Malaysia Kopitiam

1827 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20036


Neighborhood: Dupont Circle, Downtown

Cuisines: Malaysian/Indonesian

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 10, Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 11, Sunday noon to 10.

Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle, Farragut North

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Needed


Best Dishes:
Green mango and squid salad; po pia, spring rolls; chicken satay; curry puffs; stuffed lotus root; roti canai; stir-fried watercress with fermented tofu; skate in curry sauce.

Dirt Cheap Eats 2007: Malaysia Kopitiam

Lunch & Dinner Feasts

In a sea of high-ticket lunch and dinner choices downtown, Malaysia Kopitiam is an island of affordability. Dishes are meant to be shared, and low prices make this subterranean hideaway, with its decorative Buddhas and tiki roofs, popular with office groups.

Sharable picks on the big menu include spicy tamarind beef with okra ($13.95), lotus root stuffed with chicken and shrimp ($10.95), and roti canai ($4.50)—a lush chicken curry with flatbread for dipping. Affable owner Leslie Phoon is usually on hand to help put together a bargain feast.