Five Fat Monks – Affordable Asian
One of the first restaurants to be part of the new wave of joints opposite the uber-chic Balewadi High Street, Five Fat Monks is the perfect spot to enjoy some clean, affordable Asian fare. Their menu sports some popular Asian delicacies, along with customizable Wok dishes, and a lot of quick eats, perfect for someone looking for a food fix on a budget. #TheBTeam was invited to take a dekko at their fare, and here #baconbaba’s list of the top 5 items to enjoy here:
Butter Garlic Prawns
Perfectly cooked prawns, lightly tossed in butter, garlic, chillies and capsicum. The sauce does not overpower the glorious crustaceans, only forming the perfect base for the fresh sea food. Definitely something worth multiple orders, and the first thing to look for when eating here.
Yes, yet another prawns dish makes it to this list. These are crusted with a panko coating, providing a lovely bite to the prawns. A tiny layer of wasabi sauce under the crisp outer coating gives it a superb kick – these would pair fabulously with a glass of beer of a hot afternoon (for those home delivery orders) or to munch on while waiting for your mains.
Bow Wow chilly Bombay Chicken
Fried bits of chilly chicken, topped with spring onions and crisp fried onions, blanketed in a soft, pillowy bao. This is what dreams are made of. Absolutely the perfect to-go snack, this one is a must-order when at Five Fat Monks. They also have a great paneer version for the vegetarians out there.
The Big Monks Special
This is one is part of their ‘Specials’ menu. While you can order these separately as a Schezwan Sauce and Fried rice, the combo meal is a perfect ‘one-person-bowl’. Hot, spicy, delicious Schezwan sauce, huge chunks of chicken, fried rice at the bottom, and spring onions on top – this is bliss!
Their take on the ever popular Burmese delicacy, the Khow Suey, this is a “premixed” version of the coconut based stew. This is slightly spicier, and did miss the strong coconut milk flavor, it is delicious nonetheless. Topped with a generous amount of cashews (the original expects peanuts), and fried onions, its quite a pleasure to eat. Again, a ‘one-person-bowl’ meal, this will satisfy a hungry soul (like yours truly).
I was invited for the tasting event. The Usual Disclaimer applies.