I still remember my first ever interaction with Chef/Owner Manu Chandra at the opening of Monkey bar at Vasant Kunj. I was impressed with the young and confident Chef who had carved his name in Bangalore with Monkey Bar and ready to rock Delhi with The Fatty Bao.
The Fatty Bao is modern, trendy and chic gastro pub with an excellent bar. The flavours are bold and emphasis is to get it right. Well yes they got it right too! This is pan Asian and focus is definitely on, to get some dishes across Asia – Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and other Asian counties.
This was my second visit and I tried lot of dishes. Anshu Arora has created excellent design that makes the place vibrant and colourful.
We started off with Sushi, Nigri(salmon) and California roll(crab meat). The sushi couldn’t’ hold the rice. While trying to pick the roll, it breaks and the Nigri fell from the chopstick onto the sauce and didn’t break. Ideally the rice ball should be firm enough to hold together, however loose enough to fall part in your mouth. Perhaps that the sushi was made with rice which was not starchy enough to hold together. This normally happens when the rice used is old or unfresh OR the rice used is not properly cooked. The wasabi prawns were well-cooked with the perfect balance of pungent flavour of wasabi – felt like heaven!
The wild mushroom and truffle oil dimsums were good too and I loved it, even though it was a vegetarian dish and I couldn’t get the flavour of truffle oil in it.
Next was the famous Bao. We tried pork, duck and tenderloin and all three were absolutely delicious. In the soft Bao, the meats were well cooked, had the right balance of flavour, crunchiness of veggies. It tasted divine! Pork belly wasn’t evenly sliced inside the bao and it was little inconvenient to hold it and to avoid food dripping while biting into the Bao. The Srilankan pork belly was good, however, some slices were undercooked and we share the concern with Manager too. Even with all of the hit as well as misses, the seasoning was great and flavours were amazing!
The lamb massaman curry, a thai curry which is inspired from Persian cuisine was mild in flavour. I was expecting it to be little spicy. Jasmine rice served along with it, lacked the flavour.
We finished our meal with Japanese cheesecake. It was fluffier, lighter and soft – A kind of cheesecake I have not tasted before and the secret behind it was Meringue. I loved Zen Forrest – yuzu parfait ( citrus flavour), with sesame nougatine ( cruncy sesame ) and beetroot sorbet – A delightful forest with classic presentation!
I had the raspberry sour which according to me was nice as a cocktail but the raspberry essences or syrup used in it gave an artificial or soapy flavour. Very unnatural types. Manu and his team need to pull up their socks on this as this according to me can be a world class brand. Fatty Bao is surely a great addition to the ever growing restaurant chains and will have great fan followers who love eating pan Asian food. With all the hits and with further improvisation – this place will surely delight you.
MFMBites – the Bao can’t be missed and so is the pork belly. One should try ramen as well. Desserts too shouldn’t be missed.
The Fatty Bao
2nd Floor, Sangam Courtyard,
Major Somnath Marg, Sector 9
New Delhi, India
011 2671 5270
For table reservations: 011-26715270
Opening Hours: All Days of the Week:
Lunch – 12:00 noon to 3:30pm
and Dinner – 7:00pm to 12:30 am (Children 10 years and above are permitted in the evenings)
Wallet Factor: Meal for two without alcohol, excluding taxes Rs.1, 600 ++
Meal for two including alcohol, excluding taxes Rs. 2,500++
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thefattybaodel
Disclaimer – This review was done on an invitation from the establishment. Views expressed in the review is entirely ours and without any bias. Pictures of the dishes are not the standard portions, they are sample portions.