You might ask yourself why I post such a sketch-like article with pitiful pictures about a restaurant that has been reviewed in much thorough and brighter ways by many other blogs. Well, it’s just that this blog isn’t only for sharing experiences in a preferably elegant way, it sometimes also needs to hold as my personal memory for restaurants I’ve been, and about which I don’t want to forget, especially if they’re not within spitting distance.
So basically this post says: “Alex, if you ever come to New York again, go to Fatty Crab and try some more of their food”
The whole story about this experience though starts with Toby recommending me to try a few items of Fatty Crab’s menu and he even gave me a “you won’t regret it!” kind of guarantee. And I really didn’t regret.
I started lunch there with Fatty Crab’s tea-sandwiches -which are best pictured and described here, I needn’t add much more – a very tasty and enjoyable start. Then I went on with watermelon pickle and crispy pork. And this dish really told me a story about how those guys cook and what their intentions are. So first of all, the fresh watermelon and the fatty (yet tasty pork) have a nice interaction, also with the thinly cut scallions, but what amazed me was that dressing which was spicy and distinct and I instantly recognized the slightly pungent flavor of Ikan Bilis in it, those small dried fish which are so common in Malaysian Food (even for breakfast with coconut rice). I asked the waiter and he confirmed that they are part of the recipe! And yes, you’re right if you feel that this sentence has a little connotation of pride about my palate! ;=)
So what I acrtually want to say is that I feel like(as a none Malaysian though, so beware of subjectivity) this restaurant really manages to prepare food which is a good mix between authentic Asian/Malaysian flavors and a very Western idea of creativity. I might even predicate that this kind of cooking would please the crowds in Malaysia too. (By the way, there is a restaurant chain in Kuala Lumpur named Fatty Crab too, what a coincidence ;=))
Finally I shouldn’t forget my last dish – those delicious and juicy mini burgers -mouth-watering when I only think of them, even 2 weeks after having been there! Not so much Asian flavor in there, but undisputable.
So all in all, I really like this place, and when I read again through those lines I realize this sounds quite enthusiastic. Well I am, but since I don’t want to generate any false expectations let’s just sum it up again: this isn’t a formal fine dining place (the name clearly doesn’t sound like one), but rather a cozy but modern bistro, with the previously mentioned influences. And there is a bar, and a nice little wine list. I would think that this is a great place for brunch also. Anyways, I have to return.