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)

HC tells police to probe, make arrests in Khar society case

Lawyers for residents of Ganeshkripa society in Khar said, on Wednesday, that the high court had ordered the police to investigate and take action against those accused of forging documents for the slum rehabilitation project. 

“A division bench of justice AM Khanwilkar and AR Joshi ordered the investigating officer senior police inspector Prashant Bagade to investigate the case, including the arrest of the 11 accused committee members and four members of construction company Shivalik Ventures, and record the residents’ statements within 15 days,” said lawyers from the Human Rights Law Network.

Residents had lodged a First Information Report at Nirmal Nagar police station in September 2010 against the society committee members and builders alleging that they had forged signatures on the consent letter in order to implement a slum rehabilitation scheme.

When asked, Bagade said he had not received any order from the court.

Prakash Azgaonkar of Shivalik Ventures said, “We came into the picture only two years ago. We are not to be blamed.”

Although the high court asked for an investigation, there is no relief to residents against demolition. “Demolition will continue till all structures are demolished as per the order,” said P Rokde, deputy collector.

Fourteen houses were demolished on Wednesday. But, instead of loud protests, seven residents of the society went on a hunger strike.


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