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The Malaya

#19 of 4,425 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Darling Harbour
Asian, Singaporean, Malaysian
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39 Lime St | King Street Wharf, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
9279 1170
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mon 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Love the eggplant szechuan. Highly recommended, especially for consistency and taste. Staff are friendly and efficient, food comes hot (temperature) and spicy from the open kitchen. Not all dishes are equally successful, but the signature dishes are very good, and there is a separate vegetarian menu. Sticky rice puddings (fruity with cream on top) are an inexpensive but delightful dessert.... More 

1 Thank Josh W
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The thought of a meal at The Malaya has always been something to get excited about as it never fails to deliver...in spades! With its open kitchen you can watch the chefs create their tasty masterpieces but make sure you try one of their signature dishes such as Szechuan Eggplant or Coconut Beef Rendang. These exquisite dishes are served by... More 

Thank Mark R
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

What wonderful food. The Schezuan Egglant is just amazing... even those who don't like eggplant ask to take some home...as well as the seafood sun choy bow ... yum! As for the Malayatini... just wonderful but so easy to drink too many so make sure you grab a cab home but well worth it. On top of all this ask... More 

Thank Helen R
Sydney, Australia
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134 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a lovely lunch with my colleagues , the food and company was very enjoyable and all with a view of darling harbour , this stylish restaurant serves up high quality Malaysian fair. We had the banquet which gave us a board taste of the menu at a reasonable price considering the location and quality.

Thank AM502014
Adelaide, Australia
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100 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When you make a booking weeks out and ask for a table on the balcony you expect it to be noted, maybe not actioned right away but noted, and so when you arrive and find your table about as far away from the balcony as they could make it then things are not off to a good start. To be... More 

1 Thank MarkP4
Katanning, Australia
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered Beef Rendang. Good flavours but the dish was let down by some chewy pieces of meat. Salmon entree was nice but overpriced at $20 for what you get. Thought the food was a little overpriced relative to quality. Service was formal and prompt.

Thank Benji S
Greater Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having eaten at the 1st Restaurant as a student, the 2nd as a young city worker this was my 1st visit to the 3rd location and it didn't disappoint with traditional and new dishes wonderfully presented and served with a style that put the pervious 2 sites to shame - A really pleasant experience

Thank ds2rie
Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A long time favoured restaurant of our family - we used to go to The Malaya when it was in George Street, well before even thinking of kids, and now they are all grown up! And what do we order? We are so boring - the same thing as 45 years ago! Atak Atak as a fiery entree, then King... More 

Thank AnnetteandSammy
Lawson, Australia
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49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From the salt & pepper prawns, to the curries (prawn & beef), our mouths were on a taste sensation. Then came their signature dish which was eggplant & was crunchy on the out side & lovely and juicy inside. The service could have been better. Why only 1 waiter to do food & drinks for 20? But overall the experience... More 

Thank David F
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some nice dishes. The eggplant was a standout! Cannot remember all we tried but most ly impressed with tastes. Big place - seems to be popular for after work dinners with groups. Will be back to try more....

Thank lavitabella

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$22 - $89
Asian, Singaporean, Malaysian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 39 Lime St | King Street Wharf, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: 9279 1170

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Darling Harbour

Neighborhood Profile
Darling Harbour
The original docklands of Darling Harbour have been transformed into a tourist mecca with entertainment for the whole family. Cockle Bay Wharf offers dining options from budget to upscale and million dollar views of the harbour. Young crowds gather on weekends for nightlife that ranges from salsa clubs to DJ's. Families can visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship or the Sydney Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. The Australian National Maritime Museum and the IMAX theatre are also popular attractions. The Harbourside Shopping Centre is a site unto itself, with hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars. On Saturdays in the summer, the city puts on a spectacular fireworks show along the harbour's shore and there are plenty of other free events during the year - Darling Harbour Fiesta, VIVID’s light installations and the Sydney Festival, just to name a few.