Funky Elephant

1313 Ninth St Ste120, Berkeley
(510) 356-4855

Recent Reviews

Andrea K.

One of the best tasting Thai food I've had in the area. I ordered the Kao Mun Gai and the Pad Thai and both tasted incredible. I don't usually order pad thai but this one was unique with head-on shrimp and great blend of flavor and texture. The chicken for the Kao Mun Gai was perfectly cooked and tender and tasted amazing with the fragrant rice.

Mira Serrill-Robins

I tried the beef curry and ordered a jasmine rice to go with it, with a strawberry matcha almond milk latte to drink (they didn’t have strawberry on the menu, but mango was in the menu and was out of season). It was pretty pricy for what it was, but tasty. There wasn’t a huge amount of steak but it was cooked nice and medium (on the end towards rare), in a cardboard box and eaten outside it was pretty cool pretty fast which wasn’t ideal. The curry sauce was delicious and had a kick. The dressing on the arugula was good. The strawberry matcha wasn’t great. I’d try it again without the strawberry because it didn’t add any actual strawberry flavor and just made the drink too thick, but I’m not sure that would make it any better, so I might pass after that next try. The food took about 20 minutes, so it was probably made very fresh.They have a bit of seating, only outdoor still and mostly pretty sunny. A restaurant next door seems to have closed, so there are extra tables with more shade. The staff was great and super friendly.

Mira S.

I tried the beef curry and ordered a jasmine rice to go with it, with a strawberry matcha almond milk latte to drink (they didn't have strawberry on the menu, but mango was in the menu and was out of season). It was pretty pricy for what it was, but tasty. There wasn't a huge amount of steak but it was cooked nice and medium (on the end towards rare), in a cardboard box and eaten outside it was pretty cool pretty fast which wasn't ideal. The curry sauce was delicious and had a kick. The dressing on the arugula was good. The strawberry matcha wasn't great. I'd try it again without the strawberry because it didn't add any actual strawberry flavor and just made the drink too thick, but I'm not sure that would make it any better, so I might pass after that next try. The food took about 20 minutes, so it was probably made very fresh. They have a bit of seating, only outdoor still and mostly pretty sunny. A restaurant next door seems to have closed, so there are extra tables with more shade. The staff was great and super friendly.

S M.

10/10, amazing Thai food--all of the dishes were cooked to perfection, the meat was incredibly fresh and tender, the pad thai was so flavorful and the food came out so quickly. Definitely must eat here if you're in Berkeley!

Cassandra Xia

Super incredible Thai food... I've never eaten anything like it before. It's not what you usually get at restaurants. All the food tasted super fresh, creative, and elevated. I loved the crispy rice dish and the chicken wings.Oh and I accidentally ate a chilli pepper and the woman at the front (Fong?) was so nice and provided milk and water. My new favorite restaurant in Berkeley!

Benny T.

This place is so unbelievably good. Full stop. Let me just say, any spot with a small menu has my attention (they have 12 items). I will always always always root for restaurants with a few amazing dishes and I'm in the bleachers for Funky Elephant. With a letter painted to my chest. There are so many Thai spots that are little more than variations on a theme, same noodle dishes, same curries, good, but nothing really inspired. I have been searching for something different and Funky Elephant was deliverance. Thank you for existing Funky Elephant. Thank you for your flavors. Of the four dishes I had, three had good warmth to them, and that warmth is so nice. The brussels sprouts are perfectly fried and have a delicious, funky sauce. The wings come with four fat full wings, not drumettes, with fried basil and flavorful thick sauce. The pad thai is hella good, and different from the pad thai I've gotten from every other spot in the East Bay I've had. The vermicelli, the only dish that didn't have the same heat as the others, was nonetheless delicious and flavorful. Funky Elephant is the spot. Bring your friends. Bring you family. Bring your grandparents.

Katrina Z.

Super incredible Thai food... I've never eaten anything like it before. It's not what you usually get at restaurants. All the food tasted super fresh, creative, and elevated. I loved the crispy rice dish and the chicken wings. Oh and I accidentally ate a chilli pepper and the woman at the front (Fong?) was so nice and provided milk and water. My new favorite restaurant in Berkeley!

A. W

Sauces for both entrees were overwhelmingly salty and the meat was very undercooked, very hard to chew through, I couldn't finish it. The portions were also very small, u will feel hungry after.A friend recommended Funky Elephant, but this place was just deeply disappointing. I would not call it authentic at it all.

Christine H

heads up! the heat is real. Great flavor combinations.

C J

The chicken dish is the best we have ever had.

Beth B.

Not enough food in the food. My main was tapas sized at best. It was my first time ordering, and it was take-out at the end of a long day that left me too tired to cook. I had to cook. The Funky Elephant food was delicious, and it's the kind of neighborhood restaurant I'd like to feel good going to.

Yonah Borns-Weil

Fantastic Thai food, possibly the best I've had from a restaurant in America. Everything is authentic and flavorful, and pretty inexpensive as well!Don't be fooled by its unassuming exterior and English name, Funky Elephant is the best there is.

Sammy Singh

The pad thai tasted burnt y’all, not enjoyable. The nam khao and friend tofu was okay. Excellent mango matcha late. That’s the only gem from our dinner sadly.

Andy Ritter

Best Thai we ever had. Pad Thai and brussel sprouts were awesome!

Jeffrey Rivera

There is something amazing happening on that little corner mall. I can't describe how delicious the food is, do one thing come and try it for yourself. If you are in the Berkeley area, it is an absolute must. Authentic, spicy, sweet , salty, simple yet full of flavor and complexity. I recommend you seat outside and try it fresh even if you must in the car, while they open their inside dining.

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