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Penang

685 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111-1611
617-451-6373
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Ranked #561 of 2,818 restaurants in Boston
Price range: $1 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: Asian, Seafood, Thai, Pacific Rim
Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Brisbane, Australia
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211 reviews 211 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

As a half-Malaysian, I really miss Malaysian food when we are travelling so I was happy to find this restaurant. We enjoyed the food so much that we ate here 3 times during our stay. We tried several different dishes and they were all really good, in particular the ones with the shrimp paste. The food came out very quickly,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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152 reviews 152 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We got takeout and enjoyed it a lot. The green chili with chicken was tasty, though the curry sauce was really thin, almost like soup broth. The Malaysian Buddhist was excellent: vegetables, tofu skin, and a little bit of noodles. The rice was also really good. The only down side was that the chicken satay appetizer wasn't as fresh as... More

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Knokke-Heist, Belgium
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89 reviews 89 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

With our first visit to Boston, we fancied some Asian food. So, after checking out several restaurants, we chose Penang. Simple but nice restaurant, very quick seated. Everything looked delicious, but we chose several different dishes, so we could taste from each-other's dishes. They noted our choices and not even after 10 or 15 minutes, food was already served. What... More

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Frederick, Maryland
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86 reviews 86 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

My first Malaysian restaurant experience. We had dinner with a local who frequent the place. We ordered the Kangkung sauteed with shrimp paste, Calamari, Fried Rock Fish and Fried Rice. We were surprised that the food was good but was a little bit overwhelmed with the shrimp paste on top of the fried fish. The service was excellent and price... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Maybe a bit on the sweet side, but the teh tarik (hot 'pulled', frothy tea) made up for that. Also the char koay chow was too bland, but the 'dry' wonton noodle was excellent! Like a westernized version of a Malay food court in 'section 6' :-)

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Union, New Jersey
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260 reviews 260 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I visited this Penang Restaurant with a friend who was born in Malaysia. It is part of a chain of restaurants in this country. I have visited several and all are quite good. Food was great; service was excellent; and the beer very cold . . . . just the way I like it. If I am back in Boston... More

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USA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I go to Boston all the time for business and everytime I'm in Boston, I usually try to make one visit to Penang for a delicious dinner after work. Food is good and price is very reasonable. Love this place!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

So I've had a few people tell me that the food quality and service of Penang has gone down. I listened for a while and stayed away because that's what you do when you hear bad reviews! It was such a shame because I used to frequent Penang for years back in college and I always left hugely satisfied with... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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49 reviews 49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Hasnt changed in more than 15 years. Decor, food and enjoyment. We keep going back, and will continue. Just speak slowly, clearly and use simple words with the wait staff, many of whom do not speak English very well. My fav? I am on the cheap side, so I often go and just have two roti Canai (really should be... More

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Hadley, Massachusetts
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69 reviews 69 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Easy to find and easy to get to. It's about a 5 to 10 minute walk from the Wang Theater and other clubs in that area. A good little walk after having your meal and helping it settle before a show. If you like spicy foods, you'll love it there. The majority of their menu was spicy food - although... More

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