Funtastico in Subiaco has been around for a good long while. In a suburb that has seen a lot of change in recent years, this restaurant has been a constant fixture. The restaurant has changed hands along the journey, but more recently the family that ran Funtastico from 2002 to 2007 has resumed ownership, with previous manager Nicky Tangney.
If memory serves it had probably been around 10 years since my last visit to Funtastico. I have fond memories of a delicious Veal Saltimbocca, but for one reason or another I’d never made it back. The constant stream of new openings around town meant that perhaps it was possible to inadvertently forget a solid performer like Funtastico.
I was contacted by Nicky to see if I’d be interested in heading in for a meal and I surely was. I was very keen to see how it was travelling.
Funtastico offers excellent Italian food in a modern, vibrant and friendly environment right in the heart of Subiaco.
Our extensive menu boasts the Italian flavours that you know and love, from traditional Italian pastas and risottos, wood-fired pizzas and a delicious variety of fresh seafood. The daily specials menu changes frequently to showcase fresh seasonal produce.
Our wine list, featuring both Australian and Italian wines, matches our menu both in quality and value with several wines available by the glass.
We look forward to welcoming you at Funtastico soon. Salute!
Decor wise I’m not sure if my memory had provided me with a solid recollection, but I do believe the red chairs have always been a bold colour feature. I can recall seeing them along Rokeby Road for many, many years, long available for those keen for some outdoor dining options.
We arrived a touch before 7pm and were shown to our table for two. It’s actually a pretty big place, but thankfully tables don’t feel like they are on top of each other. You have your own space and can still enjoy a conversation in amongst the vibrant ambiance, which is just ideal.
The menu is pretty lengthy. To make choosing a bit easier though it is broken into a few sections – starters, pizza, pasta, mains, sides, etc, so you’ll need a little time to choose what you’d like. There are some specials thrown in the mix too and don’t you just know that they’ll always sound amazing! Makes deciding that little bit trickier, even if you have done some pre-visit menu study, and I am partial to doing that. I like to have a short list!
We wanted to try as many options as possible, so we decided to share a pizza for our entrée, then I ordered a pasta dish (hard pressed not to really, I do love the stuff!) and my main man ordered his go to, the steak.
We savoured a particularly delicious glass of Italian red wine, Monte Campo Montelpulciano Abruzzo, and before too long it was pizza time!
We had chosen the Bella Capri – buffalo mozzarella, roma tomato, olives, basil & rocket ($26). I love that it came served with a dish of fresh chilli for those that don’t mind a bit of extra spice (like we do!). The base was cooked perfectly, thin and crispy and quite refreshing with its abundance of fresh rocket which cut through the rich indulgence of gooey buffalo mozzarella. I thought adding on some of the chilli did add a bit of extra kick to this pizza and it was soon devoured in a spicy flash!
Before too long it was into mains and wow, hard to stop ogling the epic steak that arrived for GG. Complete with handle! Bistecca – beef rib eye chargrilled with Italian roasted potatoes, green peppercorn sauce ($46). He cut me a piece and I was hard pressed not to reach across the table and start eating it straight from the bone. It was cooked perfectly! Medium rare pinkness inside and a pleasingly seared outer, with a slight charred taste which was complete magic. Perfect steak paired with delicious green peppercorn sauce, a long time favourite of mine and yes siree, you were onto a winner! From the few bites I was fortunate enough to sample I have to say that it was one of the best steaks I’d had in a long time. Just heavenly!
Now across the table I’ll admit that there was some food envy after I tried that exceptional piece of meat, but these fleeting regrets soon subsided with the first twirl of my fork into the pasta. Taglierini e Crab – blue swimmer crab, cherry tomato, chilli in shellfish sauce ($35). The pasta had the right amount of al dente chew, an entirely generous amount of crab, sweetness from the cherry tomato, slight warmth from the chilli and that rich seafood sauce pulling everything together. Seriously enjoyed it.
Two big hits on the mains front, no doubt about it, but would there be room for dessert? For me, well barely if I’m honest, but when I spied tiramisu on the menu (Tiramisu – layers of coffee soaked lady finger biscuits, mascarpone cream & Belgian chocolate $13) I started to reason with myself that surely there would be room, if we shared a square. Would there be a square to spare? GG seemed less convinced after his caveman sized steak, but when the indulgent dessert arrived, all dusted in delicious chocolate and with its decorative dollop of cream, fresh strawberry and sprig of mint, he swiftly devoured his half. And it was lovely. Hard to resist the winning combination of chocolate, coffee and marscarpone. Such decadent creaminess.
It had been quite the meal. We’d ticked off entrees, mains and desserts and yet barely scratched the surface of what was on offer in the Funtastico menu.
The staff really look after you, such a friendly bunch and they seem to really enjoy where they are working which can make all the difference to the vibe of a restaurant. It makes you feel welcomed.
Price wise I’d say that most dishes are reasonably priced, but yes a $46 price tag for the steak is toppy. However quality wise I couldn’t fault it and as I mentioned it was one of the best steaks I’d ever had. So yes, I’m looking forward to the next time I have a show booked at the Regal so I can head back to Funtastico.
Please note: While the cost of our meal was discounted, as always, all opinions are my own.