Is Peninsula on Nicollet in Mpls good?
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.
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/
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...
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.
I have been disappointed several times with Peninsula. I want to like it given that the space is nice, I like Malaysian food generally, and it is close to my house, so I have given it more chances than most places. I have probably had food from there 4-5 times (most recently last week) and have been disappointed all but one time. Last week we got the crispy hot and salty tofu which got raves from many reviewers. I thought it just tasted like spicy tofu without any nuances. The achat was not very good. We got a seafood noodle dish which was in a goopy white sauce. The flavor on the roti canai was good but the dish lacked substance. I definitely like the food a lot better at Satay 2 Go and Singapore! even though both are more of a drive for me and neither is in as nice of a setting.
I think the food comments have been pretty accurate so far, but one thing that hasn't been mentioned is the noise. The times we have gone, it has been very noisy, even when not very crowded. Maybe this has something to do with the space? Just FYI in case you're looking for a more quiet date night.
I agree with Josh about the crispy hot and salty tofu... I really wanted to love this dish (given some other similar dishes I've had) but came away feeling that the flavor was "ok" -- although I still order it because I like the light texture and keep hoping that the flavor will develop more zing over time. I wonder what would happen if you/we asked the server to make it "extra spicy?"