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Make a Date to Meet Ambar

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We found a modern Balkan beauty named Ambar; her profile couldn’t be more perfect.

Bio: Moved into Barracks Row a week ago. Direct descendant of Serbian restaurateur Ivan Iricanin (El Centro D.F., Masa 14).

Height/Body Type: Standing two stories tall, she has copper-topped bars, a heated patio, and farmhouse touches like rough wood walls and blown-glass pendant lights.

Assets: Chef Bojan Bocvarov, formerly of Belgrade hotspot Mala Fabrika Ukusa (Little Factory of Taste), dishes mezze like mushroom-stuffed crepes, platters of slow-roasted meat, and regional favorites like stuffed sour cabbage. Pastry whiz Danilo Bucan preps outré sweets — such as Forrest Gnocchi (tarragon pasta served with chocolate mousse sauce dabbed with orange gel, black tea glaze, and passion fruit foam) — to order.

Personality: Thirty varieties of the Balkans’ favorite fruit brandy, rakia, keeps cheeks rosy. She’s ready to have kids (see: cherry colored high chairs).

Hobbies: Community service takes the form of a weekday happy hour (5-7 p.m.), with small plates and beer and wine, all just $4.

Tell your friends she’s real.

Ambar, 523 8th Street Southeast, between E and G Streets (202-813-3039 or ambarrestaurant.com).

Photo: Kate Gibbs for DailyCandy

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523 8th St SE
bt E & G Sts
Washington, DC 20003