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Malabar @ Darlinghurst

Average price $45
9.1/10
1,179 reviews

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Scores & Reviews

Excellent
9.1/10
based on 1179 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :9.1/10
Service :9.2/10
Setting :9/10
  1. Karen  K.
    Karen K.
    • 2 reviews
    9/10

    All our food was excellent very tasty okra/vegetable curry/chicken tikis/spinach chat/chops/lamb roganjosh delicious not greasy & fresh hot. Service was very efficient. Will definitely be back

  2. Glenn P.
    Glenn P.
    • 5 reviews
    9/10

    Naan was undercooked but rest of meal was delicious.

  3. Cheryl W.
    Cheryl W.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    Can not beat Malabar for an awesome and authentic Indian meal

  4. Robyn S.
    Robyn S.
    • 2 reviews
    5/10

    Vegan butter chicken had a weird sweet taste. The actual texture of the large lumps of "chicken" was also weird and not tasty. Other food (fish curry) good.

  5. Jennifer H.
    Jennifer H.
    • one review
    10/10

    Food was delicious - really enjoyed the lentil and vegan butter chicken curries in particular. The garlic and coriander naan and the aloo kulcha were also great - I preferred these over the garlic and cheese naan. Loved the bangalore dosai as well. In short - you can't go wrong with any of the dishes! A little pricier than my usual casual meal out with friends but the food was excellent. Recommend!

  6. Cathy H.
    Cathy H.
    • 15 reviews
    10/10

    For the other Brits missing a decent curry, this place has the best curry in Sydney!

  7. Liam B.
    Liam B.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    I’ve been to Malabar lots of times. Every time, it’s reliably excellent. The food is fantastic, the service is particularly on point, and the ambience really makes for a fun night. We thoroughly recommend Malabar

  8. Jacqueline A.
    Jacqueline A.
    • 24 reviews
    9/10

    This restaurant ticks all the boxes for an enjoyable dining experience. It never fails to deliver. I would rate Malabar the best local gem in Darlinghurst.

  9. Jean-Claude N.
    Jean-Claude N.
    • one review
    10/10

    As always excellent food and great service

  10. Greg L.
    Greg L.
    • one review
    9/10

    Our first time and very happy with service and food. The only disappointment was the Kerala Parotta...nothing like the fluffy light delight in Kerala, India.

  11. Miranda L.
    Miranda L.
    • 4 reviews
    9/10

    Food was great as always although portions are a little on the small side and depending on where you sit service can be a tiny bit slower (we were right up the back). Mixed pickle is our favourite side dish although recently seems to be coming out with some of the mango stones

  12. Glenn P.
    Glenn P.
    • 5 reviews
    10/10

    Excellent as always - beautiful food.

  13. Tony M.
    Tony M.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    Always great food & service

  14. Andrew B.
    Andrew B.
    • one review
    10/10

    Brilliant as always, our favourite restaurant in Sydney. Great room, great service, excellent food. Always packed (for good reason) and a good selection of daily specials.

  15. Tansyn P.
    Tansyn P.
    • 5 reviews
    10/10

    Wonderful as always

  16. Oliver B.
    Oliver B.
    • 7 reviews
    10/10

    Awesome- neighbourhood gem. Always busy with a great atmosphere. Food is top notch and service is great. Can’t fault it. We come as often as we can

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 270 reviews
    9/10

    Goat curry is superb

  18. Matt M.
    Matt M.
    • 66 reviews
    8.5/10

    Always amazing value. Large serves means that smaller dishes are a great way to dine unless really hungry. Good range of drinks but BYO a real plus.

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 283 reviews
    9/10

    Marvellous as always.

  20. Ian R.
    Ian R.
    • one review
    8/10

    Malabar is a constant. Always reliable, always welcoming, always excellent food standards and ingredients. It's also BYO. Malabar is our go-to Indian restaurant in the east.

More information

How to get to the restaurant

1/274 Victoria Street, 2010, Darlinghurst, Australia

Directions to get there

Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Sydney City

About the restaurant

Follow the Spice Trail.

The Malabar restaurants (there is one in Darlinghurst and also Crows Nest) takes its name from the Kerala region, known for its Indian spices such as pepper, cardamom, ginger, curry leaves and vanilla. This was the beginning of the famous Spice Trail, which went on to bring exotic flavours to every corner of the Earth. Today, that’s what Malabar Darlinghurst aims to do: show diners a real taste of South Indian cuisine. With over 22 years of experience, owner and chef Mohammed Sali personally picks all his ingredients daily, peeling onions, slicing beef and grounding spices all by hand. Mohammed’s creations are fragrant, filling and, as expected, spicy! You’ll find dosai (a crepe-style speciality) on almost every table, alongside a glass of creamy mango lassi and a basket of crisp golden naan. The décor matches the food – classic with a modern twist. It’s a fresh-feeling atmosphere, after the restaurant moved a few doors down in December. Malabar Darlinghurst: food fit for a maharajah!

Best dish: Chemeen Paringikai dosai.

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