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)

Critics' review: Shootout At Wadala is a mass entertainer

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    Contrary to his projected role of a gangster in the film, John Abraham looks rather innocent in this still along with Kangana Ranaut.

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    John Abraham's character frolicking with item girl Sunny Leone in the song Laila from Shootout At Wadala.

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    John Abraham is surely getting on the list of Angry Young Man through his role in Shootout At Wadala.

Director Sanjay Gupta's gangster flick Shootout At Wadala has earned some praise from the critics for the entertaining element it has. Plot doesn't seem to be too different from the usual mafia movie fare but it does hold its own. Though the movie has its share of loop holes, it still manages to get a nod from most reviewers.

Shootout At Wadala
Director: Sanjay Gupta
Cast: John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut, Tusshar Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Manoj Bajpai

Spoilers ahead

Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV feels the director brings a degree of flair and finesse to the table. "As far as the plot goes, the film does not proffer much that has not been seen before. Sanjay Gupta gives the hackneyed and violent story a sustained edge that is difficult to ignore. Shootout at Wadala is a hyper-dramatized and stylized cinematic version of what is essentially a journalistic account (taken from S Hussain Zaidi's book Dongri to Dubai) of the rise and fall of a Mumbai mafia don in the 1970s and 1980s," he says.

Going to the root of where Gupta perhaps got his inspiration, Tushar Joshi from DNA writes "Sanjay Gupta is perhaps the biggest self-proclaimed Quentin Tarantino fan in the country. When you look at Kaante (2002), Musafir (2004) and Zinda (2006), there's no denying what inspired him to conjure up those slow motion action sequence, and bullets blowing up brains. Shootout at Wadala is no different. Set in the late 70's and 80's the film is an unapologetic gangster flick that milks every opportunity to play to the gallery and titillate its core audience with violence and sex."

The film dramatizes the first-ever registered encounter by Mumbai police, where gangster Manya Surve was shot dead in 1982. The film is an adaptation of the book titled Dongri to Dubai. Critics feel John Abraham, as the protagonist, given his heart and soul to the role.

Taran Adarsh applauds the actor. He says, "Leading the pack is, without doubt, John Abraham, who makes the character of Manya Surve come alive on screen. It's a drastic transition for John as he has several heavy-duty scenes to perform and the actor does the switch from an action hero to an able performer with much delight. Call this a coincidence; whenever John has been cast in a negative role, his performance has always stood out (Zinda, Dhoom and Race 2). Now Shootout At Wadala will prove to be the talking point".

Tushar Joshi too is all praises for the Bollywood hottie calling him tough competition for the young lads. "John Abraham deserves credit for physically and emotionally giving his all to the role. Watching the actor flex those biceps and show his well chiselled torso is a thing of the past, but that slow motion frame where he clings on to a BEST bus is bound to remind all these upcoming lads (likes of Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Sushant Singh Rajput) who they are competing against", says the reviewer.

Anil Kapoor has been appreciated and Kangana Ranaut too garners positive feedback.

Most critics like the movie, but there's a counterpoint in Mayank Shekhar of Daily Bhaskar. The critic rips it apart. Literally! He calls it "super cheap, cheesier version of Once Upon A Time In Mumbai."

He further says, "If you didn't know any better and there weren't that many guns going off at one go, you would imagine that you had actually walked into a long mushaira of lafanga shayars with this hollow film. Every character here is a poet and he knows it. Every line in the picture is loud dialoguebaazi".

Verdict: Going by what most critics feel Shootout At Wadala is a masala entertainer which packs enough punch.


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