We went to Funan DigitaLife Mall to pick up some computer accessories and stumbled upon the new Penang Street outlet. Dressed in pastel colour schemes with peranakan tiles and retro furnishings, the restaurant looked inviting.
They serve the usual Penang favourites – like char koay teow, laksa, cuttle fish and prawn noodles – as well as other Malaysian street food such as roti channai and KL Hokkien mee. The menu also has peranakan dishes including asam pedas, nonya prawns and beef rendang. Their signature nasi lemak and chendol seemed to be very popular.
We opted to try the fruit rojak ($6.80), the lor bak platter ($11.80) and the fried carrot cake ($5.80).
The rojak comprised only cut fruits topped with crushed peanuts. The sauce was thin and watery. What was interesting was the sourish buah long long (also known as “kedongdong”) in the rojak. We don’t get that too often. The rojak was quite refreshing and tasty but we would have liked it better with thicker gooey sauce.
The lor bak platter consists of fried spring rolls with chicken filling, century eggs and bean curd served with sweet gooey chilly sauce. The dish was well made and tasted good.
By about 1 pm, the place was packed and there was a queue at the door. It looked like they were under-staffed as the wait for orders to be taken and food to be served was rather long. The patrons were clearly getting impatient and the staff were looking harried. As it transpired, there was a mixed-up with our orders so we never got to try the fried carrot cake. The staff was apologetic and we were told that it was their first day of operations.
On the whole, we think there are places with better Penang food. Nevertheless, Penang Street has a rather extensive menu and their prices are reasonable.
Food : 3
Service : 3
Value : 3
Atmosphere : 3
Overall Rating : 3 TOPs.
Average price per person for lunch – $15.
+65 6336 8924
#02-09, Funan DigitaLife Mall
109 North Bridge Road
Open Daily from 11.00 am to 9.00 pm
Nearby Stations: City Hall