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The Malaya

39 Lime Street, 2000 Sydney (NSW)See map

Average price $75

Set Menu 65AUD

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We will also require credit card details for all reservations. The card will be charged the equivalent cost of our set menu per person only if less than 24 hours notice is given for cancellation or reduction in numbers. Dinner reservations will be available at either 5:30, vacating at 7:15pm, 6.30pm vacating at 8.15pm or from 7:30pm onwards. We are offering a set menu with a degree of choices available so that you can enjoy some of your favourite dishes. Drinks not included. Available on the booked timeslot.

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Chef Siang Joo Yeo
  • Average price $75
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  • American express Welcome
Prawn Laksa
An old Malaya favourite. Rice vermicelli and beansprouts topped with prawns, served in a spicy milk soup, garnished with tofu, dry onion, shallots, coriander and finished with Malaya Laksa chilli
Singapore Curry Fish
Authentic Singaporean style curry made with tomato and eggplant. Medium hot (20 minutes)
Kapitan Chicken
Penang Style curry sauce made with fresh chilli and coconut milk served with lightly battered pieces of chicken thigh fillet. (Can be made without batter on request)
Set Menu 65AUD
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Prawns Salt and pepper

Ratings & Reviews


based on 1768 reviews
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Quality of food :9.5/10
Service :9.1/10
Setting :8.8/10
  1. Claudia B.
    Claudia B.
    • 3 reviews

    What a treat! Enjoying the view on a sunny Sydney day over a wonderful meal. Food cooked to perfection and was really flavoursome. Mocktails were divine. Whole family thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at the Malaya. Will definitely come again.

  2. Rafik R.
    Rafik R.
    • 7 reviews

    The Malaya is one of our favourite Sydney restaurant of all time. Thankfully it is still open despite COVID closing a lot of other restaurants. Social distancing and sensitisation as you walk in is well observed. But the cuisine is just so good.

  3. Linen S.
    Linen S.
    • 3 reviews

    The food was amazing and come in generous portion. We did the 65pp menu and got 7 dishes. Great value. Service was great. Staff very attentive and polite.

  4. Monica C.
    Monica C.
    • 8 reviews

    The Malaya was a great restaurant in the past, it’s certainly gone downhill. The flavors are no longer complex or authentic. The food reminded me of mass produced flavors from a bottle, some dishes actually tasted identical, the salt and pepper prawns were coated in a thick RSL club style batter, the chicken was very chewy and gelatinous.

  5. Rita P.
    Rita P.
    • 11 reviews

    Always great food

  6. Alan W.
    Alan W.
    • one review

    The Malaya is always a treat from the moment you walk in. The food is magnificent, in particular the Otak Otak, Salt and Pepper prawns and Rendang but there's no bad dish on the menu. The service is always friendly and efficient and the space is modern and tasteful. The cocktails are great and the wine list good and fairly priced. What more could you want?

  7. Mark L.
    Mark L.
    • 2 reviews

    To start with the outstanding stuff... the food is exceptional. True Asian tastes and plenty of it meaning you get great value for money. The restaurant is well run for how big it is and how busy it gets. One thing I’d suggest they look at changing is the drinks list. Not much choice if you want wine by the glass and if buying by the bottle it’s mainly local wines with no international variety.

  8. Beverley W.
    Beverley W.
    • 81 reviews

    Highly recommended restaurant with traditional Malaysian and Chinese options. Otak Otak is a must!!

  9. Marie A.
    Marie A.
    • 2 reviews

    Always amazing food, great service and safe during the pandemic!

  10. Kevin H.
    Kevin H.
    • 3 reviews

    Great restaurant. During these strange times we find ourselves in, it is good to see that the simplified menu works really well with the expectations that I had for this restaurant. Great food, caring service staff and very quick.

  11. Cheryl p.
    Cheryl p.
    • 13 reviews

    Outstanding food and service. Choices were amazing. We all had a wonderful night

  12. Yvonne Y.
    Yvonne Y.
    • 4 reviews

    Food was delicious, highly recommend the eggplant main and laksa !

  13. Michelle R.
    Michelle R.
    • 2 reviews

    Oh my goodness. The food is so flavoursome and serving sizes plentiful. Was a treat to return after a long absence (about 5 years). As good as I remembered.

  14. Rose T.
    Rose T.
    • 14 reviews

    We had a set menu. I heard so much about this place but we think the food was pretty average. Don’t think we need to go back. Service was great though.

  15. Helen S.
    Helen S.
    • 4 reviews

    As always food was superb and service was excellent!

  16. Arlene S.
    Arlene S.
    • 22 reviews

    Very friendly and professional welcome. Thank you for seating us at a window table as requested????. So many great choices from the menu, fabulous roti. Chicken satay was cooked beautifully but sadly satay sauce was disappointing as lacked flavour. Warm and friendly service and great view. Glad we tried The Malay after not been for many years.

  17. Saru S.
    Saru S.
    • 4 reviews

    Excellent food and good value!

  18. Nilanga W.
    Nilanga W.
    • one review

    Very good food with lots of flavour

  19. Lydia G.
    Lydia G.
    • 4 reviews

    Food is always fantastic, keep coming back and never disappoints. Will continue to eat The Malaya, love love this food. Thoroughly recommended if you haven't eaten here before.

  20. Rachel S.
    Rachel S.
    • one review

    Very underwhelming considering the cost. Would not recommend.

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Opening time

Lunch Thursday to Saturday from 12.00pm.

Dinner Wednesday to Sunday from 5.30pm.

How to get to the restaurant

39 Lime Street, 2000, Sydney (NSW), Australia

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Entrance on Lime Street

Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Haymarket, Sydney CBD, Sydney City, The Rocks

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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