Cuban Restaurant

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El Ambia means...

Ambia means Friend in the Cuban's slang.

When you visit El Ambia we treat you as our best friend. 

We offer to you authentic Cuban cuisine made with Love.

Welcome to El Ambia Cubano, Melbourne's friendliest Cuban Restaurant.
Since 2009
You'll feel like you're walking into our house when you 

step through our doors. 

Enjoy the fresh, homemade food and drinks, and lose yourself in the rich, musical, atmosphere, history and love

Ambia:  friend, buddy, a good feeling or ambiance with the best selected products in the market today.

Each employee  is trained one on one by our manager for food safety and the best customers services.

El Ambia… Keeping Melbournians grooving since 2009

El Ambia was founded in Historical down town Melbourne, in May 2009

The owner defected from Cuba in  an airplane piloted by him self  right before 1994 Cuban Rafter Crisis.

In 2008 he visited his Oldest son airman at Patric Air-force Base and got fascinated with Melbourne. He decide than to bring  Cuban, food, music culture and history to Melbourne.

The owner said: Ambia is my Cuba, customers are my family and friends, It keep my country's nostalgia estable.

This is a place for a Romantic Night, meet new friend, your future better half, learn Spanish, dance, have especial inexpensive lunch during lunch brakes, and talk about aviation.

Get food for your especial event deliver to your door.

You can also gossip, flirt, cry and we will keep it confidential.


What to expect

Great fresh,authentic cuban food, lovely atmosphere and decoration, outdoor sitting, water view, live music,

El Ambia’s seating is outside, sheltered though its patio may be. Inside, you sit at plain wooden tables or, if you prefer the counter, on conga drums amid décor that is pre-Castro Havana, from the films on the television to the art on the walls.

Lyn Dowling for Florida Today said: The latter includes the uniform coat of Alfredo Hernandez, the heroic pilot who flew a Cuban airliner to freedom years ago. He owns El Ambia, and you have to smile when you enter because the place is just so . . . Cuban. El Ambia really does not have what your white-tablecloths-and-tuxedos-style restaurants — wonderful in their own right — would serve in their dining rooms. It’s what your fled-from-Fidel neighbors would serve at their dinner tables. The menu is exactly what you’d expect: lots of pork, including sandwiches, plus seafood, chicken and beef, fresh seafood and dessert.

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El Ambia Cubano Restaurant

950 E Melbourne Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901, US

(321) 327-8389

Hours

Monday - Thursday: 11am - 2:30pm

                                   5pm - 9;00pm


Friday      11am- 10pm (All DAY OPEN)

Saturday  12M- 10PM ( ALL DAY OPEN)

Sunday: Closed

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Cuban food ★ Cuban coffee ★Cuban energy

El Ambia Cubano

When we opened Ambia in May 2009 it was with the dream of offering not just great 

authentic food and a sweet cafecito, but also a little of everything that makes Cuba 

so enchanting ~ the music, the energy, the culture, the art, the warmth.  

Thanks for being here (950 E Melbourne, Ave, Melbourne Fl 32901.

ADVISORYConsuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have a medical condition.

 

APPETIZER

YUCA RELLENA  Casava stuffed with picadillo (ground beef) 3  

          

YUCA FRITAYuca sticks, fried and drizzled with mojo/onion house sauce  5.5    

YUCA HERVIDA  Boiled Yuca with Ambia’s delicious mojo onion house sauce 4.5

PAPA RELLENA   Mashed potato ball stuffed with picadillo 3

  

HAM OR CHICKEN CROQUETAS Ground ham or chicken tubes, breaded  3.8

SHRIMPS CRIOLLOS  Juicy jumbo shrimp sautéed in a garlic sauce with our secret Cuban touch 7.50 

 

TAMAL  Pork-stuffed cornmeal, wrapped in a cornhusk .2.85    

 (  add shredded beef for 2.5) …..so delicious

MADUROS Sweet plantains   2.5

      

TOSTONES Green plantains with Ambia’s delicious garlic mojo  2.2

  

TOSTONES RELLENOS   Tostones( 3) with pork, shredded beef, or ground beef  6.

  

EMPANADAS Doughy pockets filled with beef, chicken, or pork (2 per order)  4.8

   

ENSALADA Fresh spring mix salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions  4.75

   (Add chicken Breast 6) 

  

ARROZ BLANCO  White rice 1.5

 

ARROZ AMARILLO   Yellow rice 2  

BEANS  slow-cooked, Cuban-style black beans (black bean soup )   2.3/5.49

CUBAN BREAD   1.5

 

ADVISORYConsuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have a medical condition.

 

 

AMBIA-STYLE ENTREES

MASAS DE PUERCO FRITA13.5

Succulent Tender pork chunks dunked, fried, marinated and drizzled with our mojo onion house sauce includes white rice, black beans and maduros

CUBAN STYLE ROASTED PORK12.5

Our “melts in your mouth” roasted pork is slowly roasted to perfection with Cuban love. Includes white rice, black beans, and maduros.

CONTRA FIDEL (SURF & TURF)  21

Sautéed steak and fish fillet served with a fresh spring salad, yellow rice, and maduros. 

PALOMILLA STEAK  13.99

Thin beefsteak sautéed with the freshest onions and served with black beans, white rice, and maduros

ROPA VIEJA 12.50

Tender shredded beef in a tomato-based sauce, garlic, onions and peppers, with white rice,

red or black beans, and maduros.

PICADILLO  12.5

Cuban style seasoned ground beef with olives, served with red beans, white rice & maduros

CHURRASCO 15.5

Our Churrasco is a juicy “certified Angus cut skirt steak” topped with our green tangy chimichurri sauce that will satisfy every taste-bud and served with yellow rice and a fresh garden salad (includes onions) Kick start your cravings while you read it.

POLLO ASADO 11.99

Our tender mojo-marinated leg 1/4 roasted chicken, served with white rice, black beans, and maduros.

CHICKEN BREAST12.99

Sautéed chicken breast with white rice and asparagus.

VEGGIE PLATE10.5

Ask any day for the veggie platter (known  as the Communist Platter) Hard to get meet in Cuba.
Includes our black beans, rice, 2 maduros, One tostone, and green salad ( add cheese croquete 2)

HEMINGWAY RICE16.5

Seafood paella with lobster, fish, and shrimp cooked together with yellow

rice in our secret broth. With sweet plantains and a salad.

FISH PLATE 14.99

Sautéed fish with cilantro  mango onion sauce served with yellow rice maduros and salad.

SALMON & SRIMP 17.99

Sautéed Salmon, Juice Jumbo  shrimps, served with yellow rice, fried yuca and asparagus.

WHOLE SNAPER  25

Lightly deep fried whole Snapper served with yellow rice, black beans, tostones and salad

CAMARON EXILIADO (EXILED SHRIMP)15.99

Wonderful flavor combination, garlic, extra virgin oil, oregano and…. I will not give you my recipe. Served with white rice and maduros

ADVISORYConsuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have a medical condition.

SANDWICHES

 

THE CUBAN 8.5  So much controversy, so much flavor. This is Alfredo’s Cuban Sandwich version. 

Cuban Roasted pork, ham, Swiss, mustard/mayo, and pickles pressed to flat perfection.

MEDIANOCHE   8.5  

Just like a Cuban, isn’t it? But on sweeter bread.

PAN CON LECHON 8  

Shredded roasted pork wearing nothing but mojo and onions on Cuban bread.

PAN CON BISTEK 9.5  (please allow up to 10 minutes)  

Mojo-marinated steak sandwich, mayonnaise w/tomato, lettuce, onion, & shoestring potatoes.

TE LO DIJE 7.9  

Ham or chicken croquetas, Swiss, ham & mustard/mayo on Cuban bread. Because everyone enjoys a good “I told you so.”

PAN CON ROPA VIEJA  8.9

Bread with shredded beef, tomatoes , spring mix salad & shoestring potatoes.

CHICKEN BREAST SANDWICH  8.9  

Sautéed Chicken  with mustard/mayo, tomatoes and lettuce.

FISH SANDWICH  9.5  

Fish Fillet breaded or Sautéed with mustard/mayo, tomatoes  ,spring lettuce.

ADVISORYConsuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have a medical condition.

DESSERTS ~ POSTRES

AMBIAS FLAN  (Ambia’s Custard dessert with a layer of soft caramel on top)  4.5

PASTELES     ( warm sweet Cuban pastries )  2.5

BREAD PUDDINGWith Rum Sauce, whipped cream and cherry  4 

 

TRES LECHES   Moist spongy  cake  4.5

RICE PUDDING  2.5 

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE  5 

CASQUITOS DE GUAYABA  Guava shells with cream cheese (Seasonal Item)  4

DULCE DE FRUTA BOMBA (PAPAYA) with cream cheese  (Seasonal Item)4

DRINKS

BATIDO (Cuban milkshake) mango, pineapple, strawberry, or chocolate.4.  

our shakes have no ice cream, They have actual fruit in milk or water

LEMONADE  3.5

LEMONADE & MINT (FROZEN )  4.5   

ICED TEA  2.50  

HOT TEA / HERBAL TEA 2.25

SODA 1.95

Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Root Beer, Jupina, Materva, Iron beer. 

MALTA 2.5

BOTTLED WATER 1.9  

MILK 2.50  

HOT CHOCOLATE  3

 

COFFEE

CAFECITO( Cuban Coffee) 2.5  

Tiny and enduring like the Island itself, strong and sweet like its people.

COLADA3.75  

3 cafecitos in one so you can share with your friends. They’ll love you for it!

CORTADITO(Don’t forget to order a flan too, it is just  a deliciouuuuuuuuuuuuus combination.)Cafecito with a drop of evaporated milk, tastes like a dream and has less caffeine. 

CAFÉ CON LECHE4.5

Cafecito with steamed milk. So good! Impress your guest ordering it for her/him. Order it with 

decaf and even your children will love it.

ICED COFFE  4.5

ALCHOLIC BREVERAGES

MOJITO  7  Refreshing and Delicious our famous Mojito 

PIÑA COLADA 7

CUBA LIBRE (LITTLE LIE)  (rum/coke)6      

MARGARITA  7      

BLOODY MARY 7  

SANGRIA  (RED or  WHITE  ) 5/glass  18/pitcher  

WINE  (Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Moscato, Merlot, Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Vino tinto.  

BEER ~ domestic3.5      

Budweiser, Bud Light, Yuengling, Samuel Adams, Miller Lite,

BEER ~ imported  5           

Alhambra, Corona, Corona Light, Negra Modelo, Modelo Especial, Heineken, Red Stripe,Presidente,  Presidente Light

 

LUNCH FEATURES OF THE DAY ~ LOS ESPECIALES DE ALMUERZO 9

MONDAY TO FRIDAY 11am-2pm  or until finish

MONDAY ~ PICADILLO

Seasoned ground beef, red beans, white rice & sweet plantains

TUESDAY ~ POLLO ASADO

Mojo-marinated roasted chicken, white rice, black beans, sweet plantains

WEDNESDAY ~ ARROZ CON POLLO

Chicken & yellow rice, black beans, sweet plantains

THURSDAY ~ ROPA VIEJA

Tender shredded beef in a tomato-based sauce, white rice,

red beans, sweet plantains

FRIDAY ~ BOLICHE

Cuban sautéed beef stuffed with chorizo and green olives, with white rice,

black beans, and  sweet plantains

CHILDREN MENU (ONLY FOR CHILDREN).  

Stop eating fast junk food and try Cuban Food

(Adults will be charged double)  Not a joke 

I is a actually a joke.

HAM AND CHEESE SANDWICH  5.5  

Top quality ham and Swiss cheese in a Cuban bread pressed.

CUBAN CHESSE STICKS( 2 croquetas ) 2  

   

BLACK BEANS AND RICE. 4

Little Sneaky Plate: It is free for children  0.00        

We will bring you a set of Silverware and when your parents are not looking or get distracted; you will take whatever you like from their plate, very Sneaky,

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