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Malabar @ Darlinghurst

9.5/10
1591
1/274 Victoria Street, 2010 Darlinghurst (NSW)See map

Average price $45

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Restaurant menu

Chef Mohammed Sali
  • Average price $45
    Special request
  • American express Welcome
Garlic Pepper Rasam
$7.5
South indian soup based on fresh tamatoes and tamarind, flavored with whole garlic, pepper and curry leaves
Cauliflower & Potatoes Bonda 3pcs
$11
cauliflower florettes mixed with spicy potato, fresh coriander and chopped red onion
Spinach Chaat Served Chilled
$15
Chickpea coated baby spinach leaves drizzled in yoghurt, daye & tamarind chutney, fresh cariander and indian sev

Dietary options

, Gluten free, Halal,

User photos

Vegan butter chicken, paratha and railway  chicken

Ratings & Reviews

Excellent

9.5/10
based on 1591 reviews
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Quality of food :9.6/10
Service :9.5/10
Setting :9.4/10
  1. Kym H.
    Kym H.
    • one review
    10/10

    Beautiful food and very accommodating with gluten free options, the banquet was a huge amount of food, delicious and high quality, service was excellent.

  2. Karen T.
    Karen T.
    • one review
    10/10

    We’ve been going to the restaurant for the last 10 years. Always amazing, the best Indian food in Australia we’ve tried everywhere nothing comes even close. Amazing wine to!

  3. Melanie H.
    Melanie H.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Excellent customer service, we asked for something not even on the menu and they were happy to make it! Delicious, nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommend this place.

  4. Prashant A.
    Prashant A.
    • one review
    9/10

    Never disappoints! Authentic south Indian experience in Sydney. Food is amazing with friendly service. Look forward to our next outing. 5 stars

  5. Rahul S.
    Rahul S.
    • 13 reviews
    10/10

    Great South Indian food. Consistently good.

  6. Debra F.
    Debra F.
    • one review
    10/10

    Best Indian in Sydney hands down! Been there over 15 times never had a bad meal. Mohammed runs a very very tight ship. We will be back again and again and again

  7. Hugh Malcolm R.
    Hugh Malcolm R.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    Malabar is the perfect restaurant. The food is full of flavour, with a range of dishes to suit everyone from hardcore Indian fans to people who think butter chicken is a bit spicy. The service is always warm and friendly. And the vibe in the restaurant is the same, full of people on dates, celebrating birthdays, and catching up with old friends. You know those restaurants where everything just works, and it feels like you have been going there your whole life? Malabar is one of those restaurants.

  8. Lee N.
    Lee N.
    • one review
    10/10

    Always excellent food, reasonable prices and great location. Emily is a most gracious and welcoming host and the staff are friendly and efficient, we come her regularly and are never disappointed.

  9. Danielle S.
    Danielle S.
    • 3 reviews
    9/10

    We've eaten here on many occasions and it is always very very good. They have wonderful specials and a lot of dishes you don't usually see in your typical Indian restaurant. Malabar is one of our favourite places to go for this cuisine.

  10. Jenny G.
    Jenny G.
    • 4 reviews
    10/10

    Love this restaurant, the food is amazing, the staff are brilliant, your not rushed out the door & are kept very well hydrated! It’s my favourite Indian restaurant in Sydney. I recommend it to everyone I know.

  11. Suzi D.
    Suzi D.
    • 11 reviews
    10/10

    The food, the ambience, the service, the staff - exceptional. Every single time we dine at Malabar, we have the best time. Thanks Mohammed and team!

  12. Jacqueline A.
    Jacqueline A.
    • 36 reviews
    8.5/10

    This restaurant is a wonderful asset to the Darlinghurst community. We have enjoyed ourselves every time we have stepped over the threshold and found ourselves transported to Southern India. There is a great atmosphere in this restaurant, warm and enveloping, and the service friendly but unobtrusive. The menu has all the old favourites of an Indian restaurant together with the regional specialities of Chef Mohamed. Whilst the restaurant is fully licensed, you may also byo wine for a reasonable corkage, a definite plus in this day and age where the bill for alcohol frequenty makes a visit to a restaurant an expensive occasion.

  13. Alan T.
    Alan T.
    • 8 reviews
    10/10

    Top quality food for excellent price. The place is also BYO. The menu is relatively small but every dish taste completely different. It is a nice food trip throught the different part of India Just make sure you book as it is always full. They also offer take way

  14. Lisa H.
    Lisa H.
    • one review
    10/10

    Lovely meal at a professionally run establishment with a great atmosphere. It was fantastic to try some different dishes from the normal Indian fare we’ve had at other restaurants. Delicious dosai and Moscow mules went down a treat!

  15. Allan K.
    Allan K.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    Good variety of food

  16. Jennifer G.
    Jennifer G.
    • one review
    10/10

    I love the ambience here. I can actually talk over dinner with friends, as there is just subtle music and subdued table talk. The added extra is that they allow BYO wine @ $4 per head. Excellent food, excellent value.

  17. Jaya M.
    Jaya M.
    • one review
    4/10

    This restaurant had great reviews hence booked it for a farewell dinner with friends. The starters were good but the mains were really disappointing. The prawn curry was so sweet and the vegetarian (Potato and eggplant curry) had no salt or spice. The food was overpriced for the quality provided. And to add to it the papad had hair strand in it, it is served for free in most of the Indian restaurants so paying and getting inferior quality of food, not worth it. Will never visit again.

  18. Richard D.
    Richard D.
    • one review
    10/10

    Excellent evening as always! Thank you guys! Your seafood banquet is the best.

  19. Miranda L.
    Miranda L.
    • 14 reviews
    8.5/10

    Food was great as per usual although the chicken special was not as tasty as we thought it might be. Service was excellent - it would be great to be able to order through the phone as well as viewing the menu online

  20. Mitch P.
    Mitch P.
    • 15 reviews
    10/10

    This is one our favourite restaurants in Sydney. The food is always delicious and the service is excellent. If you haven’t been then do yourself a favour and go!

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How to get to the restaurant

1/274 Victoria Street, 2010, Darlinghurst (NSW), Australia

Public transport

Kings Cross Station - 3 min walk

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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