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“Great Asian food!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Malaya

The Malaya
39 Lime St | King Street Wharf, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
9279 1170
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Ranked #81 of 5,110 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $22 - $89
Cuisines: Malaysian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great Asian food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

I had dinner in The Malaya coming from Malaysia on business in Sydney. Service and food were excellent. I would recommend this restaurant when you are looking for good quality Asian food in Sydney.

Visited May 2013
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blaxland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A taste sensation with a price tag to match.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

I first ate at the Malaya when I was 4 in 1971 and have continued to be a big fan for many years since. I have seen the Prawn Laksa go from $3 a bowl to $27 but the taste is just as good as is their original beef curry. Obviously the new Cockle Bay location is reflected in the massive increase in dish price. Having said this the food is still reliably great and the service is a lot more up market from the 70's, the waiters are very attentive and professional. Not a restaurant that many people could now afford to frequent often which is a shame as even the low income earners could have afforded to sample their wonderful cuisine at one stage and take their children. Very expensive for Asian cuisine but a nice trip down memory lane for my mother, sister and I, thankfully we all work! Food awesome but take your credit card.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Perth, Australia
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“The Best Beef Randang I have tasted”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

This restaurant is expensive but the food is fantastic.
The service was brilliant and we had a wonderful night with our American friends. It's a great place to take visitors if you want to impress and money isn't a problem.

Visited May 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Wont go back again to many others lots cheaper.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Food was brilliant but very expensive night. Also place incredibly noisy, and as four of us we left with raspy throats after screeching across table to each other all evening.
Food tasty but not incredible. All dishes looked the same but just slight vatiations.
Staff was excellant not pushy but helpful.
I thought overpriced but thats the location I guess. No wine just , 2 beers 1 starter each ,and curries for 4 people cost $180.00. wow.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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24 restaurant reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Delicious food, great service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Great venue overlooking Kings St Wharf, Service is great and attentive.
We came with a group of 7, ordered a variety of dishes! LOVE the malaya curry!!
Food was delicious!! Slightly pricier than other Malaysian restaurants, but the service and the view is worth the visit.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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