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Food meets films in vibrant ambience

Which one of us does not love and cherish the film Sholay? Most of us I think, do. Naturally then, when a restaurant is named after one of the famed characters of this iconic film, the intrigue factor heightens. Basanti and Co. in Seven Bungalows Andheri West thus beckoned me.

The colourful interiors, trendy decor and cheerful vibe, set the tome of our evening. The bric-a-brac and design elements thrown in appealed to me instantly. The seating area is spacious and the bar in one corner, eclectic.

The menu offered Awadhi and North Indian food with a special section of Chef Qureshi’s signature Biryanis. Yes, another chef from the famed Qureshi family.

The service staff seemed articulate and alert. Roy, serving us was well-spoken and well-informed about the menu too.

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Murg Badam shorba, is what we started with and the creamy soul was comforting. The hint of saffron and the crunch owing to the almonds seamless meshed with the creamy thick broth. There were chaats too on offer but we decided to skip those.

Murg Tikka Patiala was well marinated and grilled to perfection. The smoky flavours were apparent in each bite. The Dahi ke kabab however stole the thunder. Well-made, these were soft, tangy and wholesome.

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For mains, we ordered the makki ki roti and sarson ka saag with a lassoni addition. Did not work for me at all. The saag was far from the real thing. The Punjabi choley with mini lulchas, were robust and delightful. The Nalli Nihari was the star of the show. The pronounced flavours of mutton in a well-spiced gravy and soft well-cooked pieces of mutton and of course the nihari was an absolute treat. Chicken Tariwala too was a preparation which tingled our taste buds.

The assorted rotis were the perfect accompaniment- garlic naan, missi roti, makki ki roti and tandoori roti. The lamb kulcha sounded enticing too.

The dessert options were strangely limited. Jalebi rabdi and malai phirni was all they offered. Both were strictly mediocre as the textures were far from authentic. The phirni lacked the quintessential grainy texture and bite and was too pasty, whereas the rabdi was cloyingly sweet and again of a overly creamy texture. The crisp and well-fried jalebis got my instant vote though.

The thandai shot at the end of our meal was mild but served the purpose of an after-meal digestive.

This place offers an exhaustive variety -both food and the bar menu. Vegetarians need not fret as there are abundant options. The portions too are hearty and perfect for a family meal. The food is well-presented but sans any unnecessary frills.

We missed trying the biryani and in order to remedy that, I need to make a second trip to Basanti and Co.

Open for lunch and dinner, a meal for two without alcohol is approx Rs 1500.

Rating : 3.5/5

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Warm Ramen & A Cool Bar

A bit late in the day to visit the much acclaimed  The Fatty Bao in Bandra West, Mumbai. But it’s never too late, as they say and 2015 is not yet over!

Innovative Asian fare is what I had set out to experience. Yes, there’s a cool bar too, but I was not exactly seeking cocktails on this balmy afternoon.

The place was buzzing and I could get the waft of aromas which made me even more hungry.

The steamed Bao, with diverse fillings was what I was looking forward to. Pan seared chicken with spicy mayonnaise and pickled cucumber filled generously in a Bao, presented itself as we ordered the Teriyaki Glazed Chicken.

The chicken was well done, yet, succulent and had a good bite to it. Enveloped in the teriyaki sauce, it added a zest and zing to the palate. The mayonnaise further lent an exciting texture to the filling. Loved every morsel of this. Filling and replete with fresh ingredients, this one was a winner all the way.

Char Siu Bao The Fatty Bao - Photo Courtesy Kunal Chandra

Just as our palates were absorbing the taste of the Bao, our prawns in xo sauce arrived. Fresh, juicy prawns, swathed in this interesting sauce, but did not really stand out, to my mind, after the outstanding Bao.

The steamed Edamame with sea salt was crunchy as it was flavourful, albeit subtle. Simple yet, luscious flavours. One almost felt healthy biting into that.

Fatty Bao is indeed the perfect destination for a quick lunch or a leisurely dinner. The service is quick, yet not overtly overbearing.

This place is bound to  appeal to anyone who appreciates well-crafted drinks like Fatty Sour and Mickey Ninja, as well as inventive Asian food served in a vibrant and chic atmosphere.

You know you are in safe hands, as the country’s most popular chefs – Manu Chandra and his trusted lieutenants Chef Prashanth Puttaswamy and Chef Karishman Dubash, are at the helm.

I loved the fact that The Fatty Bao’s menu is firmly steeped in fresh Asian flavours and yet is quirky and fun.

Exotic Mushroom Ramen  - The Fatty Bao - Photo Courtesy Kunal Chandra-

 

Open Baos, Dim Sums, Soulful Chasu Ramen, melt in the mouth Pork Belly, Lamb Shanks braised in a Masssaman curry, are some of the must-try dishes on this exhaustive menu.

The Malaysian Kapitan Chicken curry paired well with our Chilli Basil Chicken noodles. The curry offered comforting flavours and was soulful. Just right for this weather. A medley of textures and flavours juxtaposed flawlessly.

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We rounded off our meal with The Passion Fruit Pannacotta. It was creamy and melt-in-the-mouth. The passion fruit flavour was predominant and the honey comb added the right amount of crunch and element of sweetness in the otherwise tart dessert. The pannacotta, was not too sweet and yet, fulfilled the craving for a dessert.

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The Fatty Bao, has won me over with its food and service. It is the contemporary twist to the Asian flavours that really sets this place apart.

 

 

Rating : 4/5