Monday, November 19, 2012

Fa Ying by Rama V @ Paradigm Mall

Fa-Ying, Rama V's second foray into the suburbs this year, serves Thai tapas & fusion fare in its bid to become one of Paradigm Mall's most enticing eateries.

Launched over the weekend, Fa-Ying features a menu that remains a work in progress, but expect everything from Thai spicy beef tortillas to fishcake burgers & Caesar salad with crispy catfish in the weeks ahead.

Tapas top the selection; customers can nibble on rice paper rolls stuffed with roast duck & veggies (RM15++; might be better with more meat), crunchy rice cakes with minced chicken, or even French fries partnered with Thai dipping sauce.

Barbecued skewers are another highlight; lamb satay (RM20++) is worth the munch, thanks partly to the accompanying secret-recipe gravy that tastes like it's part peanut, part peri-peri.

Watermelon salad (RM12++), unexpectedly fiery, with some elements of 'som tam.' 

Fa-Ying's menu calls this Thai roasted pumpkin soup (RM16++); it tastes nice enough but we can't tell what makes this Thai. Fa-Ying's staff is well-meaning but seems unequipped to explain the food _ a problem for a place where patrons will ask questions.

Customers seeking regular Thai recipes, like what Rama V's main Tun Razak outlet & Khao outpost in Setia City Mall offer, can order seafood fried rice with one prawn & several slices of squid (RM20++), plus pad thai, pomelo salad & lychee duck curry.

Creative cocktails: Try the Tom Yam Thai (we had to borrow the bartender's notes to learn that this comprises white rum, malibu, sugar syrup, kaffir lime leaves & chilies).

Sex on Koh Phi Phi Beach (vodka, midori, cranberry & pineapple juice, lemongrass).

Plenty of potential; once the teething troubles are wiped out (fix the air-conditioning, chase the mosquitoes away), Fa-Ying will likely become a respected name that'll bring pride to Rama V.

Fa-Ying means "celestial princess." Or something to that effect. Definitely worth a visit.

Fa-Ying By Rama V,
Boulevard, Paradigm Mall (opposite Bulgogi Brothers).

30 comments:

  1. Thai? Ah...my favourite! I thought those paper rolls are Vietnamese? Mosquitoes? Mall not doing well, not many people?

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    1. Suituapui: heh, the rolls might be Thai-Vietnamese fusion. I definitely prefer rice paper rolls compared to fried spring rolls :D Oh, the mall seems to be doing very well, but there do seem to be mozzies affecting the outdoor boulevard here. And the mozzies even get into the interior of the outlet in search of prey =)

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  2. I love thai food, but I think we will wait awhile for them to fix those problems first, lol.

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    1. CK: good plan, I think! Can try heading here in December, I think by then, this place will have its full menu available and it should be running more smoothly =)

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  3. Tom Yam Thai? that must be pretty interesting. the interior looks chic as well. =)

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    1. Smitten By Food: yeah, a spicy cocktail with a real kick. good to go with thai food :D yeah, kudos to the designer of this place for coming up with an attractive restaurant =)

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  4. watermelon salad @som tam? hhhmmm...something new!

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    1. Melissa: yeah, i've never seen watermelon used this way in a thai restaurant before! :D

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  5. Now the lychee duck curry sounds intriguing...Paradigm is becoming a bit of a food haven!

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, it's a curry i'd gladly order :D definitely quite a few outlets worth checking out at paradign: fa-ying, paradise dynasty and cielo dolci to name three :D

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  6. Other than the serai and kaffir leaves, it doesn't look Thai at all! although still delish sounding

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    1. Footfringe: heheh, thai food, dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century! :D

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  7. By george your ZIPPY! im going 2mro! mwuahahaha :P

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    1. Ciki: zippy-de-doo-dah-zippy-de-daaaay, my oh my tomorrow will be a wonderful day! hope you enjoy your meal here :D

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  8. Each time you write about it, I realize how amazing it must be there.

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    1. Cquek: the Rama V brand name is a trustworthy one! :D

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  9. Ooh Thai Tapas seem to be quite the thing to do at the moment. I'm loving the cocktails with a kick too!

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    1. The Yum List: oh yeah, asian tapas could be the way of the future! as well as asian-inspired cocktails. looking forward to more, much more! :D

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  10. Oh no! Hopefully the mozzie problem gets sorted... can't wait to try more eateries in Paradigm Mall once H&M opens there. Haha!

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    1. Baby sumo: Oh yeah, the mosquitoes actually only troubled one person at our table (not me!). Heheh, H&m will definitely help boost the crowds even further at paradigm mall, and eateries like Fa-Ying will hopefully be among the beneficiaries :D

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  11. I'll hop by when they sort out their teething problems! Food looks fun enough to warrant a visit.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, i think things should be OK by next week. i'd definitely wanna return sometime to try their spicy beef tortillas, fishcake burger & crispy catfish caesar salad :D

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  12. thank you for the article & photos.

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  13. I didn't like my visit to Rama V and felt that the food has been bastardised to suit western palate (close to embassy and all), or maybe they just forgot the chili the day we went.

    Fa Ying's food seems a little experimental?

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    1. Kelly: ooh, i've generally been OK with Rama V's food, but maybe that's partly because i'm not a fan of very spicy food, heh :D ya, there's a sense of experimentation at fa-ying. i guess that might result in hits and misses, though i definitely applaud them for trying something different :D

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  14. More then just Thai dishes in a Thai Restaurant !

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    1. Wong: yeah, contemporary & chic thai! :D

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