Kolkata has one more reason to rejoice. The popular Asian gastrobar, The Fatty Bao, has finally arrived in the city of joy ! Located on the 8th floor of Fort Knox, Camac Street, this place offers a beautiful view of the city. The interor looks amazing, with a vibrant and modern decor. The color coordinated chairs, the art on the walls, the hanging lamps and the wonderful Japanese dining area adds to the beauty of the place.
The food here is brilliant with a diverse menu and varied options. I was invited here for a food tasting session, where I loved each dish that was served to me.
The Passion Mule with white rum, mango and passion fruit was my favorite. Taking a bite of the sweet ginger ale after taking a sip of this drink, left a beautiful after taste in my mouth. Among the other bottled cocktails, the Elixir with bourbon whiskey, maple syrup, apple and pear was also a good option.
The Rainbow Sushi was the best veg sushi I’ve ever had. The Crab Meat and Tobiko Sushi stuffed with crab meat tasted heavenly. Both of these sushis are highly recommended !
The Char Siu Pork Bao stood as my ultimate favorite. The baos were stuffed with imported pork belly from Sri Lanka, BBQ sauce, green apple kimchi and scallion. The baos were extremely soft and the pork belly was soft and juicy. You can’t miss this if you’re in The Fatty Bao !
I also had Shengjian Bao which wasn’t an open bao. The baos were stuffed with bacon and egg and were served with three types of dips. The stuffing was delicious and you can’t stop with just one bao !
The Thai Spicy Beef Salad with cucumber, cherry tomatoes, bird’s eye chilli and fresh herbs was amazing. The beef slices were juicy and well cooked.
The Duck Nachos had five spice shredded roast duck, hoisin mayonnaise, crispy duck skin and tofu cheese sauce. The nachos were crispy and the roast duck topping on the nachos tasted out of the world. I’m definitely having this dish on my next visit here.
The Fatty Bao PB&J is the bestseller here. Twice cooked imported pork belly was first slow braised and then crisped with miso mustard jam. Trust me, this is the best Pork belly you can find in the whole city ! The outer skin was crispy while deep inside it was soft and juicy. The sweet jam was a perfect accompaniment with the pork belly.
The Fatty Bao is one of the rare places in Calcutta which serve ramen. So, I had Chasu Ramen for the main course. The broth made with pork stock was mild and tasted amazing. The slightly thick noodles in the broth, with the sliced bacon was heavenly !
The Cocoa Caramel had milk chocolate cream, hazelnut praline crisp, flourless chocolate cake, toasted meringue, salted caramel gel and salted caramel ice cream. Not only in The Fatty Bao, this is one of the best desserts available in the city.
The Zen Forest had a very artistic look with a number of components like yuzu parfait, black sesame sponge, green tea moss, beetroot and black pepper sorbet, sesame nougatine, Valrhona chocolate twigs and microgreens. Kudos to the chef who created such a beautiful dessert ! While eating, one needs to destroy the beautiful artwork and mix all the components together. This had a unique flavour which I loved !
Overall, The Fatty Bao is a must visit for the unique and amazing dishes which it serves. Apart from the food, the service and hospitality were of top notch. I loved the speed with which the food came to my table even though the restaurant was full. The Fatty Bao isn’t about the food alone. It will give you an experience like never before.