2608 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540844.955130 -93.278083
Neighborhoods: Whittier, Powderhorn
Service was poor - not sure when I'll be back due to this – I have visited this place numerous times. The menu has tons of choices and each time I've tried something new, I've not been disappointed. The food is always very tasty. Now, when it comes to service, it's been all over the map. The other day I visited, it wasn't terribly busy and the service was the worst I've ever had. We ended up commenting to the management and now we are not sure when we'll be back there again, but when you spend hard-earned money and are forced to wait an excessively long time, you get served the wrong dish (the waiter didn't bother to write anything down, which is where the problem stemmed), and your bill is wrung up incorrectly, it doesn't compel you to go running back. It's puzzling because I've seen the manager come around in the past and ask the clientele how their meal was and go out of his way to amend something if a customer didn't find their dish to their liking. When we brought up the poor service, it wasn't done in a rude manner or in a disruptive way to other diners, but we were made to feel like it was our problem, not the inadequacy of the server. When bad service puts you in a foul mood and ruins your meal, it's going to be a long time before I'll feel like embracing the place again.
It was good. – it's nothing really fancy, and that works for me. i'm not eating downtown or in a suburan shopping mall, and i like it that way. good place for trying something new. i'm hooked on the Malaysian coffee. i make it at home every morning. i intend on going back, but i hope to order a dish with a little less fat. the curry was so far the best i've had on Eat Street.
Go for the food, but expect nothing more – After having been to Peninsula a handful of times to fullfill my love of Southeast Asian food, I'm impressed with the unique array of food they have to offer. Starting from Roti with Curried dip to the union of Indian and Chinese cuisines and Peninsula's great presentation. But each time, I've been to Peninsula, I have not yet been impressed with the service. The first time we were there right after it was opened (with that benifit of a newly established restaurant and the crowd,) we waited a long time for our server and our food. However, it was not as bad as the party of six right next to us, who was seated when we had gotten our appetizers, yet sitll, did not get any visit from their server by the time we had gotten our check (Thank God, they had water to keep them from dying from starvation!)
Our second visit, it was much less crowded--less than 10 tables in house, and still, our server could care less about us. She had forgotten our rice, and it literally had taken them 10 minutes for the rice before another server arrived at our table with our rice. Com'on Asian food and no rice??? And yet, our server never came back to check on us until we finally could flag her down for to-go boxes and the check which our credit cards were in hands so we wouldn't lose her for another ten-fifteen minutes for another trip back to get our cards. Though we still will support Peninsula on their food, they have yet to understand of the concept of professional servers vs. familiy/friends servers. It seems to be a popular thing with ethenic restaurants to hire people who don't really know the profession which makes the restaurant seem inefficient and unprofessional. While the top-notch servers are not needed in a smaller restaurant like this one, an efficient few of service-industry crew would serve Peninsula a great wonder.
not the same – I been to this restaurant many times simply because this
is the best Malaysian Singapore restaurant
I even been to their previous restaurant in Wisconsin a few times.
The food used to be graded 10 to me. As for now, it goes down to 5.
Reason 1. The portion is much more smaller and the price is expensive.
Reason 2. The food taste different every time. Sometimes, it is good..sometimes not.
There are a few times, chow kuey teow that we have is burnt and our server did nothing about it. I heard so many Malaysian complained the food and some swear will never go there anymore.
The servers overall is are good and polite.
I will still go to this place if I crave for Malaysian food unless a better Malaysian restaurant comes up in Minneapolis.
We'll give this another go. – The space is cool and the menu is intriguing. Service is polite and attentive but some of the food needs a little work. The chicken dish I got had the skin one and the pieces were chopped and still on the bone. Great flavor but disgusting to look at. I also got the mango beef which had a very nice presentation but was lacking in flavor. This place is fairly new so I'll give it some time and head back and try some of the other dishes.
Excellent Southeast Asian Cuisine – As a California transplant, I didn't think I would be able to find authentic Southeast Asian food in MN. Peninsula has a boisterous atmosphere and excellent Indian/Malay/Chinese food--comparable to Malaysian/Singaporean-Chinese haunts in Los Angeles.
Noodles are great. Char Quay Tiao is as good as I had in Singapore.
The mango chicken is a popular pick with the local MN's--but a little too Westernized for me.
This is a great place to meet up with friends or to take a date for some tasty Southeast Asian food. Highly recommended.
The only drawback seems to be the lack of parking in the area.
Best Malaysian in town – This newly opened place has got to be the best Malaysian in town. they serve many dishes which you just simply can't find anywhere else....many dishes are quite authentically reproduced. Unfortuantely, since they've opened, I think they've toned down their spices a little to adjust to the minnesota palate. Some dishes which are supposed to be spicey/tasty, are not as good as when they first opened. But overall, a fantastic journey for your palate!
Excellent melange of Asian cuisines – Six of us dined at Peninsula Saturday night 1 July. One of the six was not enthralled because he prefers what might be called plain food, but the rest of us were made very happy. The others were very pleased with their selections, but I'll address only what my wife and I got.
For appetizers, the roti telur - a sort of pancake with a potato-chicken dipping sauce - was wonderful, not unlike naan in Indian restaurants. We also got the satay tofu, four large, thick wedges of fried or stir-fried tofu in a very nice peanut sauce. For entrees, my wife, who doesn't care for any spice (as in heat) in her food, feasted on Hokkien Char Mee, wonderful noodles with squid, pork, and shrimp in a dark soy sauce. She pronounced the noodles in particular as some of the best she's ever had. Surely, they're made in house. I got Kari Sotong, stir-fried squid (calamari, if you prefer) with peppers in a lemongrass curry. The serving size was very large, yet I consumed it all and could've eaten more. The squid was perfectly done, not always an easy task. Excellent!
The service was provided by a very friendly and knowledgeable fellow who handled the questions and needs of six people with skill. The ambience is loud with a full house. A high decibel level seems to be a federal requirement in restaurants above the rank of Perkins or McDonald's, so we tend to pretend we hear what the others are saying and accept it. The restaurant consists of one large room with tables nicely separated. As we dined, we noticed many people of Asian origin came in, which we took to be a good sign.
Whether diners were of Asian or, like us, Norwegian descent, though, this was a fine night of eating. Only one mild criticism: Menu items which purport to be spicy (as in hot) appear in red . . . but they aren't. A bit of a spice, perhaps, but short of what one gets in Thai restaurants.
I urge readers who like Asian food to try this relatively new place.
This restaurant's ambitious and eclectic adaptation of Malaysian food molds into the melting pot of Eat Street. – In Short
Natural woods, chrome accents, earth tone painted walls and an expansive floor plan lend an industrial aesthetic to this Eat Street eatery. Well-traveled tongues take delight in a menu that offers fresh interpretations of classic dishes, as well as innovative courses that blend Chinese, Cantonese, Thai and Indian fare. The creative styling includes tofu satay, fried flounder wrapped in banana leafs, plus curries and tom yum, a traditional Thai hot and sour soup.
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