A fairly new warrior in the Chinatown restaurant wars, Penang has become one of the district's most popular for the Malaysian cuisine that most people ... More
A fairly new warrior in the Chinatown restaurant wars, Penang has become one of the district's most popular for the Malaysian cuisine that most people just can't get at their neighborhood Asian eatery. Expect a wait on the weekend, day or night. The deep-fried fish dishes with Thai sauce and array of sweet and spicy chicken dishes bring in customers by the droves. Exotic arrangements that wouldn't even occur to most are served, including stingray and octopus entrees.
I went here with my roommates. Everything was really terrible. From service to food. The server handed me the curry pot as opposed to putting it on the table, and it spilled on me. The food are tasteless and the curry was watery and bland. I would never recommend to my family/friends or go back to this place.
This is probably my favorite stop whenever I'm in town. Located right under the arch. I am craving their Roti right now. Ok, it's a little americanized as far as seasonings go but it is still good and authentic. The wait staff is very nice and helpful. They make great recommendations if you want to try something new or don't know what to order.
My fav's are: Satay, Roti, Mango Chicken, and noodle soup bowl, fried rice (pineapple), and any drink.
CASH ONLY! ATM is around the corner.
I went there on a Monday night. Although there wasn't a wait, the food was terrible. The service was non-existant as I needed to wait forever for someone to take my order and take my check in the end. The waitresses were very pushy as well, giving you what she thinks you like instead of what you would like to order. There is much better food/service elsewhere in Chinatown. This place is way over-rated.
was confused about eating some veggie stuff..went to penang on cheery n 10th street..ate some mango dish n fried rice curry..it was awesome..i really love it...liked it..so no harm in going there n try some new stuff..place is gud both in terms of sitting arrangement and ambience
THis is my favorite spot in Philly and almost reason enough for a visit. Whenever I'm in town I stop by. I even recommend it to all my friends. Great food. The atmosphere is unique with high ceilings and close tables. This is not the place for a quiet romantic dinner, but it's a great place to go with friends or co-workers for a bit of delicious spicy noodles.
This is one of my favorite hotspots downtown. Right in the middle of China town, this malayasian restuant is awesome.
I recommend for appatizers:
Indian pancake with chiken (boneless) curry
I recommend the penang kurri iyam (boneless), and beef rangoon for your enteries, with some sticky white rice.
I also recommend for desert:
Fried Ice cream (you have to try it to understand!)
The place is always busy, people love this resturant.
They do not take credit cards, so bring plenty of cash.
Typical cost with all the dishes mentioned: $45
Penang is a Malaysian restaurant in the heart of Chinatown, don't expect typical Chinese cuisine here. The interior decor is very avant-garde, with high ceilings which makes it kind of hard to have a private conversation and makes it not very 'cozy.' The food is great though, its like a mix of thai/indian/ and chinese, but very tropical. A lot of the dishes have some spiciness to them, but nothing that's hard to handle. The food comes out really fast and I think they expect you to get out fast because you feel 'rushed' because they're always coming by and asking how everything is and taking your plates. I don't recommend going on the weekend, the word gets around and the place is packed and there's no waiting area (the street--haha). The only thing i don't really like about the place is the fact they don't take credit/check cards at all (I don't know if that has changed since i visited last). The prices are decent but who wants to carry wads of cash on them in Philly?
I would be upset when this place is crowded at times, but I know why, because everybody loves their food! Sometime I would come late around 12 midnight just to be there and enjoy my late meal without having problem to wait for my table. They are open late until 1 a.m. The price is reasonable, and the food was great. Whenever I go to Chinatown, I will always go to Penang. Even right now I am hungry thinking about their delicious food!! Can't wait to go there again!!