Madras New Woodlands

Overall rating: 3.5 stars 12 Reviews
Vegetarian restaurant serving South Indian food. Has outside counter with all kinds of Indian sweets. Serves breakfast from 8:30am-11:30am, lunch from 11:30am-4pm and dinner from 4pm-10pm. Serves breakfast from 8:30am-11:30am, lunch from 11:30am-4pm and dinner from 4pm-10pm. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Lacto, Indian
60 Lebuh Penang (/near corner of Lebuh China)
Penang, Malaysia 10200
04-2639764
Closed now

Mon-Sun 8:30am-10:00pm

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First Review by lthemanz
Olive_Twist
Olive_Twist
  • vegetarian
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+29

Great food

4
Posted on 08 / 25 / 2014

I lived in Penang for a while and my lady and I would go here about once every two weeks, any more you you'd just get too fat. The food is authentic, oily, fried, cheesy stuff. The people who are complaining about it were probably expecting westernized Indian food. The Biriyani was pretty much always good, as was the Aloo Gobi. The Paneer Chili fry was good about half the time. The lunch tali is a great thing and the "butter milk" is also something you should try if you have never had it.

They have a large menu and they get quite busy on the weekends in the evenings. The staff is prompt and not rude. Again people complaining about them want a waiter who comes up and makes you feel good. These people are there to bring you your food.

Price wise it's one of the cheapest places around. For 3 dishes, some naan, some somasas and drinks, you should expect to pay around 27rm or 8usd (total).

If you are in Penang and want something Indian, find this place.

Pros: Greaf Food, Cheep, Easy to find
Cons: Some items are hit or miss.
eatinggreen
eatinggreen
  • vegetarian
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+315

Best lunch and snacks in Penang...

5
Posted on 06 / 08 / 2014

The first time we visited Woodlands we hated it. Now we go there at least twice per day every time we visit Penang, which we do every 3-4 months.

To enjoy this place you have to know what to order and what to expect. This is no organic raw food haven so throw those dreams away. You won't get your hit of green juice here. What you will get is tasty, authentic South Indian food and a full on cultural experience.

Avoid the curries sold as main meals on their own, they never fail to disappoint. Instead, go for the South Indian snacks - a paper dosa is a fun experience, but also try other small bites such as the idly, poori, uttapam and anything else you can find in similar sections of the menu.

For lunch you can't go past their thali, a balanced meal of several curries, soups, rice, papadums and other various condiments. Consider ordering a chapati bread with it and afterwards, be sure to wash it all down with a masala tea (ask for less sugar).

Not everything is available at all times of the day. The thali meals are from noon until 4pm. Snacks are until midday and in the evenings after 5pm. We don't go for dinner time, it's not their strong point.

There is quite a bit of variation in the taste of the chutneys etc - they are never awful but can be average. If you're in luck though they'll be absolutely fabulous. This is our fave stop in Penang, hands down.

Updated from previous review on Wednesday September 21, 2011

For the sake of the record, my original review was:

Every taxi driver seems to know and recommend this place as soon as they hear you are vegetarian. We only tried their dosas and one curry but weren't exactly blown away. The dosas were quite oily and the sauces nothing special to speak of. The one curry we did order (chana masala) was pretty poor - so much so that it was left on the table uneaten. Can't see us racing back, even though it is one of only 2 pure veg indian restaurants that we are aware of in Penang.

One thing though - the colourful clientele made for an interesting setting, although judging by their reactions they were just as intrigued in us as we were in them ;)

Pros: All vegetarian, authentic indian , Great snacks and thalis
Cons: A la carte main meal items aren't great, Can be oily
Neeruam
Neeruam
  • vegetarian
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+60

Ok

3
Posted on 05 / 10 / 2014

I had lunch there, and took a Sambar Vadai and Oignons Pakoras. Everything tasted great, which suprised me because it was cheap.

I also had a mango lassi, but they put too much water on it, so I don't recommend.

The staff was a little bit cold.

Pros: Cheap and good food, Good location
Cons: Staff quite cold, Don"t take the lassi

veggiebubble
veggiebubble
  • vegetarian
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+61

Worth a visit!

4
Posted on 01 / 10 / 2014

I'm surprised by the negative reviews of this place. I've been twice now and found it to be clean with helpful/friendly staff and most importantly tasty food! It was busy with locals both times that I went. I'll definitely be going back!

Pros: Clean, Good food, Cheap
Richard Myers
Richard Myers
  • vegan
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+187

Seems popular with the locals

2
Posted on 11 / 23 / 2013

Not sure if it was Saturday night that made the restaurant busy but busy it was. Usually, I eat all of the vegan food put before me but not on this occasion. We ordered three dishes but found the food cooked in too much oil and not particularly good.
Our server was pleasant and made sure the food was vegan. One big plus was that the restaurant was air conditioned.

Pros: Air conditioned, Helpful staff
Cons: Food was not great
a112
a112
  • raw
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+88

typical indian food

2
Posted on 05 / 10 / 2013

Do not order fresh juice - it is half water.
Dosa (rice crepe) was great, chutneys not spicy.


Cons: cheating with juices
Fifi La Purr
Fifi La Purr
  • vegan
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+35

Awful!

2
Posted on 11 / 13 / 2011

Had a meal at Woodlands about a year ago & has to be said it wasn't great but eternally hopeful people that we are, thought we'd give it another go. Food awful, channa was under cooked, cold and no idea what they were trying to attempt with the sauce. The onion kulcha was well, not an onion kulcha and paneer dish consisted mainly of raw (but shouldn't have been) onions. Food got sent back and personally if you fancy a spot of pure veg indian, i'd nip just over the road, chaotic but much nicer


Cons: Awful food, indifferent service
ScotVeg
ScotVeg
  • vegetarian
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+16

Very nice

4
Posted on 08 / 15 / 2011

Jolly tasty meal in a busy place with all sorts of people


Ianthewander
Ianthewander
  • vegetarian
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+120

First time here, May 2011

4
Posted on 05 / 25 / 2011

Found the restaurant while wandering through Little India, and entered. The food was good, low cost, and tasty (did I already say that). I can add pleasantly spicy. Recommended.

Pros: Taste, drinks, quick service
Cons: Not overly visible on the street.
Petesternz
Petesternz
  • vegan
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+665

Very disappointing

2
Posted on 01 / 14 / 2009

We were looking forward to our visit to this restaurant, but we came away disappointed. The food was average, at best. The vegetarian thali was truly nothing special, and the food had none of the spice necessary to bring it to life. We also ordered an aloo gobi that was greasy and lacking flavour. Finally, the juice was absolutely awful, essentially being water with colour. After our time in KL at the beautiful Bukit Woodlands, this unrelated imposter really lacked sizzle.


cutejams2004
cutejams2004
  • vegan
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+19

tasty but expensive

4
Posted on 08 / 27 / 2008

tasty indian food..can be crowded at times..nice decor and cozy restaurant


lthemanz
lthemanz
  • non-vegetarian
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+7

Woodlands Pani Puri

4
Posted on 10 / 17 / 2007

This would be one of the better veg restaurant. The only and quite good Pani Puri that I know of in Penang.
They have Pani Puri, Shev Puri, Bhel Puri and a few other snacks.

Pani Puri literally means Water in a Crispy Fried Dough. Pani is a Hindi word for Water, and Puri is somewhat like a 'fried chapati'.

http://makan2food.blogspot.com/2007/03/madras-new-woodlands-pani-puri.html

Pros: tasty, hard to find elsewhere, decently priced
Cons: sometimes waiter not friendly

 

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