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Malabar @ Darlinghurst

Average price $45
9.3/10
1,387 reviews

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  • Average price $45 Special request
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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 Cheat D. Served Chilled
$15

Chickpea coated baby spinach leaves drizzled in yoghurt, daye & tamarind chutney, fresh cariander and indian sev

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Ratings & Reviews

Excellent
9.3/10
based on 1387 reviews
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Quality of food :9.3/10
Service :9.3/10
Setting :9.2/10
  1. Mark J.
    Mark J.
    • 10 reviews
    10/10

    Fantastic food and service - highly recommend the goat mappas

  2. Sunil T.
    Sunil T.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    The food was well priced, nice portions and tasted really good. Dessert was not so sweet, compared other Indian restaurants, my wife and I have tried.

  3. Michael H.
    Michael H.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    Possibly the best Indian restaurant in Sydney.

  4. Geoff M.
    Geoff M.
    • one review
    10/10

    Over the many years my wife and I have been going to Malabar they have not disappointed. The food, the service and the atmosphere have been excellent on every visit. WRT the food, the flavours and spices of the dishes blend well to provide a wonderful mouth watering experience.

  5. David S.
    David S.
    • 9 reviews
    10/10

    Malabar is a fantastic restaurant. The food is always fresh and tasty, service friendly with very reasprices. Even the wine is good!

  6. Chage-wen Eddy C.
    Chage-wen Eddy C.
    • 3 reviews
    9/10

    The food was yummy and service was superb

  7. Josh N.
    Josh N.
    • 5 reviews
    9/10

    As always superb food of the highest quality. The value the banquet provides is great too. We’ll be back soon!

  8. Wayne S.
    Wayne S.
    • 14 reviews
    10/10

    Amazing food and great service, as always. One of the best Indian restaurants in Sydney . Highly recommended, well priced, good wine list and very good food

  9. David B.
    David B.
    • one review
    10/10

    Malabar is consistently good. Great food, friendly service & the photos on the walls of India long ago are completely captivating. Worth a visit for sure ????????

  10. Zoe K.
    Zoe K.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    Love love love, have been going for years! No complaints

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

    Malabar Darlinghurst was the first place my friends and I unanimously voted on to come back to, once we were permitted to go out again. We love everything about Malabar. The staff and chef Mohammad are world class and the food is always delicious. Last night we strayed from our usual and tried dishes we hadn’t ordered before. Amazing. I’ve been coming to Malabar for over 10 years and it is always top notch.

  12. Steven R.
    Steven R.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Consistently brilliant! The food is outstanding, the welcome always warm and the service friendly and efficient. Best Indian restaurant in Sydney.

  13. Danielle N.
    Danielle N.
    • 6 reviews
    10/10

    This was our first meal since restrictions have been lifted, and it was a perfect choice. Place was so clean and staff fully attentive! We got the spinach chaat to start which was the perfect opening for our mains! Delicious food and amazing recommendations from the staff, will be returning!

  14. Kerrie G.
    Kerrie G.
    • 2 reviews
    8/10

    Always fab food and service a lovely restaurant

  15. Alison H.
    Alison H.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Love this place. Food is always reliably good and excellent quality. Service is always welcoming and professional. What makes it special is that the restaurant is always immaculate. Old school white linen feels like your being wined and dined in style and tasteful modern cozy decor shows the restaurant continually evolves without losing sight of what makes it special to diners. Unlike many other successful eateries they haven’t killed the goose that lays the golden egg by raising prices to ridiculous levels either, which is why people will keep coming back again and again. Great business sense in action. Can’t speak highly enough of this restaurant and NO I haven’t been paid to write this review and I don’t know them personally on any level ????

  16. Poonam P.
    Poonam P.
    • 2 reviews
    9/10

    Beautiful ambience and great customer service. We had a veggie taali and a non veg Taali which was delightful- Food was good too :-) We be going back again.

  17. Andres S.
    Andres S.
    • one review
    10/10

    Excellent everything

  18. Colin H.
    Colin H.
    • one review
    10/10

    As always the food and service was excellent. Always busy so i would recommend booking ahead. Easy destination to get to. Definitely recommend!

  19. Christopher B.
    Christopher B.
    • 29 reviews
    10/10

    Best Indian restaurant in Sydney, classy, spontaneous service and the food to die for. Will be back

  20. Robert W.
    Robert W.
    • one review
    10/10

    I’m a meat lover but decided to go vegetarian for a night. What an absolute treat to enjoy such fantastic vegetarian food. The staff are very sweet.

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How to get to the restaurant

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