Penang Delight Cafe's focus is using authentic Malaysian spices from the Pacific Rim, to creates fresh, traditional and authentic dishes designed for sharing.
First, a bit about the 'hood. Renfrew Collingwood is an eastside neighbourhood in between the Killarney/Champlain (which is to the south) and Hastings(which is north). It is a mixed neighbourhood - mostly residential and small business and some public places (such as Renfrew Park Community Center and Library). It has middle income and working class people. It is not an entertainment destination - there are no theaters, cinemas or galleries. There are a lot of "ordinary" dining establishments, but also a lot of gems in this type of neighbourhood as one gets away from the pricey rents of the West Side and Downtown peninsula and samples family run places.
So, I enjoy Malay, Thai and other Asian foods and we decided to check this place out - located just off 22nd Avenue on Rupert Street.
The service was cordiale and prompt. The only complaint was that the staff taped the receipts to the dining tables - this was a little tacky looking - but not a deal breaker.
The food was served hot and tasty. Hubby and I shared a Seafood Curry Laksa - mildly spicy curry with shrimp, squid/cuttlefish, fish ball and vermicelli at $11.95. We also ordered Sambal Green Bean Prawn for $14.95, Mongolian Chicken Chop for $10.95, Basil Chicken for $10.95 and Nasi Nanas (fried rice with pineapple) for around $8 and change. We also had two cans of gingerale for $1.50 each.
All the food was very tasty. I would have preferred spicier - but my kids were fine with it the way it was. The food was not overly greasy and we all enjoyed our meal.
I rated the ambiance as "mediocre" due to being seated in a drafty part and getting a blast of cold air every time the front door opened. Also, the tables were rather close together, making us feel like we were encroaching on our neighbouring diners. Also, the aforementioned taping of the order form to the table took away from the feeling of fine dining. Other than that - the decor was tasteful and enjoyable.
I also rated "mediocre" on value as this is a "cash only" establishment and located in ordinary old Renfrew/Collingwood. We were charged an extra "$1" for each noodle and rice dish due to it being the supper hour. Although the food was indeed tasty - I thought the price point should have been a tad lower considering that it is "cash only" ergo no debit/interact/credit card fees and the rents are lower in this neighbourhood. Some of these savings should be passed onto the customers to encourage people to partake in establishments in their own neighbourhoods (and to encourage others to hop on transit and enjoy the neighbourhoods outisde the West Side, Main Street and Commercial Drive - really folks - Vancouver does go beyond these 'hoods" ;)
Notwithstanding my little rant about the price point - I will probably return for some good eats.
We went to dinner on a rainy Wednesday, night with my parents. This restaurant is quite close to my house and brought friends to the restaurant to try it out. Pleasantly surprised with the food, since it is a small quaint and new restaurant. We ordered about 7-8 dishes amongst the 6 of us. The value was great, wish the portions were a bit bigger, but other than that the food was quite good. All of thought the food was not going to be that good, but we will be dining here again. We ordered hainan chicken, pineapple rice, beef brisket curry, chicken curry, roti, some greens forgot what it was. But there coconut rice, side dish was great. one fo the tastiest favored rices ever. We will be coming back here again. there Malaysian dessert was great. A great quaint place in the neighborhood, what we need near my house. Hopefully they stay in business for a long time, They are quite buzy on regular nights. But a great place to eat, if you have not tried Malaysian food come here. The customer service was great regarding that it is owned by a husband and wife. Very friendly and great atmosphere
I gave the food an Outstanding Rating, not because I loved the food. I personally did not find it special, meaning Malaysian food is just not my thing. But the others, some of whom were Malaysian said it was delicious, authentic, and fresh. So it is just my personal taste that wasn't excited so I shouldn't rate it poorly.
I liked Banana Leaf a lot, but apparently that is more Malaysian Fusion.
Service is great. The store is family ran, meaning everyone cares a lot about the place. No problems.
The value is great if you stick to the noodles or rice individual orders. Once you get ordering a bunch of dishes to share, the price goes up (But so does the food quality).
Ambiance: You can see they tried and was a decent job. Very neat and clean. Some cool decor.
Go there to try and see if you like true Malay food done right. If you already do know you like it, then this is the best place.
I like Malaysian food but I always had to drive to DT VCR or New West to have good Malaysian food then I found Penang Care a few month ago. I've been there twice and they were both very good experience. I especially liked Mango Fish and Pegang Laksa noodle. I found Sambal source was a bit too salty. Try White Coffee if you like sweet and creamy. All of waitress and waiters are quick and get us what we want. I highly recommend Penang cafe to my friends and families.
I finally got a chance to dine here with my family. If you are going with a big crowd, make sure you book ahead because it's a busy place. My first impression was "it's just an ordinary restaurant with OK food and OK service". I was wrong! Servers are very nice. We came with a little boy and the first thing they asked was whether we need a high chair. I was impressed because you don't get this at many asian restaurants. They brought us extra plates, extra napkins, adding tea with just one request. I hate places where we have to ask twice for everything.
Regardless of the crowded atmosphere, the service and food are great! I like their Hainanese chicken and skewers. I will definitely go back and try more food.
I am not Malay.
Hence, it is good food for me for sure. I have heard mixed reviews from real Malay claiming that the restuarant is able to hit the ball out of the park, but just stutters short of that because of not enough spices. The spices are there, but not enough... logically in hopes of delighting the less discerning clients. Which is me. So I am sold on the restaurant, and I would go back for sure. Knowing that there is a lack of good, solid, Malay food that costs an arm and a leg, this is a reasonable choice for central Vancouver. I am not driving to New West for Malay food no matter how fine.
The staples are here, the satays are generous and delightful. The laksa is dependable and I have heard from Malay, good. There are lots of other choices that won't break the bank. And for an Asian restuarant, thoughtful decor and friendly staff. Good choice.
"The quality of taste, service, value and ambiance are disappointing to all Malaysians/Singaporeans!
(Food and Value) It was my second time there and was worse! Our bill for three dishes and four bowl of rice came to $40. We ordered three dishes, averaged $10 each. It is not a fine dinning restaurant. However, each dish was a miserably small handful of food! The first vegetarian dish has 10 long beans, 3 finger sized eggplants and onions for $10! We thought maybe the second dish will be bigger. We counted only 11 tiny pieces of beef briskets for $10! Then the final dish came, what can be more undelightful than one piece of chicken drum stick chopped up into many fragmented pieces of meat for $10! We bite into bone fragments too, ouch!
(Service) The service was undelightful. By the way, it was not busy, there was only another table besides ours. We asked for plates and waited for a long time. So we asked for the second time and waited 5 minutes. We could have finished the 3 miserably small dishes by then. Our tea were not refilled.
(Ambiance) The restaurant is tiny and tables are extremely close together. Both times my family and I were there, we were uncomfortably seated closely to other customers. The staffs were wearing oversized uniforms which gave them a sloppy appearance. The decor were not authentic. Overall, I just don't feel the Malaysian vibe.
As a matter of fact, I am Canadian Chinese born and raised in Singapore and my parents are from Penang. My family and I know what's authentic.
Very excited to have found this place that so reminds me of home. Food was authentic and portions were a good size. Dishes that were especially true to taste were the sambal ikan billis, Ipoh Hor Fun, Char kueh teow, #8 veggies and malay kuih. Several others we tried like #1 veggies, satay and curry laksa were also very good; no poor choices to be made here.
Apparently the Ipoh noodles, roti and desserts are made in-house, all of which tasted deliciously homestyle. Overall, the food was fresh, flavours great, grease was well controlled and I won't hesitate to bring along critical Malaysian friends next time.
While early morning shopping nearby we saw their sign and came back later for lunch to try it out. The small restaurant was nicely decorated with photos on the walls, nice clean tables & chairs, and very clean and also nicely decorated bathroom. We were impressed with the cleanliness & decor.
We shared a Curry Laksa and a Kari Beef Brisket with steam rice. The Laksa was tasty but could've been a bit spicier. The Kari Beef over rice was also very tasty but a bit salty for my palate. The portions were adequate but not generous, especially for the the prices for lunch fare.
Enjoyable location & facilities, good service and good food. But, we'll keep our eyes open for Malaysian restaurants.
We were so happy to see a Malaysian restaurant open in Collingwood. We ordered the Sambal Beans,
Mee Goreng, roti and rice, on both occasions. Food was superb. Refills of warm tea and ice water came without a request.
Ambiance was lovely, lots of homeland photos on the wall, air was pregnant with wonderful spice smells from the kitchen, doorway curtain to make sure no one felt gusts of cold air from the outside. Seating was
Took a friend from the movie industry up to Penang for lunch. He said once the movie crowd found out about this place, they were going to be even busier. I think they have been open for only a couple weeks.
Found their prices more than reasonable.
...to authentic Penangese cuisine. Took my Malaysian Chinese father in law to try it out. Tried char quey teow, bee hoon, assam ayam, and roti canai. Not bad, the best char quey teow I've tasted in Vancouver yet but they missed the clams and it wasn't quite spicy enough.
Roti canai wasn't flakey enough but curry sauce was good. Bee hoon was OK. Assam ayam was good.
Owner imports Milo from Malaysia. Also had great authentic Malaysian drink selection. Kopi-O, barley, etc.
Was hoping for fresh off the boat Penang cuisine but maybe the proper ingredients are hard to find here. Will try again and mention I want it true Malaysian style and see what the chef can do!