The original Soho location of this Indo-Chinese restaurant has an almost cult-like following of lamb chop-yielding enthusiasts claiming that their chops are some of the best in London. And after experiencing them at their second location, this time in Covent Garden, we can confirm that they are indeed meaty, tender, and a cause we can 100% get behind—but that’s not all that’s impressive Fatt Pundit.
The menu, which is split into vegetarian, seafood, and meat dishes, is packed with exciting-sounding things that actually taste exciting too. Think deep fried spinach leaves covered in a sweet yoghurt, date, and plum sauce and pomegranate seeds. A refreshing vegetarian dish with the fun-factor of popping candy, some Bombay chilli prawns that we wish we could supersize, or a creamy Malabar monkfish curry we could sip through a straw, and, of course, those perfectly charred lamb chops. Most of the food here is nice enough to have you planning your next visit whilst you’re still sat at the table, bar the odd chicken dish—AKA the Manchurian chicken—which is a little underwhelming, but overall there’s enough variety to keep even the ultimate carnivore, a vegetarian, or a mixed group happy.
Our favourite way to experience this Covent Garden spot is to bring three hungry friends and take one of the booths, order as much of the sharing plates as we can (avoiding the noodles, which taste fine but forgettable, and feel less deserving of the stomach space), until the waiter says it’s simply too much. And then eat our way through a feast of delicious flavours. With its combination of four-people booths, high tables for two, and a downstairs room that could easily accommodate a large group, this is a spot that can be used for pretty much anything. Just make sure that someone in your party is ready to get down and dirty with those lamb chops.
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Is it spinach? Is it popping candy? Is it a figment of our imagination? It might be a combination of the three, but the most important thing you should know is that this is an essential order. Get one, or better yet two, because as soon as this hits your table it will get snatched up.
Sticky Sesame Vegetables
Fried vegetable fritters covered in a sticky, spicy glaze, these bite-size chunks should come with a spice warning. With that being said, they’re so tasty and addictive that you’ll risk burning your taste buds off every time. And it’ll be worth it.
Bombay Chilli Prawns
These deep-fried prawns are covered in a sticky, spicy, sauce, and might just be our favourite seafood dish here.
Monkfish Malabar Curry
Calling this creamy is like calling these penguins ‘kinda cute’. It’s a big, fat understatement. The sauce is buttery and smooth with a hint of sweetness from the coconut and a piece of monkfish that flakes apart at the touch of a fork. Great with the bing bread, or the egg szechuan fried rice.
Meaty, perfectly charred, and covered in a masala rub, these are a must order.