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Penang Malaysian Cuisine

$$ - $$$
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4933 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5203
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Singapore, Singapore
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

Good comfort food! You can get your hawker center fix here with the usual favourites like Nasi lemak, satay, Prata (roti canai), popiah, wonton soup, Assam laksa, laksa, cha kway teow, Mee goreng and even some Thai! Their menu is amazing! There is even Yu Sheng for Chinese New Year but they put way too much colouring for the radish... More 

Thank EatnPlayallDay
Laurel, Maryland
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

I selected this restaurant since I was expecting that it would be the same management and menu as the closed and similarly named restaurant that used to be located on the corner of M and 18th Street, NW in DC. Can't confirm if it was but I don't think the menu was the same. Nevertheless, my friends and I enjoyed... More 

Thank Cassandra d
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

Malaysian and Indonesia pretty much same roots. So, every time I miss Indonesian food, we can get here. Every food is delicious, from appetizer to desserts. Roti Canai, ballet fish and KangKung Belacan (water spinach) and Chendol and Teh Tarik are the best! The place also good for a big party, too bad they are close for late lunch!

Thank Tetty S
Fairfax, Virginia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

I visited this place with my Singaporean girlfriend who said that the flavors were authentic and is probably the closest thing out here to food in Penang. She was impressed to note that they made their own chendol (pandan-flavored bits) for the dessert.

Thank Tu H
Derwood, Maryland
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

My family chose to dine at Penang over many other restaurants because we had good experiences there earlier. But our Sunday night dinner was a complete let down, right from the seating. There was no one around and we were left standing for several minutes, wondering if we should disregard the "Please wait to be seated" notice. As we advanced... More 

Thank ra2040j
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22 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

Fantastic and as close as the real thing as I've come across. Roti canai is great, Kari mee much like a Kuching laksa. Well worth a visit.

Thank Graeme S
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

Awesome food with worth of money Pineapple fried rice Coconut rice Fried banana chocolate topping icecream are my favorites

Thank Pavan V
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50 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

Great food and a HUDGE variety. We never tried Malaysian food, and we really liked it. Good place for vegetarians. The Thai iced coffee, Thai iced tea, and pineapple fried rice were outstanding. Also, the service was VERY quick, and there are a lot of spicy options available.

Bethesda, Maryland
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

Rather large restaurant, recently redecorated serving Malaysian food; good variety of meat, chicken, fish and vegetarian dishes. Pleasant but not "professional" service. A pleasant place to sit and talk, eat and share a drink with a companion. Often see families; sometimes kids a bit noisy but not a real problem. rather large bar area but I've never seen it crowded.... More 

Thank PRexx
Columbia, Maryland
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2016

Went for a fare-well lunch with colleagues. Large space with good Malaysian food. Good place to have that kind of lunch or dinner and discussion.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian, Malaysian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4933 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5203
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: 301-657-2878

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?