|Ananda -- So you'll recognize it without a sign|
The Indian restaurant opened in Fulton last year to terrific reviews. Like a national magazine's list of the 25 most outstanding restaurants of 2015. We have loved it from the beginning...
But Ananda's spot is unusual.
We always figured they were waiting on a sign delivery. But then Mrs. HowChow asked owner Binda Singh this week, and Singh told her there won't be a sign.
He doesn't believe in them.
The Ambassador in Baltimore doesn't have a sign, he said. And he doesn't think Ananda needs one either.
Now, I have to admit that I'm friendly with Singh. I don't out myself normally in restaurants, but Singh is super-friendly and knew from emails that we were coming on his opening day. It was a thin crowd. So we said hello, and we have enjoyed ourselves ever since. (Well, except for Lil' Chow's first nice restaurant meal when we tried to take him there at 6:30 on the Sunday daylight savings ended. He was exhausted! That's another story.)
Singh doesn't believe in signs.
Those dumplings are pictured above. My notes just say "duck, dumpling, chili sauce, sesame seeds, four, M." I must have thought that I'd blog that afternoon. Some toddler madness must have gotten in the way.
Seriously, check out the Ananda menus if you haven't been yet. Mother's Day looks like a buffet brunch. That French toast casserole merits a visit all on its own. Just keep your eyes peeled as your heading to eat -- because they're not putting up a sign.
You can see all my posts about Ananda. You should also check out Jennifer Waldera's HerMind Magazine profile of the Kaur sisters, including Kinday Kaur who is the chef at Ananda. Her sister is the chef at the "sister" restaurant The Ambassador in Baltimore.