We've been seriously thinking about buying a home near Peninsula Malaysian because we can't stay away from their yummy cuisine.
First, almost every dish here is an exciting adventure, creatively conceived, and well prepared. Going down the list of items on their menu, you'll find traditional coconut and red or green curry sauces with all variety of fish, chicken and beef. Additionally, you'll find some real surprises and lush side dishes to pick up any night out. The food is varied and outstanding and everyone I have brought here raves about it and in turn has brought their friends with great joy.
However, there are drawbacks to the Peninsula experience. The dining room consists of one large high ceiling room with hardwood floors. The space is noisy and not condusive to small quiet groups wanting engaging conversation. Second, the waitstaff has a terrible and disarming habit of not delivering food at the appropriate times.
Almost every visit I've ordered to eat here (and we've been a number of times on weekdays and weekends) our food has come staggered with some guests getting their dish way after others were served. Once I didn't get my Yam Pot until everyone else had finished eating.
And I would issue something of a warning: The Chicken dishes are usually full of tiny bones. Now, when I used to order chicken in France (a completley different meat flavor than fake facotry raised chicken we eat in the U.S.) they were many bones but the wild game flavor of French chicken made it worth the trouble of all the plate-side deboning.
At Pennisula, the chicken isn't wild, gamey, and range fed, it's just boney. This stems from the manner in which the cooks butcher and prepare the chicken.
But the flavor of Malaysian food prepared here is phenomenal. They serve a whole bunch of very interesting bubble teas, wine and beer and there is a coconut pudding served inside a hollowed out green coconut that is absolutely out of this world.
You should not miss out on this Minneapolis eat street dining sensation.
Parking is available for Peninsula after six across the street next to the Black Forest parking lot. If you park there before 6:00pm they will tow you.