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“Ambiance, service and excellent cuisine” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Malabar @ Darlinghurst

Malabar @ Darlinghurst
Shop 6, 274 Victoria St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
(02) 9332 1755
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Ranked #191 of 5,318 Restaurants in Sydney
Price range: $0 - $23
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Star707, Sydney
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292 reviews 292 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
491 helpful votes 491 helpful votes
“Ambiance, service and excellent cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

What is better than a Masala Dosai followed by a South Indian Curry washed down with champagne? This was one of our recent 'best' lunch experiences! So, what makes a 'best lunch' experience? Was it the cuisine? Was it the ambiance? Was it service? It was all of that, plus that ephemeral something extra. The menu is compact, competent and more than adequate choices. The ambiance of Malabar is worth a mention. The decor is tasteful modern glass and chrome juxtaposed with floor to ceiling blown up black and white Raj photos,and scattered appropriate artefacts. The something extra was the manager himself. He masterminded our dining experience without intrusiveness. A difficult balance, we were putty in his hands. When the manager saw that we were having fun with the wall paper and our iPhones and Pads, he gave us a turban to play around with. We loved his sense of fun and felt immediately ten times happier. Malabar has two restaurants, this one is on Victoria Street at the Kings Cross end of Darlinghurst. We had lunch here, so parking was not an issue. Access is easy by train (Kings Cross station), by bus or by car. Will we return? Yes we are all moving in. We want to live there!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Victoria
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

First night in Sydney we fell into Malabar, exhausted from our long flight from Canada.
Fabulous food. Three nights later we walked into Malabar and had another wonderful meal.
Highly recommended. Service was fabulous.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“south inidan delight”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

If your a fan of good south indian food ( not always that easy to find in sydney) then this is the place for you. Their Dosai did not dissapoint, and i like all of the curries i tried. Love the battery powered candles that you can actually blow out!

Visited January 2012
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
“Fantastic experience all round!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

We dined here on Saturday night for my birthday and it was just great! We were greeted by the owner, Mohammed, and were made very welcome. The dosai and samosas were fantastic, so fresh and we enjoyed the chicken curry.
The service was outstanding..water refilled and wine and very polite manners by all. The complimentary dessert was delicious and much appcreciated. The restaurant is in such a vibrant part of the city. Thanks again for a fabulous experience!

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Dosai Heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

We are regulars to enjoy the fantastic variety that chef Mohammad and his very friendly staff have created. Chili chops, prawn dosai, and the lamb shank rogan josh are all faves.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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