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Down Candolim Road stands an interesting story about a panda who walked into an eatery, ordered, ate and then drew a gun to fire two shots in the air. Welcome to Fat Panda, a concept of AAJ of Walk and Roll fame. One reminiscences of Po from Kung-Fu Panda, as they look at the colourful photographs of pandas all around, each one striking a different pose. Mirrors add to the simplicity in the black and white décor. The menu has a smiling panda with chopsticks drawn, which brings a smile to one’s face. A Chinese kitchen, serving old forgotten favourites and a few ‘inspired panda style’ preparations is at the ethos of this restaurant. For starters – the golden fried prawns and the street chilli chicken 70’s style are a good choice and add a touch of nostalgia and crunch simultaneously. The calamari in plum sauce is an interesting mix. The kung pao potatoes and nuts is a great starter for the herbivores. If looking for an American chopsuey with chicken, this is the place to be. It brings back a lot of memories. If spices are what you are looking for then The Roadside Special, Mumbai style with the triple szechwan rice can be a filling meal by itself. The wildlife manual describes the real panda as a large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. It eats, shoots and leaves. Have you ever wondered why those two shots were fired in the air? You might be tempted to make it three with nostalgic memories.
If you go around asking locals in Goa for their favourite Chinese place, most of them will smile and point you towards ‘Fat Panda’ as if they are letting you in on some great big secret. The ironic part is that everyone knows how popular and fantastic Fat Panda is with foodies. This place has become a mecca for Chinese food lovers and intensifies its popularity for two reasons – food (of course!) and ambience. The sight of happy families tucking in the chopsueys and chilli chicken only reaffirms their importance in Goa. This section of Goa is always busy and being located in Candolim, one of the fullest beaches in Goa, Fat Panda receives a lot of footfall. People enjoying classic Chinese food wearing flip-flops is a common endearing sight at Fat Panda.
Fat Panda is a Chinese kitchen serving long-standing favorites of Indo-Chinese cuisine to the diners. A value for money meal awaits you here, encouraging you to indulge freely in their comforting selection. The affordability of the menu only accentuates the popularity of Fat Panda, rest is done by their wonderful food. You can choose to pair your meal with a beer or vodka but we suggest you go with their house cocktails. Start with a bowl of soulful dumpling soup or begin with conventional Chinese starters like, birds nest, street chilli chicken 70’s style, kung pao potatoes, wontons, apple chicken, corn & crackling spinach and Chinese orange chicken chilli. Second course gets even more attractive with, baby corn & mushroom in ginger chilli sauce, triple Szechwan rice, Chinese chopsuey and chicken dragon noodles. One can build their own Chinese sizzler by choosing your base, vegetables and sauce.
Don’t think Fat Panda will let you go so easily. There is still scrumptious dessert course to deal with. Get ready to indulge your senses with an array of delectable oriental desserts. Push away your diet chart and feast on, date pancake, darsaan with ice cream, snickers wonton, Fat Panda sundae, banana fritter with ice cream, apple & sesame fritters, litchi with ice crea, and Panda’s special banana split. The simple black and white interiors of Fat Panda puts you at ease immediately. Sturdy cane furniture dots around the room, where you can sit with friends and eat in comfort. While during the day natural sunlight floods into the room, in the evenings a soft glow is cast by modest lamps. The ambience is cheerful and comfortable.