The Malaya

Average price $75
1,679 reviews

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Average price $75 Special request

The chef recommends...

Salt and Pepper Scampi

Scampi, lightly dusted with flour, deep-fried and tossed in fresh chilli, salt, cracked black pepper and shallots (20 minutes - subject to availability). 3 per serve

Otak Otak

White fish minced with chilli and spices, wrapped in a banana leaf and barbequed. 2 per serve

Satay Chicken

Singaporean style marinated pieces of chicken, skewered, barbequed and served with a satay sauce made from fresh peanuts and chilli. 4 per serve

Ratings & Reviews

based on 1679 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after making a booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Quality of food :9.3/10
Service :9/10
Setting :8.9/10
  1. Michael N.
    Michael N.
    • 22 reviews

    Sensational food, service and venue a great icon of Sydney.

  2. Ian F.
    Ian F.
    • 2 reviews

    The visitors from interstate were very impressed and vowed to return. Location can tend to be a little it noisy during busy tines.. Overall a very pleasant experience.

  3. Norm T.
    Norm T.
    • 2 reviews

    As good as ever!

  4. Kerrie C.
    Kerrie C.
    • 14 reviews

    The food is just fantastic, the service is excellent and the atmosphere is relaxing. Can’t wait to go back . This is one of my all time favourite restaurants in Sydney

  5. Adam W.
    Adam W.
    • one review

    The guys here went out of their way to help out with an allergy. Couldn't be more impressed. Amazing list of food and drinks on offer. Well done and thanks.

  6. Arta B.
    Arta B.
    • one review

    The quality of food was excellent. The dessert didn’t serve at the same time for all of our guest. We had to wait for at least 15 minutes for the last dessert which was displeased.

  7. Pascal A.
    Pascal A.
    • 6 reviews

    The Malaya is always outstanding quality of food and great location. All at the table were in agreement quality ingredients cooked perfectly. congrats on delivering consistency after so many years of success.

  8. Dorota A.
    Dorota A.
    • 4 reviews

    Lovely food and a great view. Would definitely go back. Just wish it wasn’t as loud, very difficult to have a conversation.

  9. Ian M.
    Ian M.
    • one review

    The food at this visit was just average or below. The services was rushed and it appeared they gave preference to larger table or this that looked like they would spend more money. I had to ask the waiter to return to confirm my drinks order and even after that it was till not correct.

  10. Jason S.
    Jason S.
    • 2 reviews

    I have been wanting to go to this restaurant for a long time and I was not disappointed. Everything about it - staff, location, food - was amazing. I’m glad I made the effort to finally go

  11. James L.
    James L.
    • one review

    Fantastic meal. Food was of excellent quality, and service was spotless. Highly recommend!

  12. Graham L.
    Graham L.
    • 2 reviews

    Excellent food. Very tasty curries and great use of herbs and spices. The venue is a bit noisy but this is a minor issue when the food is so good. Would strongly recommend.

  13. Martin B.
    Martin B.
    • 2 reviews

    Delicious food, banquet was perfect size. Highly Recommend.

  14. Derek S.
    Derek S.
    • 3 reviews

    It was my first visit to this Resturant and he Food was really good and service overall was great, we did not have to wait long for any dishes. Portions of meals were good and pricing fair. I will be visiting again.

  15. Julie L.
    Julie L.
    • one review

    Food service would be better, all our dishes came so quickly there's no room on the table with oue matching glasses everywhere, don't know which wine go with which dish.

  16. Agung p.
    Agung p.
    • 6 reviews

    We were disappointed with the service. The waiter was rough in his movement taking off the plates, putting the plate / glasses. His questions seem not sincere like how was the food etc. The restaurant looks like a tourist trap, too industrial, no personalization no customer service. The price was expensive compared to the quality of the food and the service. We were happy to leave the restaurant.

  17. Peter o.
    Peter o.
    • one review

    Really great service and lovely staff

  18. Melissa m.
    Melissa m.
    • 2 reviews

    The Malaya never fails. The service was friendly and the food was excellent The eggplant was the dish of the day! I love this place and will keep coming back for more

  19. Andrew D.
    Andrew D.
    • 7 reviews

    A restaurant that is very consistent across their beautiful food , service and general ambience. While it was an extremely busy , the service was good.

  20. Phil C.
    Phil C.
    • 3 reviews

    We're regulars, albeit always too long since last visit! Always fantastic, never disappoints, food flavours are fantastic! Will hopefully be back again soon!

More information

How to get to the restaurant

39 Lime Street, 2000, Sydney, Australia

About the restaurant

A night of spice...

For over 50 years, The Malaya has been serving up dishes that test taste buds with authentic spicy dishes based on traditional south east Asian cuisine. And judging from the groups of corporate diners and holidaygoers who crowd the Malaya's steeland-glass interiors day after day, they are clearly doing something right. Think you can handle chilli? See how spiceresistant you really are by putting your palate to the test with the 'extra hot' sambal. Located in Darling Harbour, the restaurant not only promises astonishing food but stunning sweeping waterviews in a contemporary and welcoming setting. Signature dishes include the spanner crab san choy bow for entrée and the delicious Duck Perchik for main. No matter what you choose you’re in for a real treat when you dine at The Malaya.

Best dish: Duck Perchik


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