Food Review: Fatt Pundit, Soho, London.
I have been waiting for an Indo-Chinese restaurant to come to central London instead of making the trek to zone 5 and finally, there’s Fatt Pundit, right in the heart of Soho. It might not quite be the kind of food that many here associate Indian food with given the abundance of ‘curry houses’ but this cuisine brings back so many wonderful memories of home to me.
Inside, the vibe of the restaurant is a mix of Soho-sharing-plates buzzy and Indian café chic: long and narrow, exposed concrete, small tables, large dining bar, never quite enough space for all the plates that will arrive and decorated with a strong influence from Tangra, a Hakka-heavy region in east Calcutta.
Now, the food. Max and I being vegetarians, we ordered nearly everything veggie friendly from the menu - Momos, Schezuan fried rice, Hakka noodles et al. What I personally loved were the crispy okra fries and chilli paneer, they definitely got the flavours right. This may be slightly pricey but it is in central London after all. Fatt Pundit is now on my list of the top ten restaurants in London and I’m already thinking of when I’ll be back.
My passion for food, particularly trying the vegetarian dishes from different cuisines stems from the advantage of living in London. The diversity here is remarkable. You can head to another part of town and try an authentic dish from a country that is 6000 miles away.