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Penang Coffee House

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549 Burwood Road | Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria 3122, Australia
(03) 9819 2092
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Local favourite

I was introduced to Penang Coffee House by my boyfriend, who I think practically lived there during his time at Uni. (The owners still remember him!) they are very mindful of vegetarians - when we ordered roti bread that comes with a dipping sauce that normally has chicken stock, the waiter noted... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
LittleFec
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

I was introduced to Penang Coffee House by my boyfriend, who I think practically lived there during his time at Uni. (The owners still remember him!) they are very mindful of vegetarians - when we ordered roti bread that comes with a dipping sauce that normally has chicken stock, the waiter noted that I had ordered a vegetarian curry main,... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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44 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We have been coming to Penang Coffee House for years and are always welcomed with the same warm greeting from the staff. Never once have we been let down by the food or service here. PCH offers authentic Malaysian dishes and it's simply too hard to pick a favourite, however, the Laksa Lemak is outstanding and we've never been able... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We ordered entree with sesame prawn, pandan chicken & roti rolled with curry for $10, but the amount of food on the plate is very scanty, a tiny bite for each. The fried kway teow is recommended by the waiter but it's tasteless. The other main, chicken stir-fried with lemongrass is quite good but pricey. $50 for a simple meal... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We have been coming here to this small restaurant on a semi regular basis for several years and it never ever disappoints. Quick service and very reasonably priced. Our fave is the "thai fried rice with a little less spice", but all other menu items have been great.

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Melbourne
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15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I have had the great pleasure of dinning at this restaurant since it opened in the late 1970's and it has never failed to provide the very best of authentic Malaysian hawker style food. Very welcoming owners and staff. If you like Malaysian cuisine then this will not disappoint.

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Camberwell, Victoria, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Like many of the reviewers here (and many of the customers) we have been coming here for 15+ years. (We used to drive from Geelong to come and eat here.) The food is consistently great and terrific value. Service it simple but efficient. When it is busy it gets noisy but for the type of place it is, noise suits... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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76 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Came here with a group of friends after a recommendation from somebody at work, and I was glad to find this unassuming restaurant. The address is at 549 Burwood Road, rather than 395 Burwood Road as this listing says, but I have put in a request to TA to have this listing merged with the other one which does have... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Not the unique destination it was 30 odd years ago, others have caught up, but PCH maintains it's standards producing cheap, fresh, tasty food. Highly recommended especially for Laksa.

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Melbourne
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36 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Perhaps I'm biased because I've been a customer of Penang Coffee House for over 15 years, but I've never had a bad meal here. While the staff are incredibly welcoming, the main attraction is obviously the food. I can't comment on how faithful the meals are to hawker food served in Malaysia, but I find them to be flavourful and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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32 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

I agree with familytraveller1012 Penang Coffee house was a good place to have cheap fairly authentic Asian food. The food is ok, but lacks anything that is stand out. There are many other restaurants in neighboring suburbs that serve better Asian hawker food. It is however a good place for a quick bite that is affordable.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 549 Burwood Road | Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria 3122, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
  • Phone Number: (03) 9819 2092

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Malaysian

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