I think when most folks in Forest Hills think of going out to dinner locally they automatically think of the restaurants in the 71st/Continental Avenue area.
Yesterday by sheer luck we walked away from 71st and ended up in a Malaysian restaurant on Queens Boulevard called Pinang. They offer Malaysian and Thai dishes.
I couldn't tell you if the cuisine at Pinang is authentic or not; however, what I can tell you is that either we were incredibly lucky, or this place is absolutely amazing.
We shared Fish Fillet in Thai Sauce, and Pad Thai.
Now I have had Pad Thai many times at different places, including Sripraphai and although satisfied I would have never called it my favorite dish. As of today I'm calling Pinang's Pad Thai one of my favorite dishes. Since last night, my obsessive thoughts of that amazing Pad Thai have only been interrupted by the vivid memories of the fantastic pineapple, onion and coconut sauce that came with the fish. So good!
The only low point of the night was the pulut hitam which we had for dessert. I found the coconut sauce on top of it too sweet and not a good complement to the dessert overall. Maybe it's an acquired taste?
The service was attentive but not intrusive.
(I really dislike it when waiters in some restaurants keep asking me how things are--like they have no confidence on what the kitchen turns out?)
The decor is a bit in the sparing side, yet it's welcoming. I liked the textured walls and the simply framed art in the walls. The colorful lampshades provide the only splash of color in the decor and this is a case where a little does go a long way.
I look forward to trying more dishes in Pinang's menu and think that it's definitely a place worth visiting.