Located on the ground floor of the Ambassador Hotel is Siena Tuscan Steakhouse. I’ve heard many great things about this restaurant. It’s been high on my list of places to try and after one weekend, we decided to make reservations and swing by to see what the hype was all about.
104 S Broadway Ave
Wichita, KS 67202
Sunday – Thursday: 6:30am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 6:30am – 11pm
When we arrived our hostess seated us and without us asking, recommended that we try the lamb and the rabbit. Originally I was planning on ordering a steak since I was at a steakhouse but both of those dishes sounded great. Before that though, we started off with a soup and salad. My girlfriend loved her salad. It had a really refreshing vinaigrette that was incredibly light and flavorful. I had the sunchoke bisque which was hands down one of the top ten soups I’ve ever had in a restaurant. I don’t know what all it entailed but it’s something I want to learn how to make stat. If there were no other patrons in the restaurant, I would have put the bowl to my face and started licking the bowl dry.
Next up, we had the octopus carpaccio as an appetizer. This included eggplant caponata, pickled shallots, speck and golden raisins. After my time at Girl and the Goat in Chicago, I’m really starting to love carpaccio. Once again, our plate was cleaned off. We were now ready for our main course.
I had the pappardelle with braised rabbit (Rare Hare Barn, Leon, KS. Rare Hare Barns Rabbit | Ricotta Salata | Oregano | Lemon | Hand-Cut Pasta) and my girlfriend had the gnocchi with lamb (Braised Lamb Shank | Butternut Squash | Ricotta | Cippolini Onion).
Both dishes were phenomenal. The pappardelle noodles were the perfect carb choice to match up with the braised rabbit. It wasn’t as heavy of a dish as it appeared to be. The rabbit did not taste gamey, tough or dry at all. And the gnocchi with lamb was very well received. The lamb and gnocchi were both tender. It was described as delicious comfort food.
Between the two of us, we had five plates that were completely cleared off: a true dinner of happy plates so to speak. We were getting full but the food was so good we wanted to eat every last bite.
Our biggest regret was not ordering dessert. We simply did not have room. Our server did an excellent job all evening as well. If you’re wondering about price as that’s always a question for some, we spent around $84 that evening for dinner. For us, it was definitely worth it for the quality of food we received. We would certainly go back. Next time, I’ll have to try one of their steaks.
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