Review Five Fat Monks, R City Mall, Ghatkopar – value for money


My latest find, Five Fat Monks in R City Mall, Ghatkopar has been a gastronomical delight. It is a pan-asian restaurant with limited menu but is easy on the pocket and amazing on your taste buds. On a Saturday afternoon, when we were famished and were heading to a pocket friendly burger joint is when we came across this small café in the R City compound. The first look is of a small bright retro looking joint which can seat not more than 15 – 20 people in one go. There is a live counter at the very end where you can see chefs at work. A bright image of various food items catches your attention and you find a place to sit. The music was yesteryear pop. Not a bad idea when everywhere people are playing Yo-Yo Honey Singh. The waiting staff is under training as they seem pretty plastic and scripted, otherwise it seems like a warm and friendly zone. The table has basic sauce platter and a cup holding straws and plastic cutleries.  And you feel that is this what they mean by food-on-a-budget? They bring you a sheet where you need to tick your choices. Either you can go a la carte or ‘make it your way’ a concept where you can choose your vegges, meat, sauce and rice/noodle combination.

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We started with the drinks. Soft drink section had green tea (on the house) therefore I ordered a cup. It was nothing more than a cup of warm water. Unfortunately, no flavor! We decided to try their Tangy Hot and Sour soup with seafood. The soup was delicious and had a generous amount of seafood bits in it. It was definitely above expectation. We also decided to try steamed chicken Silky Dimsum and I can vouch for them. The dimsum cover was translucent white and the meat filling was succulent. It was perfect with the chili oil dip and was definitely the best dish that afternoon. Next we ordered for the non-vegge wok of chicken noodle with red chili pepper sauce and it was very tasty. The portion sizes of each dish were generous. It was absolutely filling for two people. And the total amount spent on this lavish lunch was Rs. 780 including a can of cola. Now that’s called value for money without sacrificing the taste and quality. They also do not use MSG which was a relief as husband is little averse to it. All the food is served either in a paper box or paper cup and you need to use plastic cutlery. Good for takeaway on the go but holding a paper box while your food is just off the stove is a little uncomfortable. (Burnt fingers! Ouch!)

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Pros – Food, food, food                           
Cons – Can include more options in the menu, small restaurant, better cutlery    

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Will I go there again? Of course, yes! Pan-asian cuisine is my favorite and Five Fat Monks are 10 on 10 in the taste department.    

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