Fatty Bao turns 2..!

Sakura Winter

In this great dining city of ours, barely a day passes without news of an exciting restaurant opening, a devastating closing, a shocking chef shuffle, or a groundbreaking, must-try dish.  Amidst all  this Fatty Bao is all dressed up  with Chinese umbrellas and lovely lanterns as they celebrate their 2nd anniversary with a delicious variety of local dishes and cocktails inspired by the flavors of east and South East Asia . Fatty Bao is Bangalore’s first Asian Gastro Bar which offers an innovative Asian fare with inventive food, vibrant decor and fresh treatment of casual dining  and is a perfect destination in Indiranagar for a quick lunch, a leisurely afternoon or an evening get-together with friends or  chilling on the rooftop. Fatty Bao has always been my favorite spot in Indiranagar and hence my excitement to be a part of this exclusive bloggers preview lunch is evident.

I was here on a Monday afternoon for lunch at their rooftop section  while Fatty Bao was all set up for its Birthday celebrations decorated in colors  and  the Large glass walls offering views of surrounding greenery, while arches frame almost all private dining spaces, creating cozy nooks, yet maintaining a visual connect with the main space.

Let me start off with what the Fatty Tales has to offer you this season. Hold your breath and make sure you have made enough free  space in your system so that you don’t miss any of these amazing dishes 😉 . Trust me, you don’t want to miss any of the favorites from the menu 😉 .

We began our meal with the Tiger Sushi Roll – I was not a sushi person until few months back as my mind would constantly remind me it contained raw meat but, things change and of course thoughts do and I have recently started enjoying the art of eating Sushi. It surely is an art to know and accept that you like what you’re eating. The Tiger Sushi roll consisted of spicy salmon, tamaki, cucumber, orange gel and vinegared rice. It was served with wasabi and soy sauce. This dish had a better balance than I expected due to the flavors cutting through the richness of the meat itself. If you’re a Sushi Lover I would say go for it. 😉

And then followed the Kimchi fries and Chilli eggplant and tofu. Kimchi Fries – A dish to give your normal fries a one step up better and tastier twist.  The fries are baked in the oven as they are topped with kimchi and grated cheese which rounds everything out and makes everything better. The Chilli eggplant and tofu – If you love eggplant you will anyways love  this dish. If you don’t, then its time you give it a try. This dish is eggplant and tofu stir fried with chilli peppers, tomatoes, sambal and scallions. Take a moment to savor the aroma and then dig in. You will not fear eggplant anymore 😉

Next comes my most favorite dish of that evening – The Carbon prawn tempura 🙂 🙂  .This dish yields the tempura style batter that’s ideal as a crispy, black coating for prawns and is pretty much what your heart desires. The color of the dish is surely going to surprise you but once you bite into it – Oh my! The crispy coating and the well cooked meat inside accompanied by some yuzu mayonnaise and prawn crackers is something you should never never miss!  I heart you CPT <3 .

Next in line was the Lo Bak Go – Radish cakes with wild mushrooms, steamed and fried with sriracha and garlic sauce. When I heard it was radish that it was made up of I was not very excited to try this one. But once I did, I realized one shouldn’t always judge the dish by just one ingredient itself. The cakes were crispy from the outside and the mixture of all the ingredients that made the dish was the winning element of it. The contrasting crunchiness helped the dish by giving it added texture.

Har Cheong Gai: Singaporean fried chicken which was Crispy on the outside with tender flesh on the inside, I loved the flavorful and well- sauced Chicken. The wings were evenly coated with a layer of savory coating and dipped in shrimp paste, and yet did not ‘steal’ away the crisp of the outer skin. We were then served with Murtabak – Indonesian savory pancake stuffed with spiced minced lamb, pickled vegetables and curry sauce. A whole lot of meat in there while the beef having plenty of flavor worked well with the rest of the ingredients.

Went ahead with Roujiamo, Cheung Fung and Bicol Express. Roujiamo –Is basically a Chinese hamburger made up of steamed buns layered with braised pork and lettuce, and grilled. This was a pleasant addition to the menu where the spicing is subtle enough to enliven the meat. Cheung Fung is a   dish made up of rice dumplings which is simmered in thick yellow curry with scallions. This dish somehow did not impress me. Probably the flavors did not go well or one of the flavor did not stand out well enough.  Bicol Express: It consists of an amazing stew made from long chillies, coconut milk, shrimp paste, onion, pork, and garlic. The dish is named after the passenger train service from Manila to Bicol region, a region in the Philippines famous for its spicy cuisine. This dish is served with garlic fried rice and is an amazing main dish. The flavorsome stew with the garlic fried rice is a bomb!  Another main on this menu is the Saigon Bun Rieu : Crab broth with tomato , vermicelli noodles , garlic , chilli and lime . The broth is an outburst of flavors and consists of a hearty portion of crab meat floating in it. The quantity is quite huge and can be shared between two or three individuals.

When it comes to food we all know what we like or prefer. Some of us have a sweet tooth and love desserts and baked goods where as few others prefer the taste of savoury foods far more.  I fall into the first category of classification and was eagerly awaiting for the desserts on the menu to be served. And there comes the Raindrop cake. A masterpiece in itself. All I thought when I first saw it was “Wow! Whatta beauty “. How can I be gentle enough  and yet taste this dish without distorting its beauty. Well, I failed – Either you admire the beauty watching it on the plate or experience the beauty as you enjoy the flavors crafted by the amazingly talented Chef Prashanth. This was my first time with the raindrop cake and the child in me tried to enjoy every element on that plate from the miso soil to the soy caramel sauce to the fruit confetti to the raindrop.

As I sit back to relax after the raindrop indulgence I see the next dessert coming towards me. Something white, something designed like the underwater sediments named the Sakura Winter. You gently break it open to find a yoghurt based souffle topped with cherries lying skillfully in there. The souffle itself is light and airy, and the mixture of flavors intense – was a lovely, pillowy dish to finish the meal.

Festival Dates:
11th August – 28th August, 2016


Lunch: 12pm to 3pm

Dinner: 7pm to 10.30pm

Dinner: 7pm to 11.30pm (Fri & Sat)

(Children 10 years and below are welcome for lunch only)

Wallet Factor:

Meal for two without alcohol, excluding taxes Rs.1,600 ++

Meal for two including alcohol, excluding taxes Rs.2,500++

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I repeat – Do not miss out on this festive menu as I promise you would love it  🙂  Ask for the Fatty Travel Tales boarding pass  , answer the questions and stand a chance to win a round trip TigerAir tickets to Singapore . Go Go Go! Get there as soon as you can … you do not want to miss all of this! 🙂