Food Review: Fat Man’s Cafe
Tucked beside Chez Moi in the Candies lane at Bandra Reclamation, it’s easy to miss the Fat Man’s Cafe if you’re not looking out for its bright green board. But step inside and you’ll be greeted by a quirky space with stark walls and wooden booths in pastel hues.
With Quirk Box’s Rixi Bhatia as the designer and the Little Food Co Catering’s Bhakti Mehta as a consultant, expectations from the place were sky-high. But did the Fat Man’s Cafe live up to them? Read on to know more.
The Décor & Ambience
We loved the fact that the cosy space had bright colours and fun posters (the Fat Man’s rules were a riot), without seeming too crowded. The place was buzzing when we visited, which is probably the reason for the wait staff being a bit disoriented. However, they made up for this slight inefficiency by being overly courteous and helpful.
When we heard that the sliders and burgers were the stars of the menu, we were quite excited because, other than the odd exceptions (Café Sundance, Indigo Deli and Woodside Inn), Mumbai’s restaurants have always struggled to get them right. The good news is that both our Crispy Fish Burger with Tartare Sauce (Rs 375) and Portobello Mushroom Slider (Rs 330) were on the right side of delicious. The soft buns only accentuated the moist, succulent fillings inside. Sadly, we couldn’t say the same for the fries served along with the burgers—they were dry and brittle, a possible consequence of having been left in the fryer for too long.
Out of the selection of appetisers (Mezze Platter, Jacket Potatoes, Stuffed Mushrooms, Pesto Chicked Skewers and Bacon Wrapped Prawns), we picked the Stuffed Mushrooms with Pesto and Homemade Ricotta Cheese (Rs 225), a flavourful dish whose taste was only mired by a slight lack of salt.
The Fat Man’s Cafe also offers a range of salads, sandwiches, pastas and eggs, but we decided to skip those in anticipation of dessert. The hot favourite Apple Pie was, unfortunately, out of stock, but we were highly recommended the Orange Sponge Cake by the wait staff. Alas, this is where our good luck ran out. The dry and dense sponge coupled with a frighteningly sweet orange cream flavour was something that could easily have been given a miss.
The Overall Experience
We’re sure that once the teething troubles subside, this will be a great place to grab a quick bite when you’re in the area. With the small space overly compensated with an extra-large menu, this is one place to visit to get your (slightly pricey) dose of comfort food.