With numerous reviews about its good food and bargain prices, I was very much looking forward to trying Malaysia Kopitiam, 1827 M St, in DC. A major disappointment in food quality and taste and price! There are still reviews/summaries on the Web that claim it is a Best Bargain and Top 100 restaurant. All I can figure is that maybe it was, years ago. With the billboard review in front being from the year 2000 or so, I should have been more cautious.
Prices were no bargain. My wife and I shared 2 entrees, Chicken Rendang ($13) and the Spicy Tamarind Beef ($16). But worse, the meals were, bluntly, terrible. Each tasted as if it had been made last week and reheated a dozen times since. The beef was particularly tough and dry. The chicken very dry as well. With fresher ingredients, both entrees still would have been mediocre at best.
Since there are still some favorable recent reviews on the boards, maybe we hit a particularly bad time. We were unfashionably early (5 PM) on a Saturday evening. But surely any good restaurant knows what it is serving, and the meals we had convinced me this was a restaurant living on old laurels, with no cares of repeat customers.
Too many other restaurants in the area to consider any return tries to this one.