What

What

Where

Where

Indian

Malabar @ Crows Nest

Average price $45
8.7/10
436 reviews

Simple booking

Simple booking

Free serviceInstant booking

Restaurant menu

Average price $45 Special request

The chef recommends...

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

Ratings & Reviews

Fabulous
8.7/10
based on 436 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after making a booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Quality of food :8.9/10
Service :8.9/10
Setting :8.2/10
  1. Ashley G.
    Ashley G.
    • one review
    10/10

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

  2. Antoinette D.
    Antoinette D.
    • one review
    10/10

    Staff attentive, food was delicious!

  3. Rohit K.
    Rohit K.
    • 5 reviews
    9.5/10

    One of the most consistent indian restaurants in Sydney.

  4. John L.
    John L.
    • 3 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

  5. Mary B.
    Mary B.
    • 19 reviews
    10/10

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

  6. Astrid M.
    Astrid M.
    • 8 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

  7. Abhishek B.
    Abhishek B.
    • 33 reviews
    9.5/10

    Excellent food, good service

  8. Tim S.
    Tim S.
    • 18 reviews
    9.5/10

    The staff were very welcoming when we arrived and then were extremely attentive, without being intrusive, while we enjoyed our meal. It was worth the visit just for the Dosa!

  9. Clint H.
    Clint H.
    • one review
    9/10

    Malabar used to be our regular when we lived in North Sydney and we were pleased to report that 14 years later it is still every bit as good as we remembered it. The service was prompt and polite and the food appeared almost instantaneously. The Dosa are still our favourites and the palak paneer some of the best we have had, with the cheese not hard and rubbery like so often it is. Will definitely return, hopefully sooner than another 14 years!

  10. Melissa K.
    Melissa K.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    Great local!

  11. Karan G.
    Karan G.
    • 4 reviews
    7/10

    Good dosa decent food

  12. Mia F.
    Mia F.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    We are here for dinner last night and the food was delicious, we have the potato & beef dosai for starter and it's was delicious. The main was also delicious, service was great and will definitely come again. Thank you

  13. Jason L.
    Jason L.
    • 5 reviews
    10/10

    Excellent food. Great service. Staff are so nice!

  14. Ritika  S.
    Ritika S.
    • one review
    10/10

    Visited restaurant after approximately 18 years and so nice to see that standards have not dropped. Manager Shiva gave us his undivided attention, food was fab. Highly recommended.

  15. Kevin R.
    Kevin R.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Really enjoyed the meal I had with three friends. We had 3 mains, rice, 3 lots of Naan bread, papadums and a couple of accompaniments. We were full. Quality of the food was great and we were looked after. There was a function upstairs that did distract the waiters at times, but we all agreed that we'd be more than happy to go back. It was great.

  16. Pankaj S.
    Pankaj S.
    • 2 reviews
    5.75/10

    It was good experience but way too costly

  17. Sian D.
    Sian D.
    • 5 reviews
    9.5/10

    Great food and good service

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 258 reviews
    8.75/10

    Attentive service and great food

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 258 reviews
    7.25/10

    Interesting tasty food, very good & friendly service

  20. Lisa N.
    Lisa N.
    • 29 reviews
    8.5/10

    Consistently good

More information

How to get to the restaurant

334 Pacific Highway, 2065, Crows Nest, 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

Features

Restaurants around Malabar @ Crows Nest

WaazWaan

Crows Nest

$35 average price

Score:8.9 580 reviews

-50%Accepts Yums

Crows Nest

$45 average price

Score:8.4 234 reviews

-30%

Crows Nest

$20 average price

Score:8.8 120 reviews

Crows Nest

$35 average price

Score:8.7 58 reviews

Crows Nest

$20 average price

Score:8.8 95 reviews

Crows Nest

Score:7.8 3 reviews

Crows Nest

$54 average price

Score:8.4 31 reviews

Crows Nest

$20 average price

Score:8.4 173 reviews

MENU

Crows Nest

$20 average price

Score:7.5 160 reviews

Crows Nest

$35 average price

Score:9 106 reviews

Free serviceInstant booking