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Malaysia Kopitiam

Malaysia Kopitiam Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.malaysiakopitiam.com
  • Phone: (202) 833-6232
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
    Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

    Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Malaysian, Indonesian, Asian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 18th St. NW and 19th St. NW
  • Public Transit: Farragut North Metro Station (Red) Farragut West Metro Station (Blue, Orange) Dupont Circle Metro Station (Red)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Malaysia Kopitiam
Malaysia Kopitiam was established in the year 2000. The word 'kopitiam' which is a local word means coffee shop. Leslie and Penny Phoon are the owners of Malaysia Kopitiam. Originally, from Ipoh, Perak, Leslie and Penny have traversed the globe from Ipoh to Melbourne to Washington DC to fulfill their ambitions of operating a successful Malaysian restaurant abroad. Penny is the main chef. Many argue that the surest way to find out if a Malaysian restaurant is authentic is to benchmark its Po Piah, Satay and Roti Canai against Penang hawker stall standards. By Penang standards, Malaysian Kopitiam does fairly well.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I was expecting a much more flavorful dishes. I tried better in Bethesda, MA. The Hainam rice was soggy."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Though it was not as authentic as I would like it to be, it was fair enough given many years of Malaysian food eating. Many items we wanted to try was taken off the menu."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Out of a party of three no one liked their food. The meals came out at ver different times and took a long time"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I organized a group dinner of 16 here this past week and everyone left happy. None of us knew much about Malaysian food before eating here, and we sampled a wide variety of traditional fare ranging from stir fried noodles to spicy seafood dishes. The service was great, though to be honest we were the only ones there on a Monday night. And best of all was the price: most dishes were $10-$12 so we didn't have to break the bank to dine out. I can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Leslie & Penny Phone of Malaysia Kopitiam quietly go about serving the very finest Pan Asian/Malaysia cuisine available in the entire area. Come soon to take advantage of the Chinese New Years specialties, DON'T MISS THE NEW YEARS SALAD....INCREDIBLE!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "We were visiting in D.C. and wanted to try unique restaurants. We decided to try some Malaysian food based on some of the other OpenTable reviews we had seen. When we arrived, the restaurant was not crowded at all. The food was pretty good, but the wait staff acted as if they didn't care if we were there or not. No friendliness, no smiles. What a miss! I equated it to my Mom cooking good food but then having it served by two mean aunts. Completely spoiled what we wanted to be a very special meal. As long as you don't want atmosphere, this place is for you."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food here is wonderful, and the portions allow for family-style dining."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Stumbled upon Malaysian Kopitiam while searching for someplace different to meet before a Kennedy Center show. The menu looked great and my wife and I haven't tried Malaysian cooking so we gave it a try. I must say that the food was excellent that evening starting with perfectly cooked and seasoned chicken satay. Main entrees of curry lamb and sambal shrimp were just as tasty. I would imagine that this is a great lunch spot, the décor is a bit dated but the service and food make the difference."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Living in DC area, we thought we thought we were familiar with all kinds of cuisine, but we didn't discover Malaysian food until a visit to Kuala Lumpur recently. This is kind of sad, since Malaysia Kopitiam has been around for awhile. We had the Nasi Lemak and Mee Goreng and were pleased they tasted very authentic. We are glad that our travels have allowed us to discover this place. We will be coming again and again."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Excellent food! I had never had Malaysian before and was delighted with the new flavors -- an interesting blend of Thai, Chinese and Indian. Every dish was fantastic."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "The food was good, don't go expecting an amazing ambience."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "In town for a girlfriends get-away, looking for Thai and needing a reservation for a party of 8, found this on OT. Having never eaten Maylaysian we saw this as an adventure, & reviews from other diners were solid. The food was a cross between Indian and Thai; everyone found something that was acceptable, and a few dishes were deemed very tasty. The service was very good, but the descriptions of the food were hard to understand. When ordering appetizers for the table, the waitress did not like my choices and ended up bringing us what she thought were a better match; her selections were fine! A great time in a friendly place; 8 adults all had alcoholic drinks (one round), shared appetizers had separate entrées for under $200, with the tip!"
    Dined on 7/19/2013
  • "Terrific food served by friendly people at this low key neighborhood place. The roti canai was a great version, with the pancakes served separately from the stew for dipping. Generous portions at low prices. If I lived nearby I'd be there once a week for sure."
    Dined on 4/15/2013
  • "Delicious!!! Especially the mango sticky rice and the po piat rolls."
    Dined on 4/13/2013
  • "Went with a group of 10 for a birthday, booked on opentable and didn't research too much into it. The food was great, there were so many choices it was actually difficult to choose. There were 2 things that brought down the rating from there. 1) The food did not come out at the same time. There was about a 10 min difference from the time the first person got their food, to the last. 2) The noise, unfortunately the place is small and very kid friendly. There were two families with toddlers screaming not too far from us. So if you are a family and around the Dupont area and willing to try a different cuisine, this restaurant may be a great chance. But if you are doing a large group, may want to try elsewhere."
    Dined on 3/30/2013
  • "Great food in a run down building. Our group of four tested the entire menu - chicken, beef, fish and lamb, all was delicious, and different enough from Chinese and Thai to be new to most."
    Dined on 3/18/2013
  • "This was our first time here and first time reading Malaysian food. The food was awesome. Excellent. Zero complaints. The decor is very dated and could use a good cleaning our remodel."
    Dined on 3/16/2013
  • "nice basic storefront ethnic with good food, reasonably priced, nice friendly folk running and serving."
    Dined on 3/15/2013
  • "Food was very tasty. I liked everything we ordered."
    Dined on 3/12/2013
  • "i used to like this restaurant (more or less), but it ALWAYS smells strongly of cleaning fluid. on top of that, they were unapologetically vacuuming and moving chairs around shortly after 5p (when they were open for dinner), which ***completely killed*** what i had been hoping would be a quiet, relaxing dining experience. i constructively offered this feedback to them and paid my check to be nice. but although i kept this reservation, they refused to issue OT credit -- still haven't. very very rude manager. please do not go here."
    Dined on 1/31/2013
  • "We were in town for the inauguration and wanted to get a cuisine that we can't find in our hometown. We can get almost every type of food in Chicago, but we are at a loss when it comes to Malaysian restaurants. I made a reservation for Malaysia Kopitiam because it was near our hotel. Before we headed to the restaurant, we read the poor reviews on Yelp and it almost scared us away. Luckily, we stuck to our guns and went. We were so happy that we did. The food was very, very good. I haven't been to Malaysia, but I have been to Singapore which has very similar food, and this was just as good as anywhere we ate in Singapore. It's not a "see and be seen" crowd, but if you want solid Malaysian food in a great neighborhood, definitely go!"
    Dined on 1/20/2013
  • "This is fantastic Malaysian cuisine and has been around for ages. Items to try include the roti canai, rendang curries (chicken or beef) and curry laksa soup. I will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 1/12/2013