FUNLFUN – Not so much

Don't expect anything like this!

Don't expect anything like this!

So the idea seems like a good one. Take a wonderfully tasty treat that you can only get by paying exorbitant prices to go to Canada’s Wonderland and bring it to the public via a coffee shop type setup. I imagined a family friendly, kid-centric location which would remind you of the carnival atmosphere that you would associate with funnel cake. Instead, what FunLFun gives you is a stuffy, pretentious espresso bar setup with waitresses falling out of their skimpy outfits. The location itself is attractive but completely inappropriate for the theme. The owners have very little attention to detail and it shows. The menus that we were given were different, obviously printed at different times, one having the store logo as a watermark behind the type, the other without. The painting of the mural on the far wall was a little garish for my liking but not badly executed until they had tried to add their logo to the artwork. The logo, the one thing that you want perfect and to represent your entire concept in a picture looked like it had been painted by a 9 year old. The slogan for the store, “The World’s Best Funnel Cake” was so badly planned that they ran out of space at the end of the banner on the logo leaving what looked like “The World’s Best Funnel Cok”. Not great, but fairly representative of the place as a whole. The staff kept stepping out into the back room to eat their lunch, change their socks and shoes etc all the while leaving the door open so all the guests could see what was going on. The fact that the restaurant is quite dark and the back room area is white and lit with incredibly bright fluorescent lights didn’t help. On the table near us a person I can only assume is the owner’s son was conducting an interview with a prospective waitress, an eager but questionably dressed young lady whose large earrings and poor choice of makeup placed her firmly in the right category for the job. At one point Nicole overheard the guy say “I don’t care about experience, it’s waitressing, it’s not rocket science”. This didn’t seem to register as an insult to her however it was certainly another nail in the coffin of the experience.

The food. The funnel cake itself was apparently tasty although anaemic in its appearance. I was expecting thick ropes of batter intertwined just as you get at Wonderland however apparently the idea of bringing the same method of making the funnel cake as they employ at the park was something only I had thought of. If I had wanted funnel cake, I would have wanted funnel cake as I know it, not some wafer thin imitation. Chalk another one up in the disappointment column. The ice cream was very good, however Nicole’s funnel cake and my ice cream arrived almost 5 minutes apart which just goes to prove that while waitressing may not be rocket science, getting food to the table together may be. As we finished the meal and prepared to pay ($8 for a funnel cake!?) the obnoxious interviewer took exception to our waitress who was trying to give us some privacy while we signed her bill. “Can I help you?” he asked in a brutish and very rude voice. Our waitress was visibly annoyed by him, muttered a veiled insult under her breath and walked away. A spectacularly bitter and awkward way to end what was a hugely disappointing experience. We won’t go back, no matter what, and my money would be on the place being out of business within a year. Don’t rush to try it while it is still around, it is not worth the trip.

Bottom line, if you want funnel cake, go to Wonderland. Even with $50 for admission, it is still a better bet than FunLFun.

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5 Responses to FUNLFUN – Not so much

  1. Faye says:

    We drove from New Market to try this place and I must say….
    I love this place. The funnel cakes were soooo good and different from Canada’s wonderland. Not greasy at all and the waitress said that they had less calories and cholesterol which is nice. My husband who isn’t into dessert finished his 6 “in less than 3 minutes. The management was great; the bathrooms were very clean and contemporary. The service was pretty good considering that all the tables were full and there was a line up.
    Food 9 out of 10 and the venue 7 out of 10
    I wish they were located closer to New market so we could go more often.

  2. Paul says:

    My name is Paul J Pour president and founder of Fun L Fun. Thank you for your opinions.
    Since we opened our doors on June 20th, 2009 (30 days) we have sold almost 5000 funnel cakes.

    The MIX we use to make our funnel cakes is made from high quality ingredients.
    What does this mean?

    * A dry, cake like quality, not grease soaked like all other funnel cakes.

    * Lower in fat and Cholesterol.

    * The taste is fantastic, even without any extras added to the cake.

    * The cakes can be taken home to eat later, even warmed in a microwave.

    * Special ingredients are used in the mix to add even more flavor to compliment the many different toppings that can be added.

    Please don’t be fooled by misleading reviews and come down and try our funnel cakes. You will love them.

    –SNIP SPAM–

    Sincerely,

    Paul

    ************
    Thanks for the generic fluff Paul, your response is about the same as your funnel cake, without substance or context. As you would have noticed if you had actually read the post we are not impressed by you or your product and especially not your ‘flagship’ store on Allen Road. We don’t care for your selfish self-promotion so your SPAM has been deleted from your post. It would have been far better to reply to the posting itself with anything rather than post this pointless marketing drivel. Then again, we would have expected no more given your product. I say again, FunLFun, NOT SO MUCH!!!!

  3. shawn says:

    Finally I went to this funnel place, Very nice and quiet place but the funnel cakes are AWwwwwwwwful. Their price are 2 expensive and quality is not great either.The world’s worst funnel cakes is here!

  4. Jonh Smith says:

    I went to their new location on Steeles Ave. West yesterday for a take-out, they only had 1 waiter serving at the time I was there and he only had 1 table and was apparently so busy he could not serve me. I had to get the manager to take care of my order. I waited half an hour by the time I left the store for just 1 stinking cake!!! The ice creme was really great but the cake was sub-par in my books, wonderlands is much better and worth the extra price IMHO.

    The only thing they got going for them IMHO is that they are located right next to me, I would go back again though, but not so often.

  5. Benjamin Lavic says:

    FunLFun. I will never go there again. The service was great but the food was horrible. The funnel cake was cold when it was delivered to my table and that was not it. The worst thing is that the soft serve ice-cream became a pile of melted sauce. It was the most nasty thing that I have ever put into my mouth. I thought the crepe my girlfriend ordered would be better but no it was disappointing. It was definitely not a desert crepe. The crepe was thick and crispy like what they would use for making tacos. What I enjoyed best there was the servers for their excellent service and the ice water tasted the best. The quality was certainly not worth the price. For similar pricing I would definitely go for Demetry.

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