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Malabar @ Crows Nest

Average price $45
8.9/10
474 reviews

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Garlic pepper rasam
$7.5

South Indian soup based on fresh tomatoes and tamarind, flavored with whole garlic, pepper, mustard seeds and curry leave

Patti samosa 2 pcs (G)
$8.5

Thin pastry triangles filled with baby green peas and potatoes

Onion bhaji 4 pcs (G)
$10.5

Onion fritters with gram flour, chilli and garlic

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Ratings & Reviews

Fabulous
8.9/10
based on 474 reviews
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Quality of food :9.1/10
Service :9/10
Setting :8.4/10
  1. Tina D.
    Tina D.
    • 66 reviews
    8/10

    The staff are very professional and friendly and the food is consistently good. It's a nice place to go for dinner and is a regular on our list of places to go.

  2. Gina P.
    Gina P.
    • 6 reviews
    8.5/10

    The food is always great here, we went for the $45.00 banquet which was a good deal. They also do BYO. The only thing was we were near the front door and our service was a little average ie. had to ask for the waiter after half an hour of sitting but still didnt spoil the night. Buzzy busy atmosphere

  3. Tory M.
    Tory M.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Always delicious

  4. Kate R.
    Kate R.
    • one review
    10/10

    Been going to this lovely Indian restaurant for years. Always excellent service, reasonable pricing and yummy food. Never disappoints. Best Indian restaurant north of the bridge.

  5. Kathy C.
    Kathy C.
    • 2 reviews
    8/10

    Friendly and attentive staff. Highly recommend the special fish of the day, goat curry and spinach chaat. Best dosai and naan bread in Sydney! Will be back soon....

  6. Jacqui M.
    Jacqui M.
    • 2 reviews
    9.5/10

    Hadn't visited this restaurant in a few years but found it to be just as good as we remembered. Love the masala dosa, but everything is very tasty.

  7. Elen V.
    Elen V.
    • 13 reviews
    7.5/10

    Clearly a popular restaurant as it was packed. Love that you can BYO wine. One of the better Indian restaurants in the area.

  8. Brendan K.
    Brendan K.
    • one review
    9/10

    Delicious Indian cuisine. I’ve eaten food throughout India and this is as good as anywhere There including an excellent restaurant in New Delhi.

  9. Tor d.
    Tor d.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    I have been coming to this establishment for some years. It is consistently good. Their speciality is Dosai, the chickpea crepe with a variety of fillings. There a la carte dishes are good and reasonably priced.

  10. Belinda F.
    Belinda F.
    • one review
    8/10

    Food was excellent as always but we were put down the back under the air con which was quite cold and when asked for it to be put up it didn’t seem to make a difference! Service was a bit hit & miss as the restaurant was very busy ie. we got the rice about 10mins after the curries were delivered! In saying that we would probably come back because the food is good!

  11. Astrid M.
    Astrid M.
    • 11 reviews
    10/10

    As always Malabar never disappoints staff ,service and food are five stars , they really couldn’t do enough for us , we never felt rushed in this comfortable restaurant can’t wait to go back - I have been coming for years and the dosai is amazing thank you for making my partners birthday complete

  12. Charlene V.
    Charlene V.
    • 2 reviews
    9/10

    Food was excellent!

  13. Ingrid M.
    Ingrid M.
    • 6 reviews
    9/10

    A neighbourhood gem, which we always enjoy. Delicious fresh ingredients with the most amazing flavours. The staff are always friendly & professional. Will be back again !!

  14. Ashley G.
    Ashley G.
    • one review
    10/10

    Excellent service, presentation and food. Malabar Banquet highly recommended.

  15. Antoinette D.
    Antoinette D.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Staff attentive, food was delicious!

  16. Rohit K.
    Rohit K.
    • 6 reviews
    9.5/10

    One of the most consistent indian restaurants in Sydney.

  17. John L.
    John L.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    A family favourite restaurant that never fails to please. Carpet on the floor and hangings on the walls reduce the clamour normally associated with a busy and popular restaurant

  18. Mary B.
    Mary B.
    • 21 reviews
    10/10

    Loved the meal as always and had great service...this is why we keep coming back again and again....

  19. Astrid M.
    Astrid M.
    • 11 reviews
    10/10

    The head wait staff was very understanding regarding my daughters allergies and worked out our dishes Fabulous fast service delicious food the Kerala beef was amazing

  20. Abhishek B.
    Abhishek B.
    • 35 reviews
    9.5/10

    Excellent food, good service

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How to get to the restaurant

334 Pacific Highway, 2065, Crows Nest (NSW), Australia

Directions to get there

Crows Nest, Lower North Shore, St Leonards

About the restaurant

Smell the spices

The Malabar restaurants (you can find one in Darlinghurst as well) take their name from the Kerala region, known for its Indian spices such as pepper, cardamon, ginger, curry leaves and vanilla. This was the start of the famous Spice Trail, which went on to bring exotic flavours to every corner of the Earth. Today, that’s what Malabar aims to do: show diners a real taste of South Indian cuisine. Owner and chef, Mohammed Sali has had 22 years of experience and continues to personally pick all of his ingredients daily; peeling onions, slicing beef and grounding spices by hand. Mohammed’s creations are fragrant, filling and, as expected, spicy!

Dosai’s (crepe-style specialties) can be found on almost every table, along with a glass of creamy mango lassi, that other diners use to wash down the heat! You’ll also spy the happiness on children’s faces when they smell the garlic naan coming their way.

Best dish: bangalore dosai - hand-mashed potatoes sprinkled with chilli, sesame seed and coconut flakes

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