Funky Villa, e@Curve

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I have noticed the recent opening of Funky Villa at e@Curve (formerly known as Cineleisure). The signboard says they serve authentic Thai cuisine but this place has always slipped my mind whenever we’re debating on where to eat after gym. Thanks to KBCY and Natalie, we finally drop by for lunch one weekend afternoon.

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The place lived up to its name, with vibrant colours decked almost every nooks and corners of the bistro/pub-like establishment. While I’ve been to numerous Thai restaurants with traditional or formal set ups, I don’t remember I’ve been to any restaurants such as this.

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We sampled some of their set lunches, as well as their a la carte items, courtesy of Natalie, the Communication Manager of Funky Villa. Their set lunch priced from RM9.90 – RM17.90, which includes starter, main course and bottomless lemongrass drink and available daily from 12pm – 3pm. From top left, clockwise: Vegetable Spring Rolls + Green Curry Chicken & Rice (RM11.90), Pad Thai Seafood Noodle + Tom Yam Gung (RM17.90), Thai Herb Fried Rice with Seafood + Pomelo Salad (RM13.90) and Tom Yam Seafood Noodle + Golden Prawn Pan Cake (RM16.90). All the food mentioned above are delectable especially the Pad Thai and Thai Herb Fried Rice. However, I find that the green curry lacked the spiciness.

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For starters, we had this rather unique Hard-boiled Eggs Wrapped in Fish Cake (RM13+ for 4) and Pomelo Salad with Chicken, Shrimp & Cashew Nuts (RM15+). Both whet our appetite in an instant; the juicy pomelo sacs drenched in tangy dressing is gorgeous, slightly different from Kinnaree’s version, which has less dressing but spicier while Funky Villa’s is more sour-ish. The cute eggs, wrapped in fried fish paste (that makes up the fish cake layer) and topped with onion and chilli were scrumptious but usually aren’t available in most Thai restaurants.

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Cat Fish Mango Salad (RM22+). Eventhough delicious, the fish floss were too finely minced, hence I couldn’t taste any fish in it. The mango salad fares better.

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Tom Kha Seafood (RM22+) looked plain at first, but actually it’s a sour and spicy soup with coconut milk base. The Tom Yam Gung (RM23+) on the other hand, had young coconut pulps added to it, lending the soup a refreshing twist. However, I personally felt that both of them would be better if they’re spicier.

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Squid in Salted Egg Yolk (RM17+) was pretty ordinary, we couldn’t detect any salted egg yolk in it.

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Homok or Thai Steam Otak Otak in Coconut (RM23+) is rather special – fish fillets were steamed in hollowed coconut with basil and red curry spices. The fish is redolent with grated coconut and red curry spices, yummy stuff.

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For dessert, we had 3 types. You can have two of the famous Thai desserts with Twin Dessert Special (RM16.90+) that comes with Mango Sticky Rice and Tub Tim Krob or Red Rubies in coconut milk with jackfruit and vanilla ice cream. The fusion Red Rubies works well, I love the sweet ice cream pairing with the slightly salty coconut milk.

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If you prefer something different, try the Cantaloupe (rockmelon) with Sago in Coconut Milk and Shaved Ice (RM7.90+). A very refreshing and light dessert but the coarsely shaved ice might be an irritation to some people who likes finely shaved ice.

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And here comes Funky Rita! (RM55+ for 750ml). It is certainly fun and a bit quirky to have few people sharing the giant cocktail (they girls even posed with it as some sort of trophy!)

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Thank you to Natalie for having us over!

Funky Villa
Lot No. G-03A, G-06 & EG-06,
Ground Floor, e@Curve,
No. 24, Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya.

Tel / Fax : 03-7725 2308
Email : enquiry@funky_group.com
Facebook Page: FunkyVilla – e@Curve

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One Night Only. The Jaya One Foodcrawl, Part 3 – Divino & Kinnaree

*Click here to read about Part 1.
*Click here to read about Part 2.

As we soon as we were done with Bar Madrid, the floggers are getting impatient since the weather that night was scorchingly warm. Most of us let out a sigh of relief when we were directed to Divino, our next stop for some wine before hitting the main course. Divino serves not just wine and single malt whiskeys, but also serves value meals such as Grilled Butter Cod and Grilled Rack of Lamb with Yoghurt and Mint, while the adjoining Pristine Wine Shoppe offers a wide range of Old and New World wines.

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The person in charge of Divino, Dawn prepared 4 types of wines for us that night. From left to right: Juno Shiraz (South Africa), Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage (South Africa), Black Cottage Pinot Noir (New Zealand) and Lobster Reef Malborough Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand). For both South Africa red wines we tried that night, I prefer the Juno Shiraz which carries a slight nutty and fruity aroma. Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage has a more intense flavour and colour derived from tannins, while Black Cottage Pinot Noir was slightly spicy but not as heavy as Ken Forrester Petit Pinotage. The only white wine that night, Lobster Reef Malborough Sauvignon Blance was most probably the “palate-friendly” wine as it’s a young wine. Recommended for beginners (like me) and goes well with seafood.

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The entourage then scurried away to our first mains for the night at Kinnaree. This beautifully decorated Thai restaurant had us going oohs and aahs; the lotus-shaped plates and lotus napkin holder are synonym with Kinnaree, a mythical Thai creature – half woman, half swan – who lives in a lotus pond. Kinnaree serves set only for lunch and priced at RM12.80+. As for dinner, only a la carte orders are available. Food here start from RM 6 – RM 60 and there’s a wine corkage charge at RM 3 per pax. Kinnaree is a pork free restaurant.

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The Yam Som O (RM 16), spicy pomelo salad with chicken, shrimp and cashew nuts, is scrumptious. It’s a combination of different flavours with textures; the rich spicy sauce pairs with the juicy pomelo sacs perfectly.

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By now, I get to know that “pla” means “fish” in Thai language. Pla Sam Rod or Deep Fried Boneless Fish with Tamarind Sauce (RM 40 for tilapia, RM 60 for garoupa) was another recommended dish. Boneless fish fillets were lightly battered, deep fried and doused with tangy tamarind sauce. The fish was fresh and the meat firm. A good substitute to the usual steamed fish in lime sauce.

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Grilled Australian Ribeye with Spicy Thai Sauce or Crying Tiger or Ser Rong Hain (RM 32), although cooked medium raw, it was rather tough to chew on. Since there were no representative from the restaurant to brief us, we were left in the dark about the name – why Crying Tiger?

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Divino & Pristine Wine Shoppe
6-1, Palm Square, Jaya One,
No.72-A, Jalan Universiti,
46000 PJ, Malaysia.

Phone: 03-7955 9968
Email: marketing@divino.com.my
Web: http://www.divino.com.my
Contact person: Ms. Dawn Lim

Business Hours:
Mon – Fri: 11.30am – 12.00am
Sat: 3.00pm – 12.00am
Closed on Sundays.
Accepts Visa/Mastercard/Diners.

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Kinnaree Thai Restaurant
12-1, Palm Square, Jaya One,
No. 72-A, Jalan Universiti,
46200 PJ, Malaysia.

Phone: 03-7957 3910
Fax: 03-7957 3920
Email: kinnaree.jayaone@thaiinspired.com
Web: http://www.thaiinspired.com
Contact person: Maggie Ang

Business Hours:
Mon – Sat: 12pm – 3.30pm & 6.00pm – 10.30pm
Sun: 6pm – 10.30pm (Dinner only)
Accepts American Express/Visa/Mastercard/Diners/Japan Credit Bureau Card

Quick jump:

Phai Lin, Bandar Sri Damansara

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Citygal texted me few weeks ago, asking whether I’m interested going for Thai food review at Bandar Sri Damansara. I agreed to it cos it’s been a while since I last had any Thai delicacies.

The restaurant is tucked in one corner inside Sri Damansara Club, which maybe misleading for some people who think that the restaurant is not open for public. In fact, the restaurant is open to the public, so you don’t need to be a member of the club to enter the club’s compound.

As the meal were being prepared, we were quickly being introduced to Rachel, William and the rest of the group who made it to the dinner.

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The appetizer, being deep fried spring rolls arrived first (RM 8 for small, 13 for large). They were pretty normal stuff with yambean (sengkuang) filling but I think the skin was a bit too hard.

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The Claypot Glass Noodle with Prawns (RM 15 for small, 22 for large) arrived with its full glory. They uses medium-sized prawns for the dish, which are really fresh, springy and sweet. The glass noodle absorbed most of the essence from the prawns, surprisingly not soggy nor too dry (else they will clump together) and has a nice bite to it.

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The deep fried garoupa (RM 35) presented in a very Chinese-like style, with the sweet sour sauce poured all over the fish. Again, the skin of the fish was rather hard but still crispy and the flesh were firm and fresh. We mopped the sauce clean with the fish and rice too!

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CK enjoyed the Deep Fried Chicken Wings with Thai Herbs (RM 12 for small, 18 for large). I have to agree with him; the wings were fried to perfection, which retain the succulent, juicy meat and yet, the skin was crispy. The combination of sweet basil leaves, chopped lemongrass, garlic and dried chillies infused the dish with an aromatic, drool-inducing fragrance.

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Tomyam soup is a must when having Thai meal (RM 18 for small, 28 for large). Phai Lin did a good job in delivering the authentic taste of Tomyam; spicy, sour, not too thick and slightly sweet from the seafood.

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Other than the Stir-fried Mixed Vegetable (RM 11 for small, 17 for large), we also had my favourite Mango Salad (RM 9.50 for small, 15 for large). The shredded young mangoes were just nice, not too sour and mixed with peanuts, chopped cili padi, some dried chillies, julienned carrot, onion, lime juice and a dash of fish sauce.

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When we thought the dinner has come to an end, we were surprised when the waiter placed this Raw Prawn Salad (RM 12 for small, 22 for large) on the table. While most of us were rather skeptical to devour it (especially me since I don’t take sashimi), William, Simon and yours truly decided to give it a try. Eaten together with garlic and grinded mint leaves, the prawns were again, really fresh but the more I munch on it, the more stuff seem to be filling up my mouth which prompt me to swallow it as soon as possible. Maybe I’m still not used to raw seafood.

Although there are some hit and misses, it does satisfy my craving on Thai food for the meantime. Kudos to the proprietor and chefs on the effort to maintain the authentic Thai flavour and quality in their food and doesn’t tweak much of the properties to suit local taste. If you’re within the vicinity, do give Phai Lin a try.

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Phai Lin Thai & Chinese Restaurant
Sri Damansara Club Berhad,
Lot 23304, Persiaran Perdana,
Bandar Sri Damansara,
52200 Kuala Lumpur.

Web: http://www.phailinrestaurant.com

Read about Simon, William and WorldWindow’s opinion here, here and here.