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Hands down it is one of the best places to have a good Japanese meal in the city. The Fatty Bao has quickly caught up with the food lovers in Kolkata. A modern oriental ambience with beautiful paper lanterns strung up origami, a glass facade overlooking the city structures; it is an idyllic setting for a dining experience. Perfectly rolled up sushi, soft bao with brilliant fillings, ramen bowls, delicate dimsums, refreshing salads; the menu is pleasing to all. 'Char Siu Bao' with a pork belly in a sticky bbq sauce, green apple kimchi is a nice soft yet crunchy dish. The sweetness from the sauce along with the salty pork and sour green apple kimchi hits all the flavour notes perfectly. The 'Ramen Bowls' are great main course options especially the 'Chasu Ramen' cooked in a salty and deep pork stock. The curries stand out in flavour and stir-fried spinach and mushroom sticky 'Jasmine Rice' is a dish in itself.
Kolkata is a melting pot of cultures and that influences it’s gastronomy landscape heavily. While you may get your foodie hands on some of the best Mughlai and Continental cuisine in Kolkata, it’s their Chinese food that will make you come back to the city repeatedly. Thanks to the Chinese immigrants creating base in the city, we gastronomes can have the best Chinese food in the country right here in Kolkata. Many new restaurant arrivals are stealing the attention away from the legendary Chinese restaurants in the city with their playful ambience and modern spin on classic Asian menus. One such name creating a buzz amongst Kolkata foodies is, ‘The Fatty Bao’. Do your palate a favor by dining at this fun little eatery located on 8th Floor, Camac Street, Fort Knox Building, Elgin.
Identified more as a gastropub than a restaurant, The Fatty Bao takes you on a culinary trot across Asia. Their menu is vast enough to house numerous great choices for you to eat through, backed by a fantastic bar selection, although we recommend you skip alcohol for the day in favor of an Asian tea. Whet your appetite with a series of starters such as, soft shell crab sushi, char siu bao, wild mushroom & truffle oil dim sum, tea leaf salad, grilled sambal chicken bao, shaking beef, brie tempura and dancing prawns. Continue the gastronomic fun with delicious mains. Try, miso butter ramen with tempura vegetables, Sichuan king prawn curry, curry laksa, whole bhetki steamed, Fatty pho and lotus root in Thai green curry.
The clever compilation of dishes on the menu pulls you back for more. Round off with a Japanese cheesecake, panookie, Fatty hill, cocoa caramel, apple filo pastry and bitter orange & chocolate. Flashes of innovation shown by the chef keeps the diners on tenterhooks. Between 3-7 pm, The Fatty Bao only serves small plates. Main course is available only during dinner hours. The seating area is spread in a spacious room that is decorated in a playful, quirky way with bright colours, crafted light fixtures, rattan chairs and Asian artwork. Through paper lanterns and oriental symbols, they transport you from the lanes of Kolkata into the heart of Japan. The Fatty Bao is a tad pricey.