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“Nice ambiance, but touristy and not good enough”
Review of Ambiente restaurant - MOVED

Ambiente restaurant
Cuisines: European, Contemporary, Latvian
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Description: Riga justly is called the metropolis of Art Nouveau of European scale. Here one can get to know Art Nouveau in art, architecture and in taste delights as well. In old Riga Kaleju Str. 9/11 everyone will be welcomed in a restaurant KONVENTS that is the first restaurant in Latvia, where one can experience Art Nouveau not only in the interior and especial atmosphere, but as well in the menu and exquisite offering style.Restaurant KONVENTS amazes with the luxurious interior that tells about Riga in the time of Art Nouveau, about values of the upper class, demands and attitude to each and every tiny detail. Here everyone can enjoy diversity of Latvian cuisine that is supplemented with luxury and particularity characteristic to the time of Art Nouveau, as well as relish the interflow of food preparation, taste and flavours. Restaurant KONVENTS is shaped as a classical 5 room apartment of 20th century Art Nouveau in Riga with kitchen, dining room, living room, cabinet and library.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
246 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Nice ambiance, but touristy and not good enough”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

The different rooms are atmospheric, but I was not really content with this restaurant. During the Riga restaurant week, Ambiente offered a three-course set menu for €15. As I was in Riga the whole week, I could compare; and taking everything into consideration, this one was definitely the least good of the four restaurants I sampled.

The food is basic, and lacking any refinement. After a starter combining chopped tomato, cheese and white asparagus, the main dish was a modest portion of bland rabbit with chewy bits accompanied by ... green asparagus. The ice with the dessert was of the supermarket kind.

Service was not very friendly and attentive either. I was reprimanded for being "a little late." Then, when I ordered the (cheapest) house wine, I was told this wine was "finished" -- but the convention is that if a wine ordered is no longer available, the restaurant offers a better one at the same price!

Even though this was a set (and surprise) menu, each of the dishes was put in front of me without an explanation of what was on the plate.

My sense is that this restaurant attracts lots of tourists, groups among them, and despite the pleasant art nouveau design, I would give it a miss; there are many much better options in Riga.

  • Visited May 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Deserves Far Higher Rating”
Reviewed 3 March 2014

The Baltic and Nordic cuisine here is authentic and really good and above all, very reasonably priced. There are two dining rooms to choose from and the waiting staff are very friendly and attentive.

Visited February 2014
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Santorini, Greece
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“good but not great”
Reviewed 3 December 2013

The restaurant is kind of divided in a couple rooms, you may get in the empty one...well the idea is nice, but when the restaurant is more empty than full, feeling is not very good.
The food is kind-of French, also latvian dishes. It's pretty good! Basically the main thing is was lacking is the vibe!

  • Visited November 2013
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