Ever since its ingress in Mumbai a few years back, The Fatty Bao has been a place known for its consistently brilliant offerings in terms of food, cocktails and an experience in general!
After majorly successful stints in Bandra and Lower Parel, Fatty Bao has now made its way into the dynamic hub of the city – Hiranandani, Powai. Their outlet here visually cones like a breath of fresh air in the almost mousy area of Powai. The best way to describe their decor is “Funky Asian”. You are instantly transported to a local restaurant in Thailand and that for me is the perfect start to the experience that follows!
Fatty Bao has, apart from its food, always been very well known for its cocktails. This time around I understood why exactly it is so! The Wow Ming, Seppuk-ka and the Green Apple And Basil Sangria were all like an oasis of freshness in the rough summers of the city! The Seppuk-ka though was my favorite of the lot given my undying love for elder flower!
The name makes it quite evident that the Bao’s at Fatty Bao have to be eaten! Not eating atleast some of their amazing varieties of Bao is like going to Starbucks and not having a coffee :P. The Duck in Hoisin Sauce Bao (Shengjian Bao) and the Char Siu Bao here are an absolute must have! The Duck Shenjigan Bao is a pan seared bao full of some beautiful duck mince and the Char Siu Bao is the most amazing Pork Belly Bao in the city!
Ironically, it is the Sushi at Fatty Bao that I love more then their Baos (if that is even humanly possible :P). The Prawn Tempura Sushi here is perfectly made with the most crispy yet delicate prawn tempura stuffed in an articulately made sushi roll.
The Wild Mushroom and Truffle Oil Dim Sums and the Chicken and Celery Gyoza are 2 varieties of dim sums that I tried and absolutely loved! Both were steamed and pan fried (the gyoza) in the most perfect manner and were stuffed with a perfectly seasoned stuffing of truffle flavored mushrooms and chicken respectively.
The thing about the 3 pillars of Asian cuisine – Baos, Sushi and Dim Sums at The Fatty Bao is that though they have the classic flavors of each, they have also managed to encompass varieties of these which you will not find anywhere in the city!
The Fatty Bao also has some great appetizers in their menu which though limited in number, are far & wide in its essence! The Fatty Bao PB&J that is a twice cooked pork belly preparation is absolutely amazing and so is the Kam Heong Calamari which is crispy fried calamari tossed in a great coconut milk sauce (trust me, if you like calamari, you absolutely need to try this!).
They also have these delicate and flavorful Crab Cake that you can try if you are a lover of Crab.
After their Baos’, the next thing that the Fatty Bao is known for is their Ramen. The their signature Fatty Pho is a bowlful of magic enough to cure anything!
The Malaysian Chicken Kapitan too is a curry full of soul served some fragrant sticky rice. You sHould definitely try this if you have a thing for coconut milk based curries.
Soft Shell Crab is gaining more and more popularity with each passing day and if there is any place in the city you should first try this at, its Fatty Bao! The Typhoon Shelter Crab with scallion, garlic and black beans is the best preparation of this marine delicacy that I have tried in the city. Seriously, try this!
Out of the two desserts I tried here, I really liked the Cocoa Caramel and hated the Fatty Hill. But I can say that, after the huge expectations that all the food and cocktails had made way for, the desserts were a bit of a let down. I would rather have another sushi instead 😛
All in all, The Fatty Bao, as I had expected, managed to impress me and HOW! Each and every dish that I had was a modern take on the good old Asian delicacies that will make you rediscover and love Asian cuisine all over again.
Until next time…