Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine

★★★★☆
  • 2608 Nicollet Ave S

    Minneapolis, MN 55408

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  • 612-871-2863

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A true diamond in the rough. If you are familiar with Malaysian cuisine, you know they have lots to offer. However probably the key would be to order the right things in order to develop the taste.

Their food was mind blowing. We ordered roti telur to beef satay to rendang and trust me when I say, the food was as good as Penang in DC. They were really good.

This is a place that I am going back again and again till my trip to twin city continues.

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★★★★★

A true diamond in the rough. If you are familiar with Malaysian cuisine, you know they have lots to offer. However probably the key would be to order the right things in order to develop the taste.

Their food was mind blowing. We ordered roti telur to beef satay to rendang and trust me when I say, the food was as good as Penang in DC. They were really good.

This is a place that I am going back again and again till my trip to twin city continues.

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I've had good food at Peninsula in the past, but the last experience is enough to make me think twice about where I choose to spend my hard earned money. Our server could not speak or understand English. I'm completely serious. I don't fault him for not speaking the language, but I do fault management for putting him on the floor knowing there was a language barrier. I initially asked for a Stoli martini as a pre-dinner drink but he did not know what "a stoli" was. My dinner mate accompanied him to the bar and pointed out the bottle of Stoli. Then he indicated he did not know what a martini was, or how to make one, and indicated with very few words and more hand gestures that there was no bartender. I then pointed to a wine selection, desiring a bottle to share. He took away our wine glasses which I thought strange, and returned almost 10 minutes later with a single glass of wine. I then used my best pantomime skills to indicate we wanted a bottle, not a glass. After he was gone for almost another ten minutes we decided to leave. What was most upsetting was when I reported the incident to management (making sure I wasn't faulting the server for not speaking English as much as I faulted management for putting him on the floor) management replied to my complaint stating the server's expertise with the food was more beneficial to patrons than his inability to communicate effectively was a detriment. I'm still struggling with that one. Next time I'll bring my translation book. Now I know why they have pictures of all the menu items -- it's not for the patrons benefit it's for the staff!

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★★☆☆☆

I've had good food at Peninsula in the past, but the last experience is enough to make me think twice about where I choose to spend my hard earned money. Our server could not speak or understand English. I'm completely serious. I don't fault him for not speaking the language, but I do fault management for putting him on the floor knowing there was a language barrier. I initially asked for a Stoli martini as a pre-dinner drink but he did not know what "a stoli" was. My dinner mate accompanied him to the bar and pointed out the bottle of Stoli. Then he indicated he did not know what a martini was, or how to make one, and indicated with very few words and more hand gestures that there was no bartender. I then pointed to a wine selection, desiring a bottle to share. He took away our wine glasses which I thought strange, and returned almost 10 minutes later with a single glass of wine. I then used my best pantomime skills to indicate we wanted a bottle, not a glass. After he was gone for almost another ten minutes we decided to leave. What was most upsetting was when I reported the incident to management (making sure I wasn't faulting the server for not speaking English as much as I faulted management for putting him on the floor) management replied to my complaint stating the server's expertise with the food was more beneficial to patrons than his inability to communicate effectively was a detriment. I'm still struggling with that one. Next time I'll bring my translation book. Now I know why they have pictures of all the menu items -- it's not for the patrons benefit it's for the staff!

Pros: Didn't stay long enough to realize any pros

Cons: Could not communicate with server

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I enjoyed my tour of Malaysian dining the other night at Peninsula, and am thankful for my trusty guide Lance. The menu is a bit overwhelming; with over 200 options but don??t be shy about asking for assistance. My trusty guide fancied a Mohawk but new the menu inside and out. Lance told me they could run the gamut from flavorful across my tongue to drumming up beads of sweat on my brow. After a little feedback he offered up several options and quickly pointed out signature dishes and what we couldn't find elsewhere. I opted for the Char Kway Teow, and was directed to a picture on the wall of a street vendor, followed by a story how in Malaysia "Char Kway Teow" is like New York??s Hot Dog, street vendor food. This didn't detract from the experience but only enhanced the authenticity, especially once our food was delivered and I was able to enjoy the culinary expertise which couldn't be further from a New York cart and street. This is no "dirty water dog" but rather a palate bursting experience. There is a reason Nicollet is called ??Eat Street? and it is because places like Peninsula. Full of options from Vegetarian to carnivore, Peninsula can??t be beat. If you are looking for an adventure, check it out! I hope your guide is as great as mine was.

2
★★★★★

I enjoyed my tour of Malaysian dining the other night at Peninsula, and am thankful for my trusty guide Lance. The menu is a bit overwhelming; with over 200 options but don??t be shy about asking for assistance. My trusty guide fancied a Mohawk but new the menu inside and out. Lance told me they could run the gamut from flavorful across my tongue to drumming up beads of sweat on my brow. After a little feedback he offered up several options and quickly pointed out signature dishes and what we couldn't find elsewhere. I opted for the Char Kway Teow, and was directed to a picture on the wall of a street vendor, followed by a story how in Malaysia "Char Kway Teow" is like New York??s Hot Dog, street vendor food. This didn't detract from the experience but only enhanced the authenticity, especially once our food was delivered and I was able to enjoy the culinary expertise which couldn't be further from a New York cart and street. This is no "dirty water dog" but rather a palate bursting experience. There is a reason Nicollet is called ??Eat Street? and it is because places like Peninsula. Full of options from Vegetarian to carnivore, Peninsula can??t be beat. If you are looking for an adventure, check it out! I hope your guide is as great as mine was.

Pros: Options, Service, Food!!!

Cons: perhaps too many options???

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I am a little torn on the experience. First of all, the food was fabulous. Good menu, good food, good drinks. However, I felt like we were being timed. My boyfriend and I went in for dinner (our first time there) we were seated promptly, given menus and asked our order. We asked for a little time, the server said sure, and about, I kid you not, 30 seconds later the server was back. This went on the whole meal. And constantly taking plates away and asking if we wanted food packed up. And we were like um, we just started eating! You would have thought the restaurant was about to close in 15 minutes the way the staff RUSHED us through. They were very kind and polite, and OVERLY attentive. And the place wasn??t even full, it was about half empty when we were there. We went through drinks and 3 courses and were out the door in about 40 minutes flat. So I am torn, food was super good, staff was nice, but I felt like we were in a race or something. When we left, I looked at the door for hours, and the place was still open for another 2 hours. I have NO idea why they rushed us through like that. It was really really weird.

1
★★☆☆☆

I am a little torn on the experience. First of all, the food was fabulous. Good menu, good food, good drinks. However, I felt like we were being timed. My boyfriend and I went in for dinner (our first time there) we were seated promptly, given menus and asked our order. We asked for a little time, the server said sure, and about, I kid you not, 30 seconds later the server was back. This went on the whole meal. And constantly taking plates away and asking if we wanted food packed up. And we were like um, we just started eating! You would have thought the restaurant was about to close in 15 minutes the way the staff RUSHED us through. They were very kind and polite, and OVERLY attentive. And the place wasn??t even full, it was about half empty when we were there. We went through drinks and 3 courses and were out the door in about 40 minutes flat. So I am torn, food was super good, staff was nice, but I felt like we were in a race or something. When we left, I looked at the door for hours, and the place was still open for another 2 hours. I have NO idea why they rushed us through like that. It was really really weird.

Pros: food

Cons: very rushed

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Another stop on our dinner of the month "club" with friends, and another big success. This is the first place I've been to that actually reminded me of dining experiences in China. In other words, don't expect anything sweet and sour, or dumbed down for midwestern blandness. That means that if you're not an adventurous eater, some of the smells, flavors, and ingredients might be a turn off. Unfortunately, that means you'd be missing truly extraordinary dishes. Even my wife, who isn't very adventurous, loved just about everything. The menu lists over 150 items, many of which include pictures. Descriptions were accurate, and the servers were very helpful. I was impressed with how she had memorized the entire menu numbering. Dishes were presented beautifully and service timing was perfect. When we finished the entrees, we weren't rushed on, but given enough time to digest a bit so that we could have dessert (which were awesome). Go with an open mind, and lots of friends so you can share many dishes.

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★★★★★

Another stop on our dinner of the month "club" with friends, and another big success. This is the first place I've been to that actually reminded me of dining experiences in China. In other words, don't expect anything sweet and sour, or dumbed down for midwestern blandness. That means that if you're not an adventurous eater, some of the smells, flavors, and ingredients might be a turn off. Unfortunately, that means you'd be missing truly extraordinary dishes. Even my wife, who isn't very adventurous, loved just about everything. The menu lists over 150 items, many of which include pictures. Descriptions were accurate, and the servers were very helpful. I was impressed with how she had memorized the entire menu numbering. Dishes were presented beautifully and service timing was perfect. When we finished the entrees, we weren't rushed on, but given enough time to digest a bit so that we could have dessert (which were awesome). Go with an open mind, and lots of friends so you can share many dishes.

Pros: Delicious unique food, great service, good prices

Cons: None

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Right when you step foot inside thier resturant, you feel like you have been transfered to a whole other place! They have very unique foods that I probubly would have never had a chance to eat unless I went to the Peninsula! Thier smoothies are better than anything you could ever find at Orange Julious, and thier Roti Canai is Amazing! But, by far my favorite dish would have to be the pinnapple chicken which is served inside a pinnapple half! The only problem I would have with them would have to be that there isn't quite enough parking.

5
★★★★★

Right when you step foot inside thier resturant, you feel like you have been transfered to a whole other place! They have very unique foods that I probubly would have never had a chance to eat unless I went to the Peninsula! Thier smoothies are better than anything you could ever find at Orange Julious, and thier Roti Canai is Amazing! But, by far my favorite dish would have to be the pinnapple chicken which is served inside a pinnapple half! The only problem I would have with them would have to be that there isn't quite enough parking.

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This is a good place i would recommend for casual dinner. Most items on their menus are good specially the fried rice and the rendang (beef brisket curry one of my favorites) and the char mee (noodles) I have tried their other curry like the green curry but it lacks depth and body, taste like any ordinary curry. Prices are reasonable and staff is warm and friendly. I dont recommend their drinks though (like the smoothies )specially if you're not familiar with asian textures and tastes.

Bottom line = Its worth a second or third visit for me sometime, good food (if you know what to order) good service and reasonably priced

2
★★★★☆

This is a good place i would recommend for casual dinner. Most items on their menus are good specially the fried rice and the rendang (beef brisket curry one of my favorites) and the char mee (noodles) I have tried their other curry like the green curry but it lacks depth and body, taste like any ordinary curry. Prices are reasonable and staff is warm and friendly. I dont recommend their drinks though (like the smoothies )specially if you're not familiar with asian textures and tastes.

Bottom line = Its worth a second or third visit for me sometime, good food (if you know what to order) good service and reasonably priced

Pros: most items are good, reasonably priced

Cons: limited drinks and dessert selections

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Beef dishes taste fabulous, but was very very fatty. Staff is welcoming, pleasant and wonderful. Most of the food is very good!

2
★★★★☆

Beef dishes taste fabulous, but was very very fatty. Staff is welcoming, pleasant and wonderful. Most of the food is very good!

Pros: Great staff - warm and welcoming.

Cons: Very fatty beef.

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I am a VERY picky eater, and was very afraid to try most of the items on the menu, so I settled with Chicken Fried Rice. It is absolutely to die for! I have been back since, and I always order my fried rice. I have ventured out a bit and ordered some chicken dishes too. The chili chicken was good, even if it was a little spicier than I am used to. But by all means, the fried rice is the best I have ever had! My friends really like the coconut smoothies, but I couldn't get into that.

2
★★★★★

I am a VERY picky eater, and was very afraid to try most of the items on the menu, so I settled with Chicken Fried Rice. It is absolutely to die for! I have been back since, and I always order my fried rice. I have ventured out a bit and ordered some chicken dishes too. The chili chicken was good, even if it was a little spicier than I am used to. But by all means, the fried rice is the best I have ever had! My friends really like the coconut smoothies, but I couldn't get into that.

Pros: Delicious fried rice

Cons: None

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My boyfriend and I went here on Christmas. We didn't have a problem with the service. My curry hotpot was good at first, but not great. It was too rich or something and made me develop a bit of a food intolerance to it after eating the leftovers. My boyfriend ordered something with a taro root(?) shell, and it seemed really thick and doughy, like it was undercooked. The outside crust of this shell was tasty though. It was a bit overpriced for what we got. I wouldn't seek out this place to eat again, but wouldn't avoid it either. I'd also order something different if there's a next time.

1
★★★☆☆

My boyfriend and I went here on Christmas. We didn't have a problem with the service. My curry hotpot was good at first, but not great. It was too rich or something and made me develop a bit of a food intolerance to it after eating the leftovers. My boyfriend ordered something with a taro root(?) shell, and it seemed really thick and doughy, like it was undercooked. The outside crust of this shell was tasty though. It was a bit overpriced for what we got. I wouldn't seek out this place to eat again, but wouldn't avoid it either. I'd also order something different if there's a next time.

Pros: open on Christmas

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Great place, I like their Roti Canai and Ayam Rendang. I would suggest sticking to Malaysian food though their Indian curry is also reasonably good. The Chicken Satay is also nice. The place is very reasonable and our family loves going to this place once in a month or so. I have recommended several friends to this place as well.

2
★★★★★

Great place, I like their Roti Canai and Ayam Rendang. I would suggest sticking to Malaysian food though their Indian curry is also reasonably good. The Chicken Satay is also nice. The place is very reasonable and our family loves going to this place once in a month or so. I have recommended several friends to this place as well.

Pros: Food, parking, ambience

Cons: Servers are not very fluent in English

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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.

1
★★☆☆☆

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.

Pros: variety of dishes, clean, well-lit, open kitchen

Cons: inexperienced servers, slow, not paying attention

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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.

1
★★★☆☆

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.

Pros: good curry!

Cons: slow service

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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.

1
★★★☆☆

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.

Pros: Good Malaysian food, great presentation, good place for lunch

Cons: Non-attentive servers, unimpressive drink menu, tie-die paintings

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I been to this restaurant many times simply because this
is the best Malaysian Singapore restaurant
in town.
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.

2
★★★★☆

I been to this restaurant many times simply because this
is the best Malaysian Singapore restaurant
in town.
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.

Pros: servers

Cons: the food portion is small and not authetic + not consistent

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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

Pros: Ambience, Service

Cons: at times, flavor and dish presentation

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

Pros: authentic Southeast Asian Food; fun atmosphere

Cons: parking

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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!

2
★★★★★

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!

Pros: The food, ambience

Cons: parking can be bothersome

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

Pros: food and service

Cons: too loud, like most restaurants

 

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