Chow Town

Wichita’s Ambassador hotel is a get-away in the middle of Kansas

The Ambassador Hotel Collection opened in Wichita not too long ago and if you’re familiar with the chic boutique sister hotel in KC, this is no different.

Besides the lavish rooms and impeccable service of the hotel staff, the restaurant, Siena Tuscan Steakhouse (Siena) brings the standards of hotel dining soaring through the roof.

Actually don’t even think of it as hotel dining. It has become staple in Wichita’s dining scene. Siena has a warm welcome with it’s deep burgundy and gold tones and as you look up, there is a floor to ceiling glass wine case to make you gasp as an impeccable collection is just on the other side.

Upon being greeted with elegance we move to the tables. The “wow factor” sets in as the atmosphere is being absorbed. Beautiful, and so comfortable, leather chairs make one feel like royalty while the flatware and glassware are as elegant as a princess may choose. The music pulls it together as I notice my fingers delicately tapping to the beat.

All this before I even looked at the menu!

Siena is named for a city in Tuscany, Italy, where the Siena bistecca Florentine is the local signature dish. A good cut of beef The Siena Delmonico is the steakhouse’s version. It is a very simply prepared with salt, pepper and olive oil. Then seared over high heat and of course served perfect and rare.

The entire menu is simply put together in an absolutely tasty way, reflecting the Tuscan cuisine. From escargot to gnocchi, to

Creekstone Farms

beef, there isn’t anything on the menu, which hasn’t made my mouth water.

For this particular evening we shared everything and rolled upstairs to the hotel full, happy and satisfied.

My favorites:

• Steak Tartare — $13

• Summer tomatoes and bacon — $10

• Watermelon and beet salad — $9

• Mint and Sweet Pea Risotto — $15

• Siena Delmonico — $44

• Caramelized Brussels Sprouts — $6

The chef, Marshal Roth, has a “chef lineage” longer than my arm and it shows on the plate. Roth has worked for the best chefs all over the world, including the likes of Daniel Boulud. His style is fresh and artistically abstract without a loss of the basics. His high energy creates a buzz in the kitchen which dances out to the dining room.

“It’s exciting to be a part of a revitalized part of down town,” he said. “Block 1 was the first construction since the 1960s and we are bringing a unique dining experience to Wichita.”

Siena Tuscan Steakhouse

is a restaurant to put on your hit list this summer and of course an overnight stay at the swanky Ambassador Hotel in Wichita, which is located at 104 S. Broadway in Wichita. It’s telephone number is 316-239-7100.

Renee Kelly is the owner of Renee Kelly’s Harvest in Johnson County. Her passion lies in changing the food system, one plate at a time. Her inspiration is Mother nature and the many growers in the Kansas City area.