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The Malaya

39 Lime St | King Street Wharf, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (City Centre)
9279 1170
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Ranked #48 of 5,211 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $22 - $89
Cuisines: Malaysian
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Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: City Centre
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English first
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We celebrated a family birthday this week. The waiter was one of the best ever, 6 star service. The food as always was stand out, so again had a wonderful time. Consistently great restaurant. We'll be back!

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Sydney, Australia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We wandered in for luncheon on a wet day and were lucky enough to find a table. The Tiger Prawns were excellent and the Malaya Curried Chicken excellent as well. The service was efficient, without any particular charm. The wine list is pretty expensive, with one honorable exception. The outlook over Darling Harbour and the vessels moored as part of... More

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auckland
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65 reviews 65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Came with a group of friends on a busy Saturday night. we had the banquet meal which I thought would be too much but it was yummy food and the service throughout the night was faultless - attentive, relaxed, personable - just great. I would totally come back in a heartbeat.

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Canberra, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We were staying at Darling Harbour and love the spiciness of good Malaysian food so we heard about The Malaya - and we were not disappointed. When you head to a restaurant that serves food from a particular country or region, it's always refreshing to see a menu that doesn't look like something you've see 20 times before. The Malaya... More

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Beijing, China
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I am a long time Asia hand who has eaten at many of the best restaurants in the capital cities of South East Asia and a multitude of small side street and stall restaurants, over many years. My dinner last month in The Malaya restaurant on Lime Street (facing Darling Harbour) was outstanding. The Rendang was moist and had the... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The Malaya is one of the most consistently good restaurants I have eaten at and always delivers. I've dined here many times over the years and always look forward to and enjoy a Malaya meal. The banquets are a great choice when you have a number of people and they are very filling. The staff are always attentive without being... More

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Sydney, Australia
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73 restaurant reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I've visited Malaya a number of times over the years for both leisure and work dinners. The service is always good (attentive and friendly), the menu is comprehensive (offering a broad selection of meats, seafood and vegetarian dishes), and the view over King St Wharf is great. Their set menus are a great way of getting a broad selection of... More

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Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Dined with a large group of 24. The service was first class and the food was excellent. There was more food than we could eat. The staff keeps your water glasses full and the food coming. The perfect place to take your family or work group for a great dining experience.

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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We walked into the restaurant and were immediately impressed by "the buzz". Having made a reservation earlier in the week, we were escorted to a quiet table(if there is such a thing in The Malaya) and our drinks order was taken almost as soon as we sat down. Our waiter could not have been more obliging and even where there... More

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Manila
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

While visiting Sydney we were able to meet-up with old friends we had not seen in several years. Since they were in effect the "locals", they made this restaurant choice. And it was a good one. I had visions of Satay sticks and headresses, but got an open kitchen, extensive menu and panoramic harbour views in the large rectangular room.... More

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