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“Some of the best in East Asian cuisine”
Review of The Malaya

The Malaya
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Ranked #27 of 5,836 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $89
Cuisines: Asian, Singaporean, Malaysian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Sydney, Australia
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81 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Some of the best in East Asian cuisine”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

The only thing that beat the food and service at the Malaya is the outlook. The King Street wharf is the starting place for a number of harbour cruise/dinner cruise boats so it is always busy. The food is excellent. The menu is very good and moderately priced. I mainly went there for business lunches and found it a delightful way to spend a long lunch time. This area links in nicely with the Darling Harbour entertainment prescinct along with its other attractions including the Maritime Museum and Sydney Aquarium.

  • Visited August 2012
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Shere, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Good setting overlooking Kings Wharf and Darling Harbour. Nice ambience and attentive staff. Excellent Malaysian and other South East Asian food and a cold beer - James Boag Premium - to die for.

  • Visited May 2013
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Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Order good weather & a window table.”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

Of course it is not cheap! You do not get this location, these cooks, these service personnel or the fresh ingredients at a bargain price. What you do get are great flavours, great service, a huge buzz &, presupposing that you have chosen a fabulous sunny Sydney autumn afternoon, magnificent ambiance absolutely tailored for a blokes' blowout extended lunch. (Nearby tables indicated a similar suitability for ladies' celebrations.)
The trad Malay dishes such as rendang, roti & curry mee meet with fusion fare like salt & pepper king prawns & are the perfect accompaniment to substantial quantities of icy cold Tiger.
Bring your money with you & live large.

  • Visited April 2013
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Sydney
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“This place is a part of Sydney history”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

I introduced to this Sydney eating place when it was in an old butch shop in George Street Sydney, all the people in the advertising world would eat and do deals there, then they opened in North Sydney, and I would eat there,now they have moved up scale and i don't eat there as much, but this Restaurant set the standard for Laska in Sydney, and I believe still do it better than anyone else.

  • Visited August 2012
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“What a surprise, excellent!”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

As an occasional visitor to Sydney, I had not tried this restaurant before. I had lunch there and everything about the experience was excellent: warm greeting on arrival and immediately taken to a table by the window with a great outlook; service throughout the meal was courteaous, helpful and attentive; we had the set meal for two and each dish was wonderful. We are used to many Chinese, Japanese and Thai restaurants; this is a wonderful example of fine Malaysian cooking. It can be alittle noisy which from one perspective, adds to the atmosphere. It might be a little difficult if you had a few people eating that wanted to have an important discussion.

  • Visited May 2013
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