Visiting Funk & Kale in the evening was a mistake.
The designers appear to have taken self-consciously cool-aspiring workplaces as their aesthetic. There’s a sadly pristine pool table at the mall-side entrance, for example. The “artwork” is a good marker, too: black and white photos of grinning urbanites with colourful photoshopped giant fruits. It’s the design equivalent of your boss buying a round of half shandies. “Hey guys”, it says. “Let’s hang out.”
The food is exactly what you’d expect from the Wagas group: protein-topped bowls and small plates of carbs, with some bright veggies thrown in for the ‘gram. We ordered the aubergine gnocchi and a ramen bowl with a quirky but forgettable name. The former was surprisingly good, with a rich tomato sauce but absolutely no frills. The latter was less so: the broth was oddly sweet, and the beef was unremarkable. There’s a brunch menu, too, if you really can’t find anywhere better, and some cakes at the bar.
Funk & Kale also offer a selection of drinks, from coffees to cocktails to a little selection of craft beers (“Hey guys”). It was the evening, so I tried a cocktail; the lemon and raspberry flavours were fresh, but it was about as alcoholic as a wheatgrass juice. Less than decadent.
In total, we paid 252rmb for the abovementioned food and cocktail, plus a beer. Not terrible. Not amazing.
If you work in the area, give it a go. Try to relax on the slightly awkward furniture. Play a very quiet game of pool. Order the gnocchi. Then check your watch, say “right, well then, I suppose I’d better”, and escape to somewhere more relaxing.
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