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)

Delhi juvenile home inmates resort to arson

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Oct 06, 2013 21:23 IST

On Saturday night, inmates of a north Delhi juvenile home ran riot for nearly six hours. Twenty two of them escaped the reformatory by throwing burning LPG cylinders on the staff and setting exit points on fire.

The ruckus started at 8:30 pm on Saturday when a group of inmates in the 16-18 age group at Sewa Kutir, a children home at Kingsway Camp, climbed the wall and started pelting stones on the staff and guards posted there.

It is not clear what triggered the violence but at least seven of the 22 who escaped are repeat offenders and had escaped on earlier occasions too. Police managed to bring back 15 of them, who were hiding in and under the buses parked at a bus depot nearby.

“The 15 feet wall is supported by barb wires but that didn't make any difference. They put mattresses over these barbed wires and climbed over to the other side. Most of these inmates are involved in crimes such as robbery, snatching and dacoity,” said a staff of the home.

According to another staff member, from 8:30 pm to midnight, the children attacked them with bricks, stones and whatever they could lay their hands on. “On the other side of the home, which opened to a playground, the children threw burning cylinders on the staff. Two cylinders burst and there was a ball of fire. Luckily, we escaped without injuries,” another staff member said.

After midnight nearly two dozen children jumped out of the home and burnt the home superintendent’s office, pantry and the storehouse. They used live wires to initiate spark and burnt down the LCD TV, microwave oven, an air-conditioner, office files and all the records. The complex, which houses several other offices got completely damaged as the inmates set at least three gates on fire. The children also looted cash from the office.

They finally escaped around 3:30 am climbing the three boundary walls. According to police, though they were present at the spot, but they couldn’t use force as the rioters were below the age of 18.


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