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“Great for large parties” 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 #68 of 5,099 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $22 - $89
Cuisines: Malaysian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Entertaining clients, Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Great for large parties”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We had a work dinner for 30 people at the Malaya and it was an excellent venue. The view over Darling Harbour provided a great backdrop and the Malaysian-inspired menu offered a range of excellent dishes for all tastes and dietary requirements. The restaurant was full - adding to the overall energy and atmosphere of the place.

Visited May 2013
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English first
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Consistently good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Recent dinner at the Malaya again provided constantly good quality food. Both the entree's and mains were up to their usual standards. the Szechwan eggplant was exceptional as was the special chicken curry. for me the balck peppered king prawns whilst tasty needed a bit more bit.
Service by the young lady who waited on our table was 10/10.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Canberra, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Some like it hot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

The Malaya is our favourite Asian restaurant. We were regular customers when we lived in Sydney, but we now travel four hours for this wonderful experience of professional staff, authentic taste, good quality food nicely presented, and a wonderful view over Darling Harbour.

We usually order Popiah for entrée, and always a Prawn Sambal for mains which is definitely not for the faint hearted, and we throw in another dish as we work our way through the menu. They make a great dry martini, and have an extensive wine and beer list. It is a bit expensive, but go on, spoil yourself.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Delicious. Worth a try”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

Very tasty food. High quality. Good service if a touch slow on drinks. Expensive drinks and above average cost food but you can tell its better quality. A lovely meal out and I'm glad we went.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Quality but at a Price”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

The Malaya is fast becoming an institution in Sydney, and earning a hard earned reputation. I re call 1st eating at Malaya in far less glamorous surroundings in Ultimo some 10 years ago. The thing is the food and menu is pretty much the same 10 years on, which is fine, but with the move to the glamorous surroundings of King St Wharf comes a significant shift in price. My sense is that the price increase is too large, sure the location is good, but I'm visiting for the food, and that's pretty much as it was 10 years ago in good old Ultimo.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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