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Aug 30, 2008 09:44 AM

Malaysia Kopitiam - I don't get the attraction

Okay, CAVEAT: I've only had take-out from this restaurant.

Given the above, I don't see the value in this restaurant. I've had their Roti Canai - two thumb sized pieces of chicken and one similar sized piece of potatoe, plus two small pieces of flat bread for $4.50? Crispy squid salad - bunch of julienned fruit with slivers of what tastes like squid chips for $5.95. Entree of Spicy Tamarind Squid for almost $15.

Now, I realize the general price inflation at restaurants in DC. And I am not saying that the dishes were bad... but simply that the food was okay at best and the portions were small, and frankly I didn't eat at the restaurant because it had that funky musty smell of a wet basement.

Now that I think about it, I probably shouldn't have eaten from a restaurant that smells like that, period.

Oh, and to cap it all off, the lady who handles the carry-outs was curt at best - felt like I was intruding on her otherwise perfectly fine day.

I realize that the above comment seems like I'm bashing the place and I don't mean to but... I just dont' get how this restaurant is rated as one of Washingtonian's Very Best 100 in DC, as recently as 2007?

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  1. The Washingtonian's continued loyalty to MK is odd -- the general consensus on this board is that it was once very good, but has been on a long downhill slide, for the reasons you give and because the food just ain't that great.

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    1. re: MartyL

      I've run a small business before and the vibe I got would be explained if the owners just didn't care anymore and they're just coasting.

    2. I didn't care for the calamari salad either, but still like the place.

      random dumpy holes are so rare these days.

      still one of the few Asian places that doesn't (in my experience) turn beef into leather - but I'll stay with the chicken or pork and veer towards curries.

      1. i could forgive a lot if the place didn't have the dank basement smell.. their po pia is better than penang, along with the curried ribs.

        i think the main reason is the lack of good malaysian. i've resorted to the Bethesda Penang... but it's really just nothing authentic either.