The Malaya

Average price $75
1,560 reviews

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Scores & Reviews

based on 1560 reviews
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Food :9.2/10
Service :9/10
Setting :8.8/10
  1. Richard H.
    • one review

    We've held dinners here recently for 5,6 and 8. The bookings are easy, the staff are helpful, capable and very obliging, the food is delicious and varied, the spacing in and views from the restaurant are great. The $71 menu provides satays, vegetarian dishes, beef, chicken, prawns, delightful spices and textures. The wine list is nicely varied (though only 2 Sauv Blancs) and all guests have been delighted. For a smaller group, there are plenty of great and affordable choices. Parking is a drag, as Sydney becomes increasingly unfriendly to cars, and the mobs of distracted and inattentive taxis in narrow roads are frustrating to the extreme. That is the only negative, really, in a wonderful dining experience.

  2. Ethan M.
    • one review

    Great food, pretty stunning views and overall a great night!

  3. Julian D.
    • one review

    The Malaya is the standard by which I measure all other Malaysian restaurants, I have been visiting it for over 20 years in its various locations the latest one in King St Wharf (Lime St) is more upmarket but worth it for the location and the atmosphere with the same great food.

  4. Shamila R.
    • 6 reviews

    The good old menu item Otak Otak entree was excellent even the vegetarian option was lovely. Enjoyed kapitan prawns and black pepper chicken . Vegetarian eggplant was delicious. Service was good .

  5. Leah O.
    • 10 reviews

    Malaya is my go to restaurant whether it is awesome food, atmosphere as it never fails to impress. My personal favourite is the Schezwan Eggplant.

  6. A A.
    • 264 reviews

    Great food and very authentic

  7. Angela F.
    • one review

    Staff were welcoming and atmosphere was great. Food was delicious, but there was a bit of a wait between entree and main being served. Other than that, we had a great night.

  8. Mathew B.
    • 2 reviews

    Always great. Fast, hot, tasty and the staff are so friendly and welcoming. They were very accommodating to guests with dietary requirements and didn't rush us out the door

  9. Mathew B.
    • 2 reviews

    Always very good here. Always. High quality service, food, atmosphere.

  10. A A.
    • 242 reviews

    Delicious food, good atmosphere, but quite noisy. Service was good overall, but there was a long wait between entree & main.

  11. A A.
    • 260 reviews

    We went there for our birthday dinner as we heard very nice reviews and recommendation from friends. We are so happy we went there, all the food was beautiful except affogato which was different from our expectation. We will definitely go back again to try other dishes!

  12. Mary-Ellen T.
    • 13 reviews

    The Malaya is a family favourite with my husband coming to this Malaya and two previous venues for over 35 years! The prawn sambal is his favourite dish despite being told every time that it is upper hot! It is super hot but unbelievably tasty. The beer or wine helps to ease the spicy sweats! We cannot fault this amazing restaurant and it's authentic food. Always a pleasure!

  13. Caroline S.
    • one review

    Lovely and enjoyable experience with business colleagues who thoroughly enjoyed the experience as well.

  14. Mary-Ellen T.
    • 13 reviews

    Fabulous as always! Love, love the food at The Malaya. The prawn sambal is as spicy as ever and the rest of the menu is so, so good! Delicious!! The service was a little mixed last night but those of excellence balance those that were lacking a little.

  15. A A.
    • 257 reviews

    I found it was rather loud and difficult to hear the conversation at my table.

  16. A A.
    • 287 reviews

    Great service and view, food could be better though.

  17. Pamela L.
    • one review

    This is a very well run and efficient restaurant which well and truly understands the importance of service

  18. Bernard N.
    • 4 reviews

    The chilli chicken wings & Kapitan prawns are absolutely the best!!!

  19. A A.
    • 292 reviews

    This is our Favourite restaurant in Sydney. We have been coming for years and the food and service is always consistent- fabulous and delicious. We are always well looked after. Sarath and his team always serving with a smile and can never do enough. Whether we eat in or takeaway, the flavors are always amazing. Love coming to Sydney just so we can eat at The Malaya.

  20. Maureen V.
    • 16 reviews

    The food is absolutely delicious, has one of the best wine lists around and the service is absolutely exceptional. My request for a table along the windows was granted and made for perfect evening.

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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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