Ambli Global Cuisine, 5278 N. Nevada Ave., opened in the University Village and serves food that takes you on a magic carpet tour with flavors from around the world with no airfare.
“Our menu has a story,” says Pariza Mehta, who owns the restaurant with Kelly Morrison.
It’s the story of Mehta and her well-traveled family and head chef, Ricardo Morffin, who is from Mexico City. Mehta grew up in family-run restaurants in Tanzania. Her great-great-grandparents immigrated to East Africa from India, so their food is a mix of those cultural influences as well as foods from other trips and the flavors Morffin brought to the table.
What does Ambli mean? It is the word for “tamarind” in Gujarati, one of the languages of India. Not surprisingly, the sweet and sour taste of tamarind can be found in several of the restaurant’s dishes.
The best way to experience the multiculturalism and appreciate the food prepared at the Ambli is through the five-course tasting menu ($ 45 to $ 50 and $ 99 paired with wine). Over several hours you will travel from France via Africa to India to Asia, with flavors of Mexico to be found here and there. All courses are beautifully coated and served theatrically, followed by a visit from the chef to explain the dish or answer questions.
Better yet, reserve a spot at the chef’s table, which is served for dining from an open kitchen overlooking a horseshoe bar. One is scheduled for late August and features Morffin’s Mexican cuisine. Follow facebook.com/AmbliGlobalCuisine for details.
The opening times are Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. for lunch, Tuesday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner, Tuesday to Friday from 2.30 p.m. to 6 p.m. for happy hour and Saturday and Saturday from 10.45 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. for brunch on Sundays. Details: 308-5579, amblidenver.com.
Small Business Week’s Truck Cookoff has evolved into a license to eat due to COVID-19. For $ 25, you can get a guide with 24 participating food trucks, valid through April 2021. Each book includes a voucher for a free meal (worth $ 10). Truck cooks serve specials. Visit pikespeaksbdc.org/sbw.
Wine as art
Holy Cross Abbey Harvest Fest has been canceled due to COVID-19, but some elements of the event will continue to evolve.
The annual posters, t-shirts and special festival wines are available at the 3011 EUS 50 winery gift shop in Cañon City. The poster, shirts, and label on the wine bottles are printed with artwork by Pat Wiles of Cañon City, who won the annual Harvesting Art competition. It shows a wine glass with a picture of the monastery.
The artworks by Wales, as well as those of runner-up and runner-up, can be seen in the Fine Arts Center until Friday. The FAC will benefit from the proceeds from the sale of the specially labeled Harvest Series 2020.
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