Indo-Chinese restaurant in London
The Fatt Pundit is a cool indo-chinese restaurant in London, Soho, playfully named, combining the common Chinese surname ‘Fatt’ with the Indian word ‘Pundit’ (a scholar).
It looks small from the outside, but the inside extends far back. It’s minimalist interior gives off a sophisticated vibe, with earthy colours, raw finish, and atmospheric lighting from the uplighters along the backs of the seats and hanging lights. From the moment you walk in, the service is super friendly, efficient and accommodating.
Fatt Pundit serves a unique cuisine originally invented by the Hakka people when they migrated to India from the chinese province of Canton. It incorporates traditional chinese cooking techniques with the spices of India.
The menu itself features a large array of sharing plates including veggie, meat and seafood options as well as their famous momo’s. They recommend five or six dishes between two. Definitely go hungry and try as much as you can because this menu is incredible!
In this style of cuisine, all meals start with Momo’s. They are hearty, flavoursome steamed dumplings served straight from steel steamers, and served with a spicy chutney. All served in a portion of three, so perfect for sharing a couple. The Kid Goat Momo (£5) with garam masala, cardamom and ginger, were packed with rich aromatic flavours, and were soft and absolutely delicious. The Chicken Momo (also £5), with soy, garlic and spring onions, were beautiful in flavour too, just as soft, with the garlic and onion just shining through.
The crackling spinach (£7.50), with sweet yogurt, date & plum sauce and pomegranate, was a recommendation from the manager. We loved the crispy spinach, it had a great texture. It was a creamy, yet refreshing dish, with pops of juiciness from the pomegranate. All the flavours worked together so well, and it made the perfect accompaniment to all the rich flavours from the other dishes
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The Hakka Chilly Paneer Lettuce Cups (£7.50), were a sure fire winner of a dish. Consisting of that beautiful cottage cheese, shallots, soy sauce, white + black pepper, it was one well-seasoned dish with plenty of flavour. Not very spicy, yet a delicious marinade. The paneer had a great texture too!
The Bombay Chilly Prawns (£14) were our favourite of the night however. HUGE juicy prawns, with celery, Szechuan chilly and mixed peppers, it was one outstanding dish. So much flavour, and not overly spicy, to accompany the fab textures. We were literally fighting over who had the last one.
The Rabbit Wontons (£11) came second – but it was a tough call, and took much deliberation as to choose our top picks. With smoked garlic, black bean and chilli oil, they had a great depth of flavour, were succulent, the wontons soft, and the sauce perfect for dipping bread in. One dreamy sharing plate we highly recommend adding to your order.
The Shredded Chilly Venison (£11) was probably the most spicy of the dishes, yet it still didn’t have too much heat to it. With smoked dark soya, the rich, slightly chewy, shredded venison, was served alongside a squidgy mantou bread. The bread reminded us a little of bao-style buns, and together made one fab, tasty dish.
We also opted for a Bing Bread (£3.50) on the side, a traditional chinese bread. It’s a flaky, slightly herby flatbread, and is absolutely delicious alongside the other dishes, or for using to mop up the sauces.
The menu has just two dessert options, and we do recommend making space. The sizzling brownie with vanilla ice cream (£7), had the steaming hot chocolate sauce poured over once it had arrived at our table. The dish was rich and indulgent, with the vanilla ice cream balancing out the brownie and sauce.
The Mango Shrikhand (£5) is a more refreshing dessert option. A sweetened hung mango flavoured yogurt with saffron, it’s topped with crunchy honeycomb. It’s creamy, juicy and a great way to end such a rich, delectable feast.
The wine list features a reasonable selection of white and red wine, with an option for sparkling and one rose thrown in too. Prices start at £4.50 for a glass. We tried a beautiful sweet red, a glass of the Contero Brachetto D’Acqui, alongside dessert. It had a cranberry/pomegranate taste, and a slight tart edge.
The drinks list also has a handful of beer options, spirits and soft drinks. This includes four mocktails (£4 each), inspired by the fruit vendors of India, where they serve fresh cut fruit with variety of spices and salts, and offers the option to make them cocktails (£9).
The Kala Kattah Mojito with black currant, black salt, was a tasty twist on the mexican classic. Recommended with Rum to make it a cocktail, it was a refreshing, light drink alongside the rich feast. The Mango Szechuan rush with alphonso mango and szechuan syrup, was seriously juicy and fruity, with a touch of pepper. Spiked with vodka, as recommended, it made for another great cocktail. The juiciness sitting nicely alongside the spicy dishes.
This was one incredible meal. Every single dish impressed with its flavours and textures. The drinks accompanied it all so well too – we loved both the cocktails and the sweet wine. It’s a cool, relaxed spot with fantastic service and we would definitely recommend it for all manner of occasions. This delicious indo-chinese restaurant in London should be on everyone’s must visit list!
East London Girl: Fatt Pundit
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