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Penang

685 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111-1611
617-451-6373
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Ranked #562 of 2,815 restaurants in Boston
Price range: $1 - $30
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
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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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74% Recommend
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English first
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW 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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253 reviews 253 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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70 reviews 70 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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Ithaca, New York
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106 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I went there hoping to get nice Malaysian good, but this place turn out to be disappointment. I ordered laksa, fish noodle, it was not tasty at all, and super fishy, I would say to fishy. I love all kind of fish soup but this one I cannot stand. But I was still hoping for a good desert, Bubur cha... More

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Munich, Germany
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We (party of 2) had a sponataneous dinner at Penang, after deciding to bypass the "usual" chinese fare and try something different (malaysian cuisine). The food was spicy, tasty and of good quality. Service was fast and effective, albeit a little bit reserved. Prices were ok, in any case good value for your money. Decor was too generic for our... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

I have visited this restaurant in Boston Chinatown for over 15 years and it is still good. Nice to see something stays the same! Food - excellent, freshly prepared and tasty. Service - efficient and friendly. Decor - good but now a bit tired. Needs some changes. Restrooms - clean but need a modern upgrade. Value - that is why... More

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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We have long enjoyed patronizing this and other Penang Restaurants in the Northeast, and last weekend were happy to find that the high-quality Malaysian food at the Boston Chinatown location is still outstanding. Since one of us is sensitive to spicy food, we had to enlist the help of our friendly waitress to modify the shrimp with lady fingers dish... More

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