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Indian

Malabar @ Crows Nest

9.1/10
538

Average price A$45

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  • Average price A$45
    Special request
  • American express Welcome
Garlic pepper rasam
A$7.5
Patti samosa 2 pcs (G)
A$8.5
Onion bhaji 4 pcs (G)
A$10.5
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Ratings & Reviews

Excellent

9.1/10
based on 538 reviews
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Quality of food :9.4/10
Service :9/10
Setting :8.5/10
  1. Phil M.
    Phil M.
    • 11 reviews
    9/10

    Malabar continues to offer exceptional, authentic Indian dishes. They were busy with service a little lacklustre this evening, but we still very much enjoyed the atmosphere and food.

  2. Kylie D.
    Kylie D.
    • one review
    10/10

    The service was excellent the staff very attentive and the food came quickly and was interesting and well cooked. The atmosphere was friendly and exotic and this has been a favourite for many years

  3. Sandra F.
    Sandra F.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    Consistently great food and friendly helpful service makes this one of my top Sydney restaurant choices. Congratulations team Malabar!

  4. Dipika D.
    Dipika D.
    • one review
    10/10

    The food was really yummy and we had a really enjoyable evening ! The dosas at Malabar were excellent as were the starters and curries. Highly recommend the restaurant .

  5. Deb L.
    Deb L.
    • one review
    10/10

    This restaurant is consistently good, delicious food and great service.

  6. Liz G.
    Liz G.
    • 7 reviews
    9/10

    Always excellent food here and very attentive service.

  7. Enrico P.
    Enrico P.
    • 4 reviews
    9.5/10

    We had been to Malabar with friends many years ago and it had come up in conversation again recently. We were in the lower north shore and thought we'd try it again... Really happy we did as the food was delicious and the service was excellent. Won't leave it so long before the next time we visit.

  8. Shilpa V.
    Shilpa V.
    • one review
    5/10

    It was a little disappointing to see the reduced portion sizes of each dish. It was almost 1.5 times more just a few months before. Moreover, the food didn't taste as good as before, it seems their chef has changed. They were welcoming and service was prompt.

  9. EMA S.
    EMA S.
    • one review
    9.5/10

    Always friendly staffs. Good food, Good service. I’ll go back again. Thank you :)

  10. Suvini K.
    Suvini K.
    • 2 reviews
    9.5/10

    A amazing food and awesome service! Highly recommend.

  11. Christine F.
    Christine F.
    • one review
    9/10

    The Malabar has been serving excellent food for decades. We visited again 15 years after moving away from Sydney and the food was as good as ever! Service also excellent. Highly recommend.

  12. Beverly R.
    Beverly R.
    • one review
    9/10

    The food was absolutely delicious and very generous in portions. Ambience was nice and premises were spotless. Friendly waitstaff and CV-19 measures observed.

  13. Nick M.
    Nick M.
    • one review
    9/10

    Great South Indian food. I'm particularly keen on the Dosai. Went recently for the first time in a while. Staff really friendly and were happy to accommodate a couple of special requests. One of my favourite Indian restaurants.

  14. Brian s.
    Brian s.
    • one review
    10/10

    In this time of Covid it was very well run. Good recording of guests for tracing, well spaced tables , and the service and food were excellent. Highly recommended !

  15. ANDY R.
    ANDY R.
    • 2 reviews
    8/10

    Service and food were good. There was a communication breakdown with the waiter and the kitchen. We asked for our 3 main dishes to be served individually but they all came at once.

  16. Andrew l.
    Andrew l.
    • 2 reviews
    8/10

    Good South Indian cuisine, quick service and friendly staff

  17. Nicola P.
    Nicola P.
    • 8 reviews
    9.5/10

    Amazing food as always. Service was a little slow tonight (had to remind team of our drinks and bill), however it was a busy night maybe not enough staff rostered. I love the food here however so would not stop me returning.

  18. Gerri f.
    Gerri f.
    • 2 reviews
    6/10

    small portions for main meals, pleasant atmosphere, service quite good, quite a good evening!

  19. Caroline F.
    Caroline F.
    • one review
    10/10

    Another wonderful experience at Malabar, even given the COVID-19 protocols in place. Fabulous food - dosai were as delicious as ever - and lovely service.

  20. Stacy M.
    Stacy M.
    • 41 reviews
    9/10

    Great restaurant amazing food. I’ve been to the one in Darlinghurst and this one is just as good... also didn’t realise it was a BYO so will definitely be back.

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How to get to the restaurant

334 Pacific Highway, 2065, Crows Nest (NSW), Australia, RestaurantAddress

About the restaurant

Smell the spices

The Malabar restaurants (you can find one in Darlinghurst as well) take their name from the Kerala region, known for its Indian spices such as pepper, cardamon, ginger, curry leaves and vanilla. This was the start of the famous Spice Trail, which went on to bring exotic flavours to every corner of the Earth. Today, that’s what Malabar aims to do: show diners a real taste of South Indian cuisine. Owner and chef, Mohammed Sali has had 22 years of experience and continues to personally pick all of his ingredients daily; peeling onions, slicing beef and grounding spices by hand. Mohammed’s creations are fragrant, filling and, as expected, spicy!

Dosai’s (crepe-style specialties) can be found on almost every table, along with a glass of creamy mango lassi, that other diners use to wash down the heat! You’ll also spy the happiness on children’s faces when they smell the garlic naan coming their way.

Best dish: bangalore dosai - hand-mashed potatoes sprinkled with chilli, sesame seed and coconut flakes

Features

Asian, , Father's Day, Travelers' Choice 2020

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