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Ambassador 21 first visit

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Ambassador 21 first visit

david sprague | Dec 15, 2003 09:19 AM

Got around to trying the swank new indian place in the former Sajna location late last week. Since i was dining with a pair of vegetarians, i didn't rock the boat by venturing into meat, so i can only give a partial report -- which is pretty positive overall.

complementary pappadum -- replenished extremely frequently -- started us out, and they seemed to be fresh off the fire. the service overall was solicitous (almost too much so), which might have something to do with the fact that we were one of only two occupied tables.

started out with ragda pattice, a chat-like item of potato pancake topped with chickpeas and tamarind sauce. nice, but nothing spectacular (ditto the sabzi rolls, which were little roti like tidbits served with a tomato chutney).

mains were much better: vegetable chettend, my favorite, had the most potent kick, thanks to a black pepper sauce similar to that served with something like a chicken xaccuti-- a low, slow burn. paneer kata kat was excellent as well -- a pakistani dish with a lot of layers of flavor, buttery (obviously homemade) paneer playing against chilis and a scattering of coriander leaves. good dal selection as well, from which we chose the lobia (black eyed peas). somewhat bland, but as a foil for the other dishes, that was fine.

the dishes were a little more expensive than most of the area spots (dal was 7 bucks, the "kata kat" ran 14), but i plan on going back to sample more. there seem to be a fair amount of goan dishes and less-standard items on the menu.

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