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Malabar @ Crows Nest

Average price $45
8.7/10
412 reviews

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Scores & Reviews

Fabulous
8.7/10
based on 412 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :8.8/10
Service :8.9/10
Setting :8.2/10
  1. Melissa K.
    Melissa K.
    • one review
    10/10

    Great local!

  2. 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

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

    Excellent food. Great service. Staff are so nice!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

    It was good experience but way too costly

  7. Sian D.
    Sian D.
    • 3 reviews
    9.5/10

    Great food and good service

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

    Attentive service and great food

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

    Interesting tasty food, very good & friendly service

  10. Lisa N.
    Lisa N.
    • 27 reviews
    8.5/10

    Consistently good

  11. A A.
    A A.
    • 259 reviews
    7.75/10

    Love that its BYO and also consistently good. Finally on this visit found a favourite spinach dish from when I was in India - that will become a regular order now!

  12. A A.
    A A.
    • 260 reviews
    8.75/10

    The dhosas are superb! Love the food - very busy and noisy - seems to attract large groups so not that great for couples seeking a quiet dinner. But despite the noise I would go for the food.

  13. A A.
    A A.
    • 272 reviews
    9.5/10

    The food and service were incredible, some of the best Indian I’ve eaten in a long time. Will definitely return.

  14. A A.
    A A.
    • 262 reviews
    10/10

    consistently good!

  15. A A.
    A A.
    • 257 reviews
    9/10

    The Dosas are the best! Always efficient and kind service.

  16. Peter M.
    Peter M.
    • 8 reviews
    8/10

    Consistently good quality food and service

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 272 reviews
    8.75/10

    One of the best Indian restaraunt around

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 292 reviews
    8/10

    Number 1 Indian restaurant in Crows Nest

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 259 reviews
    9.25/10

    One of my long time favourites. Always friendly service and the food was tasty as usual.

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 284 reviews
    8.75/10

    Excellent food and great, friendly service

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

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