Penang! (which opened in late 2012) takes its name from the food-oriented island on the west coast of Malaysia, and is intended to be the first of a chain of outlets. Dining takes place over two floors, and on an outdoor terrace. The high-ceilinged ground floor is a cheerful place to eat, with its bright blue and canary yellow colour scheme; wooden slats and a large mural add yet more jazz to the interior. Service was equally breezy and moved in time to rock music (the restaurant’s ‘Mr Zuhri’, whose big-spectacled photo pops up everywhere, is a rock fan).
The budget-priced menu covers Malaysian street-food staples including satay, curries and salads, as well as gyoza (Japanese dumplings), sandwiches and even fish and chips with assam pedas (‘sour spicy’) mayo. The spice dial on a chicken satay was turned too low, though the peanut sauce was pleasant. Curry puffs filled with spiced cubed potato, with mango chutney on the side, were better. Far tastier was a steaming bowl of laksa, containing chicken, prawns and vermicelli in a spicy coconut broth, topped with fresh coriander and red chillies. A pink-coloured drink of coconut milk, glutinous rice and taro, served in a small can, made a very sweet but not unlikeable finish.
|Opening hours:||Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Shepherd's Bush or Wood Lane|
|Price:||Main courses £5.95-£10.50|
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Been twice. We also have had the curry puffs and agree with reviewer. Recommend beef rendang, one of best in London. We did have steak first time but this is no longer on the menu (now fish and chips). Eat a chilli choco pot as they are very moreish if you have a sweet tooth.