10 years ago, when he started his company, ‘Plan B Entertainment’, Rajiv Tandon was a lanky youngster. A decade of regular partying at his clients’ nightclubs resulted in a much rounder figure. Acquaintances would tell their friends to check with ‘the fat man at the door’ to gain entry into these clubs. So, when Rajiv decided to open his own café in May 2014, he figured the best name for it would be ‘Fat Man’s Café’!
You can expect quirkiness in abundance at this small eatery in Bandra. But the kitschy décor designed by Rixi Bhatia does makes you ignore the space constraint of this café and instead enjoy it cheery ambience. With white washed brick walls, a pencil etching of a window on one wall, a row of posters of the Fat Man engaged in various activities, brightly colored furniture and equally colorful wall paint – Fat Man Café exudes a cosy welcome to guests.
The café is located on a stretch that has several other eateries and pubs, so it will attract lot of spillover crowd. We noticed several people looking into the brightly lit café out of curiosity and staying back to check out its offerings. Not expecting the café to run to full capacity within a couple of days of opening, Rajiv has to call in his friends, who could be seen taking orders and serving customers.
BREAKFAST AND MORE
Though it’s an all-day diner, the menu is heavily skewed towards breakfast dishes, because Rajiv wants to tap people who would like to grab a quick, yet healthy bite before heading out to work. They can choose from a range of egg preparations – from Scrambled Eggs to Fat Man’s Special Baked Egg Bowl, as well as waffles and pancakes with some coolers, teas and coffees to go with it.
While perusing the menu, we decided to try the Seasonal Fresh Fruit Juice (INR 125) and Mixed Vegetable Juice (INR 125). The latter was sadly unavailable, and the former was cool and refreshing, just the way we hoped it would be, though a few mint leaves could make it perfect.
For appetizers, we tried the Jacket Potatoes with Chipotle Corn (INR 240). Well cooked, the creamy corn filling ensured we did not have smoke streaming from our ears, though this is one hell of a greasy dish. The Bacon Wrapped Prawns with side salad (INR 360) were just as greasy, and we wished the prawns were bigger because they were entirely overwhelmed by the saltiness of the bacon rashers.
The Portobello Mushroom Sliders (INR 330) are served prettily on a doily inside a wooden serving tray. High on taste courtesy the meaty and earthy smoked mushroom mixed with pesto and molten mozzarella, eating it calls for some skills in balancing because the mushroom tried its best to slip from between the buns. The salty shoestring fries served alongside make for great munchies and before we knew it, we had polished off the entire jar.
The Grilled Rawas (INR 475) is definitely worth a mention. Served with some veggies on the side, the dish itself is not unusual. But the freshness of the fish and the thickness of the chargrilled fillets as well as the tangy notes of the lemon caper sauce in which it is tossed, hit the right notes.
The Filet Mignon (INR 475) also deserves a mention, more for the accompanying apple and beetroot salad. It perfectly complemented the tender and juicy steak, which is served with a mound of mashed potatoes and some lettuce leaves tossed in balsamic vinegar. Stuffed as we are, we decided to give the desserts a miss. This will also give us the opportunity to revisit the café again, and soon.
The dishes at Fat Man Café are pretty run-of-the-mill. But if you are looking for a quick bite, then it fits the bill. The highlights of this eatery are its vibrant, colorful décor, welcoming and unobtrusive staff and the fuss-free food, making it a great place to catch up with friends for long chats.