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Fantastic Malaysian food.
Wonderful service. The waitress knows us by name - and we only make it out once a month or so.
Wonderful comfort food. I recommend it to everyone.
U want healthy food?. The food here is great! It is the closest to authentic malaysian hawker food you will find in LA. I lived in penang for many years of my life and after moving to california was on a search for authentic malaysian food. Yes its not a 5 star restaurant...but the prices are great and the service is great. And if you want healthy non oily curry then make it your self! If your main concern is healthy food then go eat a carrot.
Interesting Malaysian find.
We went there with a colleague who is Malaysian. My husband and I are super spicy junkies..in fact the spicier the better is our motto! I thought they could do a bit more in the customer service dept. OUr friend's wife had to get up to grab her own plate, the waitress was nowhere to be found.
The chicken satay and chicken rendang were very yummy. I wish they would switch to boneless white meat chicken for the rendang, make it easier to eat.
Overall, a good place especially since Los Angeles only has a handful Malaysian places compared to Thai and Chinese. Medium-expensive.
Unhealthy (oily) food. I drove about 130 miles (in both directions) to go eat some Malaysian food. We were a regular at the Kaula Lampur Malaysian restaurant in Pasadena which served GREAT Malaysian food in a rather healthier manner. Unfortunately the restaurant has shut down (what a bummer!!!). Penang serves VERY oily food at a cheap price. Eventhough the food is prepared in a unhealthy manner, it isn't tasty enough.
This place is awesome!. My Malaysian friend was introduced me to this place over 2 years ago . I keep coming back for more! Every entries is bursting with flavor. I've taken almost every entries I know here at some point in time and almost all of them find it necessary to come back. The food is always fresh & flavorful. You cannot be disappointed here. This place is awesome!
Is this the same Penang as in NYC/DC/Boston?. I've actually never been to this one, but I wanted to know if this is the same "chain" as the ones that I've been to in NYC and/or Washington, DC? I've frequented these spots when I lived out East, and they were very "chic" restaurants; more ambience than flavor. The food wasn't bad, however at the DC restaurant (for instance) there is a Malaysian restaurant literally a few doors down from Penang, and the food at that restaurant (Malaysian Kopitiam) is stellar compared to Penang's. Just wondering if it's the same chain, and if so -- I find it a little weird that they have one in West Covina, but not in/around LA or West Hollywood (or even in Santa Monica or Venice).
Still the best Malaysian restaurant in LA. I eat at Penang since they open. I read the other review but for me it same taste as when I eat three years ago at penang. Their menu offers more variety than before. Now they open one in Las Vegas and it as good as one in west covina. I still think penang is the place to try for the best Malaysian food in Los Angeles area.
Worst Service Ever.
The service here is so bad! One of the servers (a rather big guy) took our order and gave us something totally different. We told him that it is the wrong order but he blamed it on us. When I say "blamed it on us," what he did was point a finger at me and said, "YOU ordered this." What kind of a service is that?
The food was also really bad. The hainan chicken did not taste like chicken either. The leg tasted like the breast! The naan with curry was totally tasteless and for some reason, the ong choi we ordered was super spicey.
We couldn't finish the food so we asked them for a togo box. Other people got given boxes where they packed their own food but this server just took our place and packed it for us. Normally, I would just let them but in a restaurant with service as bad as this, I am unable to trust them with my food. Who knows if she added "extra stuff" in there?
I do not recommend this restaurant at all. I mean, with the service AND the food as bad as that, why go?
Poor quality Malaysian food.
I've eaten in dozens of Malaysian restaurants and stalls in the U.S. and in Malaysia, and Penang BY FAR has the worst food of them all. Perhaps they've cut costs since the glowing reviews from 2003 and 2005.
The beef rendang is gristly and overcooked - the result is meat with the consistency of thick gelatin which sits like a brick in your stomach for the rest of the day. In the few bites I could endure, I couldn't detect any coconut flavor at all; coconut milk is supposed to be one of the main ingredients of this dish!
The mee goreng is below average - the noodles are pasty and sticky; what'd you'd expect from cheap chinese takeout, not a staple Malaysian dish.
There are many other Malaysian and Indonesian restaurants in the L.A. area that are far better than this disappointing establishment; I recommend trying these before you brave the food (and did I mention the service) here.
Authentic food, hot and sweaty restaurant, BAD for groups. We went to a dinner party here. They served it buffet style. It looks like the servers weren't prepared for this type of serving. We were all cramped in the back. My friend hosting the party looked really stressed about it. She tried to ask the owner for more space to sit people, but he said NO. He said he had a business to run so he needed as much space as possible. The worst part is that the rest of the restaurant never filled up. There was never a wait for the other customers. I know they paid for a lot money for the food and service but it looks like the owner was just greedy. It was hot and humid, maybe they wanted you to feel like you were in Malaysia. Everyone was fanning themselves with the paper. You could see sweat on people's faces before the food was served. We waited over an hour for the food. It was good food though, my favorites were the coconut chicken and kang kung with garlic. All the dishes were really authetic malaysian food. The pandan ayam, penang char kway teow, hainese chicken, penang jumbo shrimp were some other really great dishes. The food was really great, but some of the food ran out quickly while others were overflowing. I would think the food should always be replenished at a buffett. I guess I would probably eat there again but NEVER have a dinner party there.
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