The Fatty Bao, the relatively new gastro pub in Bangalore’s posh and beautiful Indiranagar locality, has been receiving rave reviews. The place (an offering by Chef Manu Chandra) has been on my radar for the past few months, but the OH and I never got a chance to visit, due to one reason or the other. In fact, we even thought of celebrating my birthday, recently, at The Fatty Bao, but when we reached the venue, they told us that they were very sorry, but that they couldn’t allow us inside with Bubboo. We were told the eatery is off limits to children below 10 years of age for dinner, as it is a gastro pub, which we didn’t know till we reached there. Anyways, all that is in the past now.
One fine day, last week, the husband and I suddenly decided to eat out at The Fatty Bao, considering how I had been raring to visit. Bubboo was dropped over at my parents’, and the OH and I geared up to have dinner at this eatery which we presumed would be quite noisy. It wasn’t noisy one bit, in fact. The restaurant actually had a nice, calm, warm and welcoming, happy and happening vibe, people were happily and quietly eating, and there was no music playing. I wonder why children aren’t allowed in, in that case – maybe it gets noisy at some times?
The Fatty Bao has indoor seating as well as tables on the terrace, of which we chose the former. The first thing that struck us, the moment we entered the restaurant, was the decor – it was quirky but tasteful, and very pleasing to the eye. The lighting is mellow, and it was actually a bit dark to take good pictures (we had heard a lot about the beautiful plating of food here, and so, were keen on capturing everything we ate on camera!), but I have heard that the place is flooded gorgeously with natural light in the daytime.
The Fatty Bao serves Pan-Asian food – food from various places across Asia, including Thailand, Malaysia and China. We aren’t very familiar with the cuisines of most Asian countries, and hence, requested for recommendations from our server, who was more than happy to oblige.
That day turned out to one of many firsts – we did a lot of things for the first time that day, including having our first-ever sushi. We started our meal with sushi, their Asparagus, Tempura And Cream Cheese Sushi. I just loved the rolls – the flavours were so beautiful! The OH didn’t like them – sushi is just not his thing, he says after just one trial!
Then came the Kimchi Baby Potatoes, which were absolutely gorgeous. This dish, again, had a beautiful medley of flavours, and this time around, both the OH and I loved it. If we had to recommend one dish from what we dined on at The Fatty Bao that day, this would be it!
Next came the baos, which had, in the first place, intrigued me and enticed me to visit this place. We chose the Mushroom And Bell Pepper Baos but, sadly, neither the OH nor I fell in love with them. Oh, they weren’t bad, not at all, but they just didn’t float our boat. I am dying to try out the other baos available here, though, and see how much I like them.
After the baos came the Via Malaysia, a Malaysian ramen, eating which was an experience in itself. The ramen, a mix of beautifully spiced noodles and broth, is served in a large ceramic pot-like bowl. It was my first ramen ever, and I loved it to bits! It is just the sort of thing I would love to eat on a day when I want to eat something different, something yummy, but something hearty and filling. The Via Malaysia is made with coconut milk, and is delicately and perfectly spiced. I adored this dish, but the OH didn’t, sadly. We had a one-by-two portion of this dish each, and I think that was the right decision to take – a full portion (with all that coconut milk in it) might have been a tad too much for one person to take in.
Then, a Vegetable Fried Rice was served, with an assortment of sauces. I liked it, but wasn’t charmed by it. The OH loved it. (By now, you must have gotten an idea of how different our tastes are, no? 🙂 ). It was mild and simple, with a lot of vegetables in it, instead of just a whole lot of onions, like we have seen at many other places.
Lastly, we had the Halo Halo, a deconstructed dessert (my first-ever deconstructed dessert!) made of jello, caramelised bananas, raspberry sorbet, purple yam ice cream (Yes!), and vanilla flan. This one was literally Holi on a platter – it looked oh so beautiful and colourful. Both the OH and I liked the dessert, but didn’t love it to bits, as we had expected to.
Overall, I would say we had a fantastic experience at The Fatty Bao. Most of the food we had was lovely and, though the prices are on the higher side here, we would love to go back for more. There’s a lot more on the menu to be tried out – from a variety of Nigiris and teas to many other beautiful desserts.
This is a place I would heartily recommend. My pictures don’t do the place and the food justice, I think – you have got to experience both yourself. I hope you do!