Review: Penang Coffee House Hawthorn

by duncan on September 22, 2010

in Malaysian/ Indonesian

Note to self: take pics before eating

Penang Coffee House

549 Burwood Road Hawthorn 3122
(03) 9819 2092

An old Hawthorn favourite that does a decent meal and takeaway. Doesn’t take booking or EFTPOS, so be prepared.


One of the older establishments in Hawthorn, Penang Coffee House remains a local favourite for affordability and service.

A Friday night at Penang Coffee House does pump, and without the ability to make a reservation, it’s pot luck with seating. On our last trip we were lucky, one table vacant in the place.

The decor is borderline tacky and not suitable for a romantic date, but you don’t go for the food.

Service was prompt and the prices always reasonable: for a party of three the bill came to $42 with entree and soft drinks.

We ordered the Satay Chicken sticks, a rice dish, and combination Char Kway Teow. Yes, as Malaysian food goes, they’re probably not what springs to mind when it comes to Malaysian food, but who cares.

The Char Kway Teow was done properly (unlike a lot of places): it was friend until golden brown, and the mix of seafood and meat good to great. Other meals were solid quality: again, this isn’t city fine dining, but you really can’t go wrong with the food here: it’s full of flavour, fresh ingredients, and you rarely if ever get a bad meal.

3.5 Stars Out Of 5

For: cheap, good food, quick service
Against: tacky interior, not suitable for a romantic night out

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