WHAT: The Fatty Bao
    RATING: *****
    WHERE: Junction of 14th and 33rd Road, Linking Road, Bandra West
    WHEN: 12 noon to 3:30 pm; 7 pm to 1 am COST: Rs 2,000 for two, with one drink each CALL: 2600-5220

    The wild mushroom and truffle oil dim sum at The Fatty Bao is a thing of a beauty.  Pungent, earthy aromas of truffles smack you the moment you open the lid of the Chinese steamer. Inside sit six boat-shaped dim sums with beetroot-purple stained wrappings, topped with edamame beans. The dim sums, filled with a mix of chopped mushrooms and, for a bit of crunch, chopped snow fungus, will appeal to  both the vegetarian and the carnivore.

    With a fun space and a menu that crackles, it’s not surprising that Fatty Bao, by serial restaurateurs AD Singh, Manu Chandra and Chetan Rampal, has been packed from the day it opened. We had to call a week in advance just to get a mid-week booking.

    In a kind of Alibaba moment, an unassuming red gate opens into a tiny passage, which leads to a brightly lit area. Outside, in the al-fresco patio, one bright blue wall is painted with an Oriental-style food story map. Beyond the patio is the main dining area that has Chinese tangram-inspired floor tiles. On the tables sit salt and pepper shakers that have superimposed Japanese Kokeshi doll designs on them. 

    We are seated inside, in an alcove across from the bar. We order one each of the deep maroon, raspberry-flavoured whisky sours and the orange-hued Mandalay Bay that are flying off the bar counter. Both signature cocktails are good, but we found the berry-tanginess of the whisky sour more interesting than the citrus-y Mandalay.

    The wild mushroom and truffle oil dim sum was a thing of beauty.

    We begin with the char sui bao; a plump fluffy white bao with a filling of meltingly soft pork, draped in a sweet, sticky, hoisin sauce. Next up is the brie tempura wedges topped with the Japanese spice mix shichimi togarashi — an exotic, Oriental version of cheese pakoras.

    Moving on to mains, we order a bowl of somewhat disappointing cho su ramen. The broth and noodles are fine, but the pork belly and bacon lack richness and we leave it mostly untouched. Thick, sour and spicy, the chicken kapitan curry — full of kafir lime and basil flavours — is so good you can slurp it just by itself.

    And while the lemon sable was missing from our green tea chiffon cake, the lemony freshness of the yuzu parfait and the yuzu sorbet more than made up for it.

    Fatty Bao is so enjoyable because it serves very serious food without making you think too much about what you’re eating, in a really casual, laid-back space.


    (HT pays for all meals, and reviews anonymously)

Audi to launch piloted cars before the end of the decade

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  • Updated: Feb 04, 2013 12:45 IST
  • The car can park and un-park itself remotely.

    The car can park and un-park itself remotely. Photo:AFP

  • The Piloted Parking system allows the driver to park the car via their smartphone.

    The Piloted Parking system allows the driver to park the car via their smartphone. Photo:AFP

  • The system autonomously pilots the car in congested conditions and can even give way to other cars changing lane.

    The system autonomously pilots the car in congested conditions and can even give way to other cars changing lane. Photo:AFP

This past week, the CEO of Audi reaffirmed the German carmaker's commitment to the development and implementation of autonomous driving functions and put an official timeline on bringing the next generation of its piloted driving technology to market.

In a speech to delegates at the 19th Handelsblatt Annual Conference in Munich, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said: "We are assuming that a series-built vehicle with a piloted driving function will be technically feasible this decade." Although company spokespeople have hinted that the self-driving and self-parking technology the company demonstrated at this year's Consumer Electronics Show could soon become an everyday reality, this is the first time Audi has cited a specific timescale in terms of implementation.

Of the two demonstrator cars showcased in Las Vegas earlier this month, one could take over the driving in traffic jams and other congested situations as well as on highways, while the second demonstrator could identify and automatically maneuver into and out of parking spaces via a smartphone-operated remote control.

In his address, Stadler also indicated that the ball is now firmly in the court of policymakers and lawmakers, who will have to accelerate the formation of legislation regarding responsibility and liability for piloted driving technology. This is currently a bigger stumbling block than the costs of or levels of technology involved in delivering the systems.

Stadler is also convinced that innovative services above and beyond purely car-related services will constitute an important part of future driving: "The car of tomorrow will convey not only passengers but also information," he said, indicating that increased autonomy or piloted driving would make cars safer, while greater connectivity is opening the doors to a host of other features and possibilities and that these features need to be "used meaningfully."


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