VENUE DETAILS

Peninsula

Price:

$$

Cuisine Type:

Asian, Chinese, Thai

Serves:

Lunch, Dinner

Handicap Accessible:

Yes

Outdoor Seating:

No

Handicap Accessible:

Yes

Outdoor Seating:

No

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REVIEW

Exploring a new cuisine is a bit like visiting a country for the first time -- there is much to learn and, if you have guides who know the territory, you'll get more out of the experience. Peninsula, the new Malaysian restaurant on Eat Street (a k a Nicollet Avenue), isn't really the first Malaysian restaurant in the Twin Cities, but it's certainly the most ambitious, with the most extensive menu, and a level of ambience and amenities that other local Malaysian restaurants can't match. My own guides to this cuisine were three natives of Malaysia, who joined me on one visit.

My companions started out skeptical. In Malaysia, they told me, the quality of food at restaurants and street stalls is very high. Fresh fruits and vegetables and spices are available year-round, and competition is so tough that second-rate eateries don't last long. So Malaysian restaurants away from the homeland can be disappointing -- the cooks aren't always as skillful, and the flavors aren't as fresh.

Surveying the menu, they picked out the different ingredients of Malaysia's multicultural cuisine. Only 7 percent of Malaysia's population is of Indian ancestry, but many Malaysians, regardless of their background, start their day with roti canai, an Indian flatbread served with a mild but savory brown potato and chicken curry.

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Where:

Peninsula
2608 Nicollet Av. S.
Minneapolis, MN
612-871-8282

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