One of our favorite places opens up in my home town Kolkata. The Fatty Bao is a part of the Olive group, that has some of the most popular restaurants. This is Fatty’s seventh outpost in India, after Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai, and the space it opened up in is a prime location and offers an enviable view. The food and beverage teams draw inspiration from Asia’s diverse culinary repertoire and Executive Chef Prashanth menu is both inspired and unique. In Fatty Bao Kolkata, there are various new and creative additions to the menu like Robatayaki skewers, new bottled cocktails, and some interesting small plates. As a Fatty regular, I love the uniformity across their outlets, and some of the familiar dishes like ramens, dim sums, sushi are on the menu here as well.
The ambience does need a special mention. We loved the life sized windows and vibrant color theme. The Fatty Bao offers four distinct seating options and a bar area, with a seating capacity of approximately seventy-five. You could choose to sit by the bar with comfortable stools for drinks or have dinner at one of the high tables right next to it,with the unhindered view of the Victoria Memorial and the cathedral. The bamboo lined bar with subtle lighting and amber hues sets the mood for a great evening out. The most predominant decor aspect that would probably draw your attention is the Lantern wall that consists of twenty-seven lanterns placed at varying heights and distances. The material theme echoes with the spirit of Fatty – rattan, wood, bamboo etc. Well placed reflections give the place a larger than life feeling, and the pops of color complement the look perfectly.
There are various dishes introduced in the Kolkata outlet that I personally loved. The attention to detail about the concept of these preparations and the Fatty twist is exactly why Chef Prashanth is one of the best. In their classic open baos, there is a Fried Fish Bao introduced – tempura Bhetki with sriracha mayo and pickled cucumber.
Also new on The Fatty Bao Kolkata menu is the Robatayaki or grilled skewers available in single pieces. Vegetarian options include Corn on cob with chili and miso butter and the Ssamjang Cauliflower with fresh coriander and Korean red chili pepper flakes. The non-vegetarian includes Thai Green Curry Paste Marinated Grilled Chicken, Char-grilled Pork tenderloin with Nahm prik Noom, Gochujang marinated Lamb chops and Sambal Prawns.
New Ramens including Soto Ayam Lamongan an Indonesian-style aromatic chicken broth with coconut milk and Tantanmen – a chicken and pork stock with sesame and chilly oil.
And as expected – Kolkata Fatty ushers in some interesting and inspiring desserts. Kaffir Lime Panna Cotta promises almond crumble, raspberry caviar, coconut and lime sorbet while the delectable eggless Fried Miso Apple Tart served with miso butterscotch and sour cream ice-cream. Some other eye-catching ones on the menu are the Sour Cherry Vacherin with sour cherry cream, lemon ash meringue, Matcha sponge and vanilla bean ice-cream and the absolutely scrumptious Peanut Butter Mousse – with peanut crunch, caramelized bananas, banana ice-cream and cocoa cake. The famed Zen Forest is artwork on a plate! I couldn’t get enough of the Coco Caramel though, that’s my latest favorite in desserts!
Drinks done right!
The Asian inspired cocktails at Fatty Bao Kolkata continue to be better and creative. We tried Cool-Ade – a heady mix of gin, cucumber, elderflower, thyme syrup and bitters. Passion Mule combines white rum with homemade ginger ale, mango and passion fruit. But if you love your whiskey The Elixir is just right with Bourbon whiskey, maple syrup, apple and pear. Their signature cocktails from the ‘Root to Fruit’ menu continue to feature, with the bartenders creating the most refreshing cocktails using house-made syrups and different parts of plants.
And the other details of Fatty Bao Kolkata
The Fatty Bao, #801, Fort Knox, 6, Camac Street, Kolkata- 700017.
Phone: 033 46022744
Opening Hours: All Days of the Week: 12:00 noon to 3:30pm & 7pm to 11:30 pm (Only guests 10 years and above permitted for dinner)
Wallet Factor: Meal for two without alcohol, excluding taxes Rs.1500 ++/ Meal for two including alcohol, excluding taxes Rs. 1900++