8 November 2013
So pleased with the results of my online bargain-hunting. The deal scored us 50% food prices at Funtastico in Subiaco, making it one of our fanciest discount-dates so far. We died looking at the regular prices, which are not exactly friendly to student budgets, so I’ve listed them in this review to help others avoid any disappointment.
Funtastico is quite a swish Italian restaurant, but the atmosphere is casual enough that the outside tables have plastic chairs and I was comfortable wearing jeans. The slightly confusing vibe of fancy-but-not-too-fancy is represented well by the thick napkins, which are made of coarse paper but replaced after each course.
The pan-seared scallops were tender and perfectly cooked. We really enjoyed the combo of creamy artichoke mash, crisp salty pancetta, peppery rocket, and the sweet tangy balsamic glaze. This dish was super tasty but seriously expensive. On an ordinary day, I could never bring myself to pay more than $5 for a single scallop.
Taglierini e crab ($33)
We were really impressed with the large chunks of blue swimmer crab in our pasta dish. However, the watery tomato and chilli sauce lacked the punchy flavour that I was hoping for. Modo Mio's crab pasta is probably still my favourite with its subdued and delicate combination of flavours.
Veal is young beef with a soft texture and a less meaty flavour than regular cow. We ordered the pan-fried veal medallions with proscuitto, which came with white wine and sage. The rocket and fried polenta helped to soak up the very salty sauce. While the meat was tender and the polenta had a lovely crispy texture, the rich salty flavour was quite overpowering, which made it difficult for me to eat more than a few bites.
Panna cotta ($10.50)
My handsome dining companion ordered the vanilla panna cotta with mixed berry compote. The chefs are apparently trialling a new panna cotta recipe, which is pretty awesome. Despite my usual aversion to custard-like desserts, I enjoyed the smooth creamy panna cotta. The manager asked what we thought so we let her know that the berries were a little too sweet and smothered the delicate flavours of the panna cotta.
Limoncello lime tart ($10.50)
Honestly, this dessert couldn’t compare to the amazing lemon meringue that I recently drooled over at Jamie’s Italian. The lime filling was dense and tangy, not too sweet, and had a smooth texture. I enjoyed crunching on the thick shortcake base, but the candied lime pieces were too bitter for my liking.
Service was attentive and polite with staff frequently refilling our water glasses. The manager was lovely and actively sought our feedback. Also they forgot to discount our scallop dish, but they promised to refund the difference if we drop by with our receipt sometime. Our meal cost over $60 each before the discount, so this restaurant is not exactly budget-friendly.
Likes: generous serving of crab on pasta, well-prepared veal medallions
Dislikes: salty sauce with veal, watery pasta sauce, hefty regular prices
Value for money: not great, unless you have a 50% discount
Overall: would happily return with discount, but regular prices too steep
12 Rokeby Rd
(08) 9381 2688