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Penang Malaysian Cuisine

4933 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5203
301-657-2878
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  • English first
  • Indonesian first
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English first
Bethesda, Maryland
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77 reviews 77 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

It's just a little different from Thai or Chinese, although one can detect the Chinese influence, as with most Asian cuisine. I had the Char Kway Teow, which is apparently more Malay than other items on the menu. It was tasty. Other items on the menu were from other countries in the region. Why not just go to a Thai... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

the food is nice. Service is nice. Quantity is good. Go ahead and enjoy your dinner. They have something called Malaysian noodles which is really awesome.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

some friends took me there and i had to go back for a second time a couple weeks later. it was located on a small alley next a a Giant's store, and on a rainy day it was difficult to get to. but the inside decor was quite pleasant. service is pretty good. and the food is quite authentic. would... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Now and then, we miss eating Asian foods. I think, it's about (8) months ago or could be more, the last time we'd dinner there. It was pretty ordinary taste and lousy service at d time. Recently, we went again for a family dinner. We were amazed how fast the serving was. It's less than 15 minutes, our food/s were... More

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We ate here on a recent Sunday night, and with the dining room about half-full, we were the only non-Malaysian customers. My lamb rendang was great, and my dining companions' mie goreng and chicken in black bean sauce were very good, too.

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Riverside, California
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106 reviews 106 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

I've eaten at the Penang restaurant twice now, and the food was delicious and memorable both times. The most recent time, every dish was marvelous, from the roti canai at the beginning to the ais kacang at the end, with char kway teow in between. It's a good thing I don't live in this area, or I would become quite... More

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Laurel, Maryland
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We went to Penang after a long time and I have to say the service and quality of food has gone downhill. We waited 20 min before someone came took our order. When the waiter came to take our order she seemed distracted and was rushing us to order our food. They were greatly understaffed for a Saturday evening. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

I've come here a few times. Being from Singapore - I've personally had very high standards for Malaysian food. My first visit here was about 5 years ago and I was very impressed. My next few visits were a kinda mixed.. Our craving for Malaysian food brought us back here again - and this time - I must say that... More

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Camberwell, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012 via mobile

This used to be our go to Malaysian restaurant five years ago, where we would eat every couple of weeks when we lived in MD. Now returning on holidays, we wanted to visit an old "friend". Unfortunately it seems Lisa is no longer there and quality has deteriorated so much. Char Kway Teow was hard and tasted burnt, Hainanese chicken... More

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mfarid2009
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We went there for dinner as a group of six. The waitress was nice and friendly and gave some advise about the food. Was my first experience to eat Malaysian food. Got the fried tero in a bird nest shape with vegetables and nuts. Was delicious except they did put any nuts. Great value food.

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