The Fatty Bao pops up in Kolkata, restarts with South-east Asian curry festival
Kolkata/IBNS: If the number of visitors dropping in for weekday lunch is any indication, then The Fatty Bao Kolkata appears to have picked up from where it left off prior to last year’s countrywide lockdown.
Known for its Asian specialties, the restaurant has reincarnated itself as a pop up within the popular Monkey Bar on Camac Street.
Interestingly, to mark their arrival, the Fatty Bao is holding a special curry festival until March 28, besides offering their regular fare.
Called ‘Curry Up Fatty’, the special menu consists of bowls of curries from the streets of Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines.
With summer arriving in Kolkata earlier than expected, what can be better than the Javanese ‘Sayur Lodeh with Vegetables’, a red curry with chayote, beans, eggplant, chili pepper and tofu.
Or, if you are looking for something more filling, then may opt for ‘Ca Ri Ga’, a thick Vietnamese chicken curry with potatoes, carrots and green peas.
Pork lovers may dig into the ‘Pork Humba’, where braised pork belly is propped up with black bean, pineapple, red chili and soy.
The ‘Gulai Ayam’, an Indonesian aromatic, chicken curry with baby onions, is for those who like to indulge in a rich and spicy meal, while seafood lovers may try Malacca’s famous ‘Nyonya Curry Laksa’, a sweet and sour curry with prawns and fish.
Or, you may go for the tried and tested favorite, ‘Thai Green Curry with Lamb Meat Balls’ with spiced meatballs slow-cooked in green curry paste and coconut milk.
All curries are served with a choice of steamed rice or jasmine rice or fried garlic rice along with a selection of accompaniments, including green sambal, roasted minced spicy peanuts, cucumber, fried onions and crackers.
If you are not keen on curries, fret not – the pop up has retained its variety of baos with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian fillings, Asian salads, soupy ramen noodles, and stir-fries.
They still offer the small plates which partner well with their Asian inspired cocktails.
Being within the Monkey Bar premises adds to the fun as it gives you an option to widen your choice of dishes from the gastropub too.
Timings: Sunday to Thursday: Noon to midnight; Friday and Saturday: Noon to 1 am
Meal for two: With alcohol - Rs. 2,200 plus tax, without alcohol - Rs. 1,400 plus tax