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?
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.