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Penang Coffee House

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549 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Boroondara, Victoria 3122, Australia
(03) 9819 2092
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Simple but good food

Have been here umpteen times and have always enjoy it. It's unpretentious, and all about the food. Over the years, have tried most items on the menu and it's all good. Will be back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is our 'go to' local when I can't be bothered cooking, we've been going there over the past 20 years & I usually have the same chicken laksa! It's amazing so is the roti which they fly in from Malaysia! Nothing else compares. The staff even know our names & have watched the children grow into adults - nothing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Have been here umpteen times and have always enjoy it. It's unpretentious, and all about the food. Over the years, have tried most items on the menu and it's all good. Will be back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Great food, well priced, generous servings, very casual restaurant Great for a quick bite Great for a quick bite

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

The name is confusing. I'm not sure why it's called a coffee house. It should be called a Malaysian restaurant and while there is nothing really flash about it, it is what it is and serves great Malaysian food! The Seafood Laksa is always excellent and the Beef Rendang is great. The Roti and curry sauce is a great starter.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

I have been coming to this restaurant for almost thirty years and have steadily seen the deterioration in the quality of the food. I always order Char Kway Teow which is my favourite Penang hawker dish and, for some reason, is particularly difficult to replicate. A long time ago, the Char Kway Teow at Penang Coffee House was good, although... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I drive quiet a long way to get this laksa, I am never disappointed. It is not flash but good food and quickly delivered.

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Melbourne, Australia
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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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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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Asian, Malaysian

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