The last time Indian or Thai food was exotic, the tape deck was an innovative technology. Explore new regions of cuisine with today’s Groupon, which gets you $35 worth of Malaysian cuisine and drinks for $15 at Penang Restaurant, located near Dupont Circle.
The menu of authentically spicy dishes and flavorful preparations makes Penang an ideal place to add a stamp to your tongue’s passport. Start with the customer-favorite roti canai appetizer ($4.25). This family recipe serves hot, Indian pancakes in curry chicken sauce. The Penang satay ($6.95), another popular appetizer, serves up four skewers of tender, marinated chicken or beef with peanut sauce. For an especially flavorful entree, try the buah mango ($14.95), your choice of chicken or shrimp in a spicy mango sauce with green and red peppers and crispy rice noodles, served in a mango shell and prepared by chefs raised from infancy only on mangos. The curry dishes at Penang offer a refreshing take on this standard Asian spice—more subtle than Indian curries, heartier than Thai versions, and more existent than German curry recipes. Try the kari ayam ($11.95), chicken and potatoes with red curry in coconut-milk gravy.
Recently reopened and renovated after a fire, Penang has been dressed up in a comfortable, elegant design. Wood and bamboo fixtures add natural warmth to plush furnishings of dark red, green, and gold. Soft, romantic lighting adds to the atmosphere of an upscale lounge mixed with an authentic Malaysian home. Penang is family owned and operated, and both the recipes and friendly service are reminiscent of a Malaysian kitchen. You can buy multiples of this Groupon as gifts, so plan on currying favor with an overbearing neighborhood watch captain with some homonymous curries.
Washington City Paper likes the sarang burung:
- The beef is well-seasoned, tender, and tasty, but that’s all you get—a small pile of beef. Order this dish only if your table is sharing everything. A better individual choice is the sarang burung, seafood and vegetables in a white sauce stuffed into a fried taro shell and topped with nuts. The taro might seem like a gimmick, but it complements its contents quite well. – Tom McClive, Washington City Paper
Metromix loves Penang's authentic South East Asian vibe:
- The wooden and bamboo fixtures are as friendly and inviting as the staff at Penang Malaysian Cuisine. You feel as if you've stepped into a South East Asian home where the kitchen is the hearth of the family. Penang puts a big emphasis on FAMILY, as this restaurant is also a family-owned and operated establishment. The restaurant takes pride in the authenticity of their cuisine, catering to those who are looking for spicy, robust Malaysian flavors. Be sure to try the satay marinated chicken or the Roti Canai (handmade pancake served with curry chicken dipping sauce. – Metromix
- Penang Restaurant in D.C is a must go to restaurant. The food is great, the people are great, and the price is reasonable. I celebrated my graduation May 2008 by inviting 20 guests for dinner and Penang Restaurant delivered the best service ever. They made my day, and my guests were really satisfied and happy. – taiwo, Yahoo! Local
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