Monday, February 23, 2015

Fa-Ying by Rama V @ Paradigm Mall, Kelana Jaya

Fa-Ying by Rama V may have been around for a couple of years, but the name is not one unheard of. Conveniently located at the family favourite Paradigm Mall, the restaurant is separated from the main building of the mall and is accessible via the entrance above the concierge counter.

Stepping in, discover an eclectic treasure trove of Thai vintage carvings lining the wall of the main dining area. Those who would love to chill out after a long day at work may opt for high stool seating by the bar.

 ICE POPS!
Iced Thai Milk Tea Pops @ RM13

There we go for the star of the evening! What's interesting about the ice pops beverages is the flavoured ice cubes that allow you to enjoy the consistent taste of the drinks until the very last sip. Just pour in the chilled milk into the glass of brown sugar and allow the Thai tea ice cubes to melt away. You'd be surprised with the trio combination!

Iced Lemongrass Basil Pops @ RM15

Perfect as a thirst quencher among the Thais, the lemongrass cooler is equally interesting
as the soda blends well with ice cubes of lemongrass. 

 TAPAS
Neur Dadt Deow @ RM18
Deep-fried sun-dried marinated beef tenderloin strips served with Thai chilli sauce

Any outstanding Thai restaurant should take pride in crafting authentic Thai flavours, but the Thai chefs in Fa-Ying goes beyond the traditional way and injects modern interpretation to the dishes. Its menu items emphasize communal dining, where dishes such as Tapas and Thai BBQ Skewers can be shared among friends, along with wine.

Classic tapas such as the beef tenderloin strips is the perfect dish to kickstart your meal. A favourite among the Spanish, here you can enjoy the light nibbles with a kick of spiciness from the sweet spicy Thai chilli sauce. 

Salmon Lom Kuan @ RM18
Salmon in Manow Sauce

It is uncommon to find salmon on the menu of a Thai eatery, hence we are excited to see how Fa-Ying serves it in the Thai style. Fresh salmon seasoned with lime and spices which make up the tangy Manow sauce, is a refreshing option for those who are more health conscious. 

THAI BBQ SKEWER
Gai Sate @ RM12
Thai Grilled Chicken (3 sticks)

A popular street food in Thailand, the barbecued skewer option is aplenty in the menu ranging from beef to tofu. The strong aroma of Asian spices whet our appetite as soon as this dish arrives at our table! We love the excellent marinade that allows the lean meat to be well-suffused with sweet curry flavours and double our enjoyment when pairing it with the tangy dipping sauce. 

 SALAD
Yam Neur Yang A-ngoon @ RM23
Grilled beef tenderloin salad with grapes and mint-chilli-lime dressing

A welcoming change from the crowd's favourite Thai mango salad, we are served with another exotic dish-- the well-done beef tenderloin served on a bed of seedless grapes and vegetable salad. Sweet, savoury and citrusy, all at once, a complex and charming blend of flavours and textures that glue diners to the seats.

PASTA
Fettuccini Gaeng Paed Ped Yang Sai Linchee @ RM22
Fettuccini with roasted duck curry lychee

We agree that the spiciness of Thai red curry, sweetness of lychees and the saltiness of roasted duck combine as a perfectly comforting hot dish, but have you ever tried the pasta version of it? The al dente pasta is so well-coated with creamy red curry gravy that may be a tad overwhelming for some. The duck breast is tender and juicy, which is a pleasant surprise, since breast meat is usually rather dry.

FA-YING SIGNATURE MAINS
Gai Tacos @ RM22
Thai BBQ chicken tacos served with special Thai sauce, avocado and somtam

For the signature mains, the chicken tacos will satisfy your carnivorous cravings. I personally feel that the Beef Tacos (RM25) would be a better choice when sipping on icy cold beer. Served along with deep-fried vegetables and raw papaya salad, the tacos are good to go with both sweet plum Thai chilli sauce and mint avocado mayo. 

Pad Cod Yang Rad Sod Manow @ RM48
Grilled cod with grilled vegetables in manow sauce

If beef isn't your thing, the grilled cod sitting on a bed of brinjal, capcisum and baby tomatoes will be a safe option. The cod is beautifully done, pairing well with the sour and spicy manow sauce and it is still soft on the inside and not overcooked. 

Apart from featuring classic Thai fare, other inventive creations on the menu include a range of burgers, pasta and sandwiches. Here it ensures every diner experiences enchantment when taking a culinary journey from Old Siam to Modern Bangkok.

Some noteworthy dishes that worth a try include Thai crab cake burger, beef sandwich in Nam Tok style, Pineapple Fried Rice served in pretty pineapple shell, well just to name a few :) 

DESSERTS 
Khao Niaw Ma Muang @ RM12
Mango sticky rice

End off on a sweet note with the classic Thai dessert, the homemade mango sticky rice served with a separate shot of coconut milk. The coconut cream possesses a good amount of salty sweetness to cut through the warm glutinous rice, and provides a satisfying finale to the meal. We are delighted that the fried salty mung bean topping also gives the dessert a nice crunch. 

Thab Tim Krob @ RM6
Water chestnut with coconut milk

A simple concoction of ruby red jellies floating in a pool of sweet, cold coconut milk with ice shaves and jackfruit. I'd appreciate if it is added with some transparent sago to give a better texture to this bland dessert.

Tiramisu from Just Heavenly

Not a fan of Thai desserts? Premium cakes from Just Heavenly are available here too, including Red Velvet, Tiramisu and Butterscotch Cake. Anyone looking for a jolly good time would take interest in Fa-Ying's daily happy hour promotions for the selection of cocktails and beers in the house.

Verdict:
1. Overall, the ambiance is great for a casual night chill-out. Love the idea of nibbling on Thai-style tapas and BBQ skewers while downing jugs of cocktails and beers. 
2. Recommended: Thai Tapas, BBQ Skeweres, Fettuccini with roasted duck curry lychee, Ice pops
3. Pricewise, it falls within the mid range, but I don't mind dropping by if I feel like having Thai while my dining partner may prefer something more westernized. 


Fa-Ying by Rama V
Lot Lot 08, 
Level G - Boulevard 
(near to the outdoor stage) 
Paradigm Mall
No.1, Jalan SS7/26A, 
47301 Kelana Jaya,
Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Contact: 603-7451 2933
Email: marketing@ramav.com.my
Facebook: www.facebook.com/faying.com.my
Business Hours: 11am to 12am daily

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