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April 26, 2010

Ace of fish

Ambassador fishThe Food Network show, "The Best Thing I Ever Ate," came to The Ambassador Sunday to film celebrity baker Duff Goldman eating fish.

Binda Singh, who owns the restaurant with his brother, said chef Raman Kanghuta prepared Goa Fish, following a recipe developed by Singh's mother. The dish features a pan-fried fish in a tamarind reduction with garlic, ginger, turmeric and cumin.

"It is very traditional," he said, noting that the dish is common in the Goa region of India.

Except in India, it is made with a type of white fish not commonly found here. The Ambassador uses Rockfish.

Singh is not sure when the episode will air. (He expects to find out in four or five weeks.) But he knows Goldman, the "Ace of Cakes" star who nominated the fish for the show, will give it high praise.

"He loved it," Singh said. "He was just going on and on."


Photo courtesy of The Ambassador

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 11:20 AM | | Comments (5)


Thank you. Both the City Paper and Baltimore magazine reported that it is a Goa fish, which seemed ridiculous. How did they not know that Goa is a famous region of India and not the name of a fish?

That looks great!!

it comes as no surprise that the ambassador is finally being recognized as the best food in Balto. the food has real flavor, and the environment is so Zen. thx to the Singh bros. for always delivering!

How did they not know that Goa is a famous region of India and not the name of a fish?

Names of fish and their variations have always been a little sketchy.

I'm thinking of the Dover sole at Oceanaire post from a few days ago -- there are instances that fish are associated with geography.

If I'd been unclear, I'd've probably asked the waiter if the fish is prepared in the style of Goa, or if it hopped a flight from India.

I am alwalys in a rut when I go to the Amhassador, which my husband and I consider a 2 hour vacation. I can't get past ordering the Goa fish. And as PVR said, this is an incredible restaurant with wonderful service. The owners are incredibly sweet and always make us feel so welcome. We are looking forward to the summer when the awnings are up and we have a great meal, with a good gewurtztraminer (sp?) and watch the fountain.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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