If it is not for CityGal invited me for lunch at Funky Villa, I won't have know that it is a restaurant serving very authentic Thai cuisine instead of a lounge and bar. One will have to forgive me for the misunderstanding because the interior design of Funky Villa doesn't really linked my mind with Thai cuisine at all. If I ask my friends like, "Hey let's have Thai for lunch at Funky Villa", they would have looked at me like I'm some sort of crazy person. Who would have thought that a place named Funky Villa serves up really good and authentic Thai cuisine?
We have quite a sizable group that day for lunch. KampungBoyCityGal, Chris & Christine, Ai Wei, Wen Ching, WMW, Jason, Squall and I. First time meeting Wen Ching and Squall. I've been reading Sugar Sugar Bean Bean for more than a year already.
Our bottomless drinks, Roselle (Fresh Ribena), Tamarind (Asam), and Lemongrass (Serai).
There are three areas where one can enjoy the food here. There's the normal dining area, the more relax sofa area and the open air area.
Funk Villa is having lunch set promotion, so we decided to order a few lunch set and then order a few dishes from the a la carte menu to share. The set lunch price is starting from RM 9.90++, damn value.
Let us start with the appetizer. Pamelo Salad (RM15.00++) which is pamelo tossed with chillies, dried shrimp, cashew nut, shredded chicken & prawn. The pamelo is imported from Thailand because the local pamelo will give a bit of bitter taste so it's not too suitable to used in a dish. I think this salad is not too common in Malaysia where the usual Thai salad we encounter is the Mango salad. Especially when the pamelo can't be locally sourced. It's nice change from the same old stuff. Believe me, it tasted as good as mango salad.
Pamelo Salad (RM15.00++)
Fish Cake wrapped in Half boiled egg (RM13.00++ 4pcs) is one dish that you won't commonly find in other Thai restaurant in Malaysia. A Northern Thai Specialty Dish, which is prepared by the Thai chef of Funky Villa. I am salivating just by looking at the picture.
Fish Cake wrapped in Half boiled egg (RM13.00++ 4pcs)
I was just watching Chua's Choice 蔡瀾歎名菜 a day before this lunch. In that episode it shows the process of making this dish, Cat Fish Mango Salad (RM 22.00++) . I was wondering where to find this dish in Malaysia, and voila on the next day I am already having it in front of me. Talk about coincident. To make this this, first the cat fish have to be cooked and then the meat will be taken out from the bone. The fish meat will then be chopped very finely and then fried till crispy. It's quite a effort to make this dish, so it's worth every sen. Imagine crispy fish floss and eat it with sourish young mangoes. Damn, I'm salivating again.
Cat Fish Mango Salad (RM 22.00++)
A Thai meal is not complete without the famous Tom Yum Kung (RM23.00++) and each chef have their own special recipe for Tom Yum Kung (Kung means Prawn in Thai). For Funky Villa the Tom Yum Prawns is cooked with young coconut pulp so the spiciness is not too intense, and you'll get the pleasing coconut taste. Try eating the coconut pulp, you'll love it.
Tom Yum Kung (RM23.00++)
Another soup dish that we had is Tom Kha Seafood (RM22.00++). Instead of coconut pulp, coconut milk is used in this soup to make this soup. Don't feel jelak when seeing that the soup is filled with coconut milk. For an unknown reason this soup don't feel that way at all.
Tom Kha Seafood (RM22.00++)
Some of the set lunches that we had are:
Vegetable Spring Rolls, Green Curry Chicken & Steam Rice (RM 11.90 ++)
Tom Yum Gung, Pad Thai Seafood Noodle (RM 17.90++)
Pamelo Salad, Thai Herb Fried Rice with Seafood (RM 13.90++)
All sets come with bottomless Lemon Grass drink. If this is a not a bargain, I don't know what is. Remember the set lunches are available from 12pm to 3pm daily.
I've tasted Penang otak-otak, and Johor otak-otak. This time I get to try Thai Steam Otak Otak in Coconut (Homok) (RM23.00++). Homok is steamed fish with red curry & herbs served in fresh coconut. Very different from the Malaysian otak-otak that wrap the fish in pandan leaf. Yummy.
Thai Steam Otak Otak in Coconut (Homok) (RM23.00++)
I'll have to say that the Thai Herbs Minced Chicken (RM12.00++) is a very good dish to go with a pint of nice cold beer. Crisp- fried Battered Minced Chicken Meat with an Array of Thai Herbs & Crunchy Rice, beer dish, no? Too bad I didn't have any that day.
Thai Herbs Minced Chicken (RM12.00++)
The Stir fried squid in salted egg yolk (RM17.00++) is kind of different from the fried squid with salted egg yolk that we had in our Chinese tai chao. First of all, you won't see the salted egg yolk.
Stir fried squid in salted egg yolk (RM17.00++)
After so many dishes, we're almost have enough but wait, there's still room for dessert lol.
Dessert Twin Dessert special - Mango sticky rice & Red Rubies (water chestnut with jack fruit) to serve with vanilla ice-cream (RM16.90++). It's best to eat the mango sticky rice first when it's still warm.
Ginkgo Nut in coconut served with shaved ice (RM7.90++). Ginkgo nut, so healthy, no?
Cantaloupe with sago in coconut & shaved ice (RM7.90++)
The fun doesn't ends here. Let me introduce you to the mother of all cocktail. Giant Cocktail, Funky Rita 750ml (RM55.00++). Compare the glass with Wen Ching's hand and you'll have grasp of how big this Funky Rita is. I drank like 1/6 of it and I slept like a baby when I reached home after the lunch.
Giant Cocktail, Funky Rita 750ml (RM55.00++)
This is the best Thai food I had recently. I'll be sure to drop by and more Thai food here, and of course the Funky Rita.
Origin of Funky Villa
Funky Villa is inspired from the infamous Full Moon Parties in Koh Phangan. Moons ago, a group of tourists found that the most beautiful moon was in Koh Phangan. They arranged a party along the crescent-shaped beach of Haad Rin to celebrate the Full Moon night. From then on, people from all over the world come to join the monthly celebration. As twilight descends and the moon reveals itself fully, the beach comes alive with 7,000 to 10,000 party people going into a dancing frenzy with international MCs spinning on the decks, buskers entertaining the crowds, fireworks firing up the party and surf of waves lapping up the atmosphere.
Lot No. G-03A, G-06 & EG-06, Ground Floor, e@Curve
No. 24, Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara,
47810 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel / Fax : 603 7725 2308
Email : enquiry@funky_group.com
Facebook Page: FunkyVilla – e@Curve