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Published: Friday, November 26, 2010, 12:01 a.m.

Enjoy Asian fusion at Mukilteo’s cozy Ambrosia

Sitting down at a table at Ambrosia in Mukilteo feels like settling down in a living room at a friend’s home, complete with the warmth from a fireplace insert.
Ambrosia is a new restaurant in Mukilteo. The place occupies a small old home that’s impossible to describe without using the word “cozy.”
The dining area is just a few small rooms with a few tables each. The food is Asian fusion, leaning heavily toward Thai-styled food.
We started off our meals with a selection from the interesting tea menu. My husband ordered a blackberry tea and I tried the Leaves of Provence. The tea was pleasant on a wet, cold evening. It had a mild flavor of mint and citrus. I would like a chance to try some of the other teas on their menu — it is a long list. I was pleased to see something beyond green, black and jasmine.
For an appetizer, we ordered the Rama Rolls ($4.75). The cucumber, carrots and lettuce were all rolled up in a spring roll wrapper. The wrapper was a bit heavier and heftier than your typical delicate wrap. The rolls were served sliced into handy bite-sized pieces, ideal for dipping into the puddle of peanut sauce. The rolls were simple but fresh and crisp, and the peanut sauce tasted great.
We also shared a bowl of soup among the three of us. Tom Kah (cup $4.75, bowl $7.95) was worth the whole trip. The soup is wonderfully creamy with coconut milk, yet somehow it didn’t feel even a little bit heavy.
It is a hot and sour soup, and you can ask for a level of heat you prefer. We asked for a two (out of four stars) and it had a gentle heat that balanced out nicely with the coconut milk. Next time I think I will ask for it a bit hotter, though. We ordered our soup with tofu, but you can also get it with chicken or prawns. The soup also includes perfectly cooked mushrooms, galingale and lemon grass. My husband declared it “an explosion of flavor,” dramatically miming an explosion. Despite his clowning, he was right, the soup did pack a full punch of flavor.
I order Larb salad ($9.95). The diced chicken was served with red onion, mint and lime juice. It had a vaguely sweet flavor that I couldn’t quite place. The cabbage that is served on the side is used to scoop up the salad in big, somewhat messy bites. Add some rice, if you like, and you can take advantage of all of the tasty sauce.
We had planned to order Royal Duck ($13.50), which was roasted duck topped with pineapples, cranberries, cherry tomatoes, sweet basil and coconut and red curry sauce. It sounded delicious, but our waitress apologized and said they were out of the duck and lamb, both of which had been very popular, she said.
We ended up ordering Garlic Pepper Pork for my husband and Indi chicken for my mother (both $14.95).
The pork was fork-tender and moist. The chicken was described as being marinated in coconut milk, cumin and other herbs. It was moist but bland compared to the other dishes. The house sauce served on the side was a nice touch; everything, meat and veggies alike, tasted good dipped in it.
The pork and chicken were very similar dishes. Both were served with the same steamed vegetables. Since we were sharing around the table, it was a poor strategic choice. Next time I will aim for more variety. Mango Curry ($12.95) also sounded good, as did Mussels in the Red Sea ($14.95), which is mussels cooked in red curry, basil, bell pepper, cherry tomato, carrot, zucchini and coconut milk.
We finished off our meal with black rice pudding and mango ice cream. The rice pudding was served very hot and was well done. The rice had a lovely firm texture and the pudding wasn’t too sweet. The mango ice cream was a nice finish after the spice of the Larb salad.
I’m happy we tried Ambrosia. It’s a nice addition to Mukilteo. The good food and friendly service made for a very pleasant meal. When we left, I realized we’d stayed nearly an hour longer than I’d intended. It was an extra hour well spent.
415 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo; www.; 425-355-7393
Specialty: Asian fusion
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays for lunch; 4:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 4:30 to 8 p.m. Sundays for dinner.
Alcohol: Beer and wine
Credit cards: Visa and Mastercard. Checks not accepted.
Story tags » Dining

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