Penang Delight Cafe – Tasty Malaysian Food in East Van
There’s really not a lot of different Malaysian restaurants on the East side of Vancouver so when I heard about a new Malaysian restaurant opening on Rupert Street, I added it to my wishlist… and there it sat on my list for months. It’s funny, I used to come to this block every week when I was younger to buy comics but I haven’t been back in years.
This restaurant is pretty small and narrow, and when we went for lunch on the weekend, it was packed. We managed to get a seat in the narrow hallway in the back but we didn’t really mind because it was a little more cozy. There were some interesting drink selections and we decided to start out with the Syrup Lime. It was a bit sweet but I liked the drink. The strange thing about it was that they used those large bubble tea straws (actually, it kind of makes it look like a Caesar with a celery stalk in the picture).
You can’t go to a Malaysian restaurant without ordering the Roti Canai. The roti itself was good – flaky, crispy, and slightly chewy. The curry dipping sauce that it came with was rather bland however. Fortunately, we also ordered a curry platter and we wound up dipping the roti in the other curry sauces.
Our Special Curry Platter came with rendang beef, a rich lamb curry, and a really tasty chicken curry with potatoes. I actually thought the beef was a little dry but the lamb and the chicken curry were really good and the rich sauces were great on rice.
We originally wanted to order the Chef’s Special Chicken Wings but the waitress convinced us to try the Pandan Chicken Wings. The chicken wings were really moist and the pandan leaves that they wrap them up in actually adds a slight nutty aroma to the wings.
The Sambal Green Beans with Prawns was a definite winner… spicy and savory, and because it has veggies in it, we can convince ourselves that we’re kind of eating healthy
All in all, some pretty tasty food and much closer to us than our usual go-to places for Malaysian. The music that was piping through the restaurant was notably golden oldies with the likes of Que Sera, Sera playing in the background (darn… I can’t get that song out of my head now).
Things to note: They take cash and debit but currently not credit. We also noticed a sign saying that they will be closing on Wednesdays (in addition to Tuesdays) now. It gets busy here and the restaurant is quite narrow so if you’re bringing a big party, call ahead of time.
Food: 4.5 / 5
Service: 4 / 5
3885 Rupert Street
Update: Check out our latest post where we try out their Seafood Laksa and Chef’s Special Chicken Wings