Penang Bistro: Solid Malaysian Food
We’ve always been a fan of Malaysian food. That’s why it’s surprising that we’ve never heard of Penang Bistro on Fraser before (on the same block as Earnest Ice Cream). Based on the name, I wasn’t sure if they are related to Penang Delight… but they do seem to share some similarities.
The interior of this bistro has a row of deep booths on one side and individual tables on the other side with bench seating along the wall. If you’re not certain what to order, you can see a rotating display of menu items on the tv hanging from the wall as well as the countless food pictures. One of the things that I like about this place is that most of their menu items have pictures so you can see what they look like before you order it.
We ordered a few drinks to start out our meal… the Cool Passion ($4.95) made with orange, passion fruit, and pineapple juice mixed with lemonade as well as the Blackcurrant Sparkler ($4.95) made with blackcurrant, lemon, and soda. I had read that the serving sizes were small here so we ordered a bunch of appies and a few mains… starting with the flaky Roti Canai ($6.95).
The Penang Shrimp Roll ($6.95) was really good. It had a filling made with minced pork and shrimp wrapped in a thin beancurd sheet and then deep-fried which gave the wrapping a crisp exterior. The Chicken Satay ($6.95 for 4 skewers) was also a solid hit with tender chicken and a peanut-based dipping sauce.
For our first main, we went with the Mee Goreng ($13.45) which is a pan-fried noodle dish with egg, seafood, shredded tofu, cabbage, tomatoes, and onions in a sambal sauce. Good amount of wok heat in this dish.
For our veggie dish, we went with the Malaysia Specialty Vegetables ($14.95) with green beans, eggplant, and okra mixed with dried shrimp and chili. The dish isn’t overly spicy and the veggies had the proper amount of snap to the bite.
Last up for us was the Deluxe Curry Platter ($26.95) which came served in a carved wooden serving tray. It’s a bit on the expensive side but it lets you try their rendang beef, lamb, and chicken all in one dish. I think the beef was the best as it was super tender and quite flavourful but the lamb and chicken were equally tender.
Towards the end of our meal, we noticed that another table had ordered an interesting dish… it was a Malaysian crispy chicken dish where the whole chicken was presented upright. The waitress then proceeded to carve it table side… first presenting the crispy wings and legs to the table and then carving the rest of the golden-hued bird and shredding it to make lettuce wrap.
The restaurant filled up pretty quickly after 6pm but there is a separate private dining room behind a barn door off the main entrance. While our meal turned out to be a bit expensive, the food was quite good and we wound up waddling out of the restaurant with leftovers.
3960 Fraser Street
Posted on December 28, 2017, in Malaysian, Restaurant Review and tagged Chicken Satay, Curry, Food, Malaysian, Mee Goreng, Penang Shrimp Roll, Rendang Beef, Rendang Chicken, Rendang Lamb, restaurant review, Riley Park, Roti Canai, Vancouver. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.