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Is Peninsula on Nicollet in Mpls good?

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My wife and I have a babysitter for both kids for about a three-hour window and have wanted to try Peninsula since it opened. Is it worth us spending this rare opportunity or will be sorely disappointed? Could we actually bring our kids, thus leaving this an option for another night?

For some background, our experience with "real" Malaysian food was actually in Singapore for a week when we frequented the many hawker stands. So, you could say that our tastes are limited. Open to any suggestions on what to order or what not to order.

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  1. 1. you can bring the kids.
    2. you may be disappointed, especially if you order wrong. I have enjoyed all their noodles dishes and their crispy spicy golden tofu (or some name like that). A lot of dishes are very much sweet and sour americanized garbage, so be careful of saucy looking dishes.
    3. if it is hawker stands you seek, you must must must go to satay2go in apple valley. http://www.satay2gomn.com/

    1. I actually enjoyed Peninsula. I might have low expectations because the Malaysian restaurant in Atlanta I went to often for lunch was pretty disappointing but I found the sauces at Peninsula flavorful and fairly light and the seafood really fresh. I was disappointed with the appetizer we got (Roti Canai - curried potato pancake thing) but I got squid for my entree and my husband got Beef Rendang.

      I don't know if I would go there if it were my only date night for months though, you could definitely bring the kids.

      We're headed to Singapore on Saturday so I might revise this review after! :)

      Alice - Really? Apple Valley? It will take a lot of convincing to get my husband to drive down there...

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      1. re: katebauer

        http://citypages.com/dish/detail.asp?...
        http://citypages.com/databank/26/1266...
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/12369...
        those are a few of the rave reviews of satay to go. And yes, I am the Alice mentioned in the review, although I am not from Apple Valley.

      2. Yum! I do remember that CP review as we went to Coconut Grove, the other restaurant mentioned, shortly after that article came out.

        1. We love this place. If you've got the money, go for one of the Sea Bass dishes. They are awesome. The tofu is some of the best I have ever had.

          They have curries, but they are not as creamy as Indian curries, but still tasty.

          Noodles are good, but I would say go for the fish.

          1. I actually enjoy going to Peninsula.
            Having lived in Singapore for 6 years, I have always craved for Singapore/Malay food and this place seems to be the closest in MN. I have been to Penang in Manhattan which is where the chef of Peninsula used to work and the taste seems similar.
            I haven't tried Satay2go so I can't really compare but
            I think Peninsula would be worth a visit. And I always bring my kid with me there. My family enjoy the kway teow noodles and kangkung belachan.