“Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride.” – Anthony Bourdain
Fat Bowl replicates the Asian fusion wave that Melbourne has seemed to only just recover from. Whilst the menu focuses on modern takes on traditional Asian dishes, it spans from Japanese to Indonesian – each dish having a unique take.
Hungering for some Balinese pork, I ordered the Babi Guling with a side of Caesar salad. A strange yet compelling combination. The succulent pork had a crunchy exterior, giving way to an interior that simply melted upon each mouthful. The salad itself was crispy and eased the delectable pork fat that was subsiding in my stomach.
Joe ordered the pork belly, which arrived in the form very, very similar to my Babi Guling. Deliciously filling and served with a side of creamy turmeric snake beans.
For entree we had low expectations for the Japanese enoki but were pleasantly surprised. The beef was on the chewier side of the scale, and the mushrooms added a joyful resistance to the small bites laid before use. Served with a chilli, sesame soy, a good way to begin your furore through Fat Bowls menu.
Fat Bowl is a good option when you want to try Bali’s take on Modern Asian-Fusion. The menu itself is very incentive and I would love to visit to sample more of Fat Bowls offerings. Alas my time had run out and my consumption of Bali had come to a sudden end.