The Fatty Bao is an Asian gastrobar by the Olive Group, which is known for its quirky restaurant names houses at 8th floor of Fort Knox, Kolkata. You walk into the Japanese eatery inspired ambiance gives you an Asian explosion with food and flavors through their izakaya and noodle-shop inspired menu.
Our digging starts with Crazy Mango Shrimp Maki rolled with shrimp tempura, iceberg, jalapeno, mango and cream cheese sauce, topped with a delicately spiced mango powder. This is something is there once a year during the Mango Matinee festival around May or June every year. From their regular menu one can order Spicy Salmon Cream Cheese Cucumber Uramaki along with Crab Meat Tobiko Uramaki. At Kolkata this is the place to recommend some best uramaki or inverted sushi.
If you here then must try their signature creation Char Siu Bao. They were the first to introduce open bao concept in the country. The bao is stuffed with barbecued pork belly with a green apple kimchi drenched in hoisin sauce and sesame oil and lastly topped with scallion. The fluffy open bao oozing with flavor and the sauce drips down your finger with every bite! They also serve Shengjian Bao, pan-seared closed baos that puff up when cooked in the cast iron skillet. Had the BBQ Chicken variant, these breakfast baos are milder in taste than its open counterpart.
For a bowl of complete goodness turn yourself towards soupy noodles or ramen. Tantanmen is a spicy chicken and pork stock with loading of roasted pork, spicy minced pork and half boiled egg. This broth is finished with sesame and chilly oil. Chasu is a soothing swirl of pork stork with bacon, filled with braised pork belly, soft boiled egg, a generous heap of bean sprouts and finished with scallion. They have got perfect piping hot broth which has been simmered over eight hours.
Ending our lunch on a sweet note with Cocoa Caramel. An amalgam of milk chocolate cream, hazelnut praline crisps, flourless chocolate cake, toasted meringue, salted caramel gel and salted caramel ice cream poised to give you an incredible sugar rush. Last but not the least from their mango festival menu give a shot to Mango Panna Cotta. The marvel of a creation with mango cubes, crisp mango, vanilla pastry cream, mango panna cotta, mint leaf, coconut lime sorbet, mango gel, and microwave baked pistachio sponge.
Experience the setup during lunch hours with bright natural light flooding in through those huge glass pane, makes it a picture perfect for food photography. During evening the romanticism enhances with Japanese-style lanterns that add a dim glow to the entire restaurant while enjoying a beautiful sunset.
Bro Tip: Try to visit The Fatty Bao during festivals like Mango Matinee, Raining Ramen or Sushi Unrolled for those mind boggling creations. Keep glued to their pages for these announcements.
Must Try: Sushi, Tantanmen, Char Siu Bao and Cocoa Caramel
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