdale.
The Ambry German-American Restaurant has been owned and operated by the same family since 1981. In those 20+ years, they are still doing something right.
The small restaurant is located on East Commercial Blvd. between the Intercoastal and US1 (right across the street from the Pomperdale Deli that we reviewed last week). This unique small restaurant packs great service, great food and a relaxing atmosphere into your meal.
The outside of the place almost resembles a small 'castle'. There are 2 unique 'windows' which consist of all different types of 'glasses' stuck in mortar. I must say that your first impression when you are walking up is that this is not your typical restaurant.
There is a small bar and the dining room is split into maybe 5 small rooms. There are trinkets from Germany that are at every turn. It was actually fun to see since it reminded me of the area where I grew up (Michigan). We were seated right away and drink orders were taken in a flash.
Running the risk of sounding 'old'...we got there for the 'Early Bird' specials. Yeah, Florida has that reputation that only the Seniors come out in droves for the deals. Well, it's partially true...but why not eat at 5:30 and save about $7 per person? Early Bird specials are served from 5 to 6 PM Monday thru Saturday. You get a choice of:
Soup of the Day or French Onion.
Choice of - Baked Potato, Spatzle, Homefries or Rice
Coffee or Tea
Choice of Dessert
We both went for the French Onion Soup. It was served with the croûton and melted cheese. It actually came out quickly and was very hot. It was one of the best versions I've had in a very long time. Tasted totally home-made.
Next course was the salad bar. It wasn't huge...but all the items were very fresh. German potato salad, Meat salad and cole slaw rounded out some of the pre-made salads. The croûtons were made in-house and were very good as well.
For the main course I ordered the Wiener Schnitzel. For those of you new to German food...it's a Veal Cutlet breaded and pan fried. It's a must at any German eatery. I got the spatzle as my side (another German specialty...a potatoey, pasta type side). The breading was light and tasty and the meat was very tender. The spatzel was also freshly prepared and was great.
Jeff ordered the Schweinbraten. That's the German way to say "Roast Pork". For his side, he ordered the Homefries. Let me say that we both LOVED this dish. I actually thought I was at my Grandmother's house for Sunday dinner. It was the best roast pork I've had in a restaurant and came with a 'gravy' that was perfect compliment. The Homefries were also very good with plenty of seasoning without being overdone.
Dessert consisted of a choice of Vanilla Pudding or Carrot Cake. We both chose the carrot cake which was a great way to top off a great meal.
The service was spot on and every person that checked on us was friendly and seemed very genuine. The total of the bill for all this food (plus soda & iced tea) came to $37 plus tip. That's not bad for a relaxing dinner, authentic fresh food and great service. While I suggest to get there for the early bird specials, I would pay regular price in a heart beat. They also serve lunch Monday - Friday.
The Ambry German-American Restaurant is located at:
3016 E. Commercial Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
FTLToday's restaurant grade: A