Ambiance Caribbean Restaurant
Brooklyn, NY 11236
- Sun 10am-2am, Mon 4pm-12am, Tue-Fri 1pm-12am, Sat 10am-1am
- MasterCard, Visa
- Takeout, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible
- Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
- Full bar
- Not Accepted
Village Voice's Description
This roadhouse, with a glitzy banquet room in back, offers a greatest hits of Haitian cuisine. The entrees are voluminous, well-plated, and exquisitely prepared, and note that there are no appetizers, sides, or desserts. Ambiance means business! Top of the charts is the griot, a confit of pork chunks marinated in citrus and shallots, then fried to crispness in the rendered lard. Though it means simply "vegetables" in French, "legumes" is a splendid cook-up of green leaf vegetables and meat, demonstrating the African underpinnings of Haitian food. The fried chicken is as good as any in Brooklyn, decorated with a few lonely onion rings. All entrees come with an introductory salad and your choice of various combinations of rice and beans.
Tips from foursquare
Get the djon djon rice-cooked in the colored and flavored mushroom water and then further flavored with shallots, garlic, and thyme that have been sautéed in butter.
They brought Riz Djon Djon to Choice Eats and everyone loved it! Give it a try with some mixed vegetables.
Winner of Best Haitian in the Village Voice 2011 Best Of issue! Legumes are not actually legumes here, but a beer and veggie stew.
Taso and plaintains are good with the pick-lees