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I found myself at Plaza Damas last weekend. After several hours of attending to certain business, it was suddenly dinner time. We decided that perhaps it would be a good idea to explore something at this comfortably small but elegant mall instead of heading elsewhere to quiet down the little growling sound from my stomach that is starting to get annoying.

Penang Village at Plaza Damas
“Fish Satay” in lemon grass

We past several restaurants before deciding upon Penang Village. Being from Penang island, I am always skeptical towards restaurants that claim to serve Penang food. However, I was feeling a little adventurous that day, and whatever food I could see from those customers that are already eating certainly looks inviting.

Penang Village at Plaza Damas
nice ambiance and surprisingly good food

The menu is simple and illustrated with enough photos of the dishes to guide those who can’t read English or Malay. We ended up ordering 5 items for the two of us, nasi lemak with beef, nasi tomato with lamb, kailan (vegetable) with salted fish, fish satay, and otak-otak.

Penang Village at Plaza Damas
beef nasi lemak and lamb nasi tomato

Even though it was a weekend evening, the food didn’t take more than 10 minutes to come. The nasi tomato and nasi lemak came with pretty good meat curry (rendang and kurma), the rice tasted very authentic and even the presentation was rather high class. A small glass of acar accompanied the rice.

The otak-otak served is of the Penang variety, for the uninitiated, it is a type of steamed fish paste with mixture of traditional spices. The otak-otak was not oily and nor over powering, just nice and a good companion to the rice dishes.

I especially like the interesting “fish satay” served on a lemon grass stick. It reminded me of the same thing I had at Bumbubali (a Balinese restaurant at Puchong), very succulent and delicious. The taste of fish cake and the core infused with lemon grass aroma was simply brilliant. This would be my must-order at Penang Village.

Penang Village at Plaza Damas
Penang otak-otak, kailan with salted fish, fish satay

The rice dishes were around RM 12+ each with the other dishes slightly cheaper. The dinner costs RM 60+ for the two of us, 5 dishes and 1 drink. A pretty decent price for the quality of food and location. I am not too sure about their other classic dishes like Char Kueh Teow, but if they can have similar quality it wouldn’t be disappointing.

map to Plaza Damas
Plaza Damas is located at Sri Hartamas

Other than Plaza Damas, Penang Village has branches at USJ 9, TTDI, Alamanda Putrajaya Mall, and a couple other locations at Indonesia too.

Hartamas Shopping Centre (Plaza Damas)
Lot G8B&9, Sri Hartamas, KL

GPS: 3.163548, 101.656076
Tel: 03-6201 9816

Discuss : KY eats – Penang Village at Plaza Damas, Sri Hartamas

  1. I highly recommend the nasi lemak to rendang lovers. Of cuz, this is from the USJ branch, so I don’t know about the quality in other branches.

    The otak otak is pretty good too 🙂

  2. Klaw,
    The nasi lemak rendang was very good at this branch too. 😀

  3. Oooo. Very nice food decor!

  4. Precious Pea

    One of my favourite place for lunch. Their Char Kuey Teow not bad, it has got the ‘wok hei’. Curry laksa not bad too. I didn’t quite like the sambal for the nasi lemak, find it too sweet. Love their presentation.

  5. Valz,
    Yah, very nice.

    Precious Pea,
    The flavor tends to be a bit on the stronger side, but overall still pretty good I think.

  6. adryazad

    i must say that the food presentation is pretty impressive.. local food in a neo traditional way..

  7. Interesting the way to put the Nasi Lemak in to a square and the telur rebus in it. LOL.

  8. adryazad,
    Yeah, very nice.

    Simon Seow,
    Contrasting style right? 😀

  9. Penang Village (PV) at Plaza Damas was okay…but not the one at Alamanda. I was dining with my family on Feb 20 when suddenly a RAT…yes a RAT fell from the ceiling. During the commotion, the waiter simply grabbed the rat with his cleaning towel. The manager acted like it was nothing. Submit an online feedback at PV website and until now…no reply. Very disappointed for such promising restaurant chain.

  10. Dyan,
    I think this one calls for complains to the health department if they’re not gonna do anything about it. crazy!

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