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The Malaya

#21 of 4,559 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Neighbourhood:
Darling Harbour
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39 Lime St | King Street Wharf, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
9279 1170
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Today
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 18:00 - 20:30
Sun - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
Mon 18:00 - 21:00
Tue - Sat 18:00 - 22:00
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Terrible experience, waiter dropped food on my shirt. Fake chicken used in the dish. Duty manager very rude when we complained. Staff have no concept of customer service. Avoid this place.

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Thank peaaustralia
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

First of location is nice situated in darling harbour. Not much wrong with the food at all. Quick service even with busy restaurant. Quantity of food is great and would suggest choosing plates to share. It is a tad on the expensive side but in my opinion worth the experience.

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Thank Glanvi
Sydney, Australia
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82 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Malaya has long been an institution along King Street Wharf. Returning recently for a Friday lunch I was reminded why it remains a standout. Warm and friendly service, terrific atmosphere and a great location. If you've never dined at The Malaya I highly recommend the Banquet menu. You'll sample a large and great range of their signature dishes (portions... More 

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Thank Andrew M
Armidale, Australia
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73 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is mid to high end. Reservations are recommended. The staff were attentive. The food was of a high standard. Wet recommend the Kapitan prawns and sechuan eggplant.

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Thank mobetrotter
Belfast, United Kingdom
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374 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I got a table here on a Wednesday night. The place was completely full. I had the Short Soup - steamed dumplings - followed by the Beef Rendang. The Beef was exquisite- braised and tender with the most delicious marinade/sauce.

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Thank Crocodile_Ddee
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

we go there accidentally, and we found that they made very good food. there staffs are very kindly as well. price is little bit high for 4 dishes, but I think it worth it. BTW, if you looking for a quite place for lunch, this restaurant is not such an ideal place

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Thank Grant C
Melbourne, Australia
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150 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a long day a business group of 30+ arrived for dinner. They seated us separately which was good and the drinks came out fairly well given the size of the group. We had advised them I was allergic to garlic when booking. When checking with me before the meal they asked me if I was allergic or don't like... More 

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Thank Sandy W
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arriving in Sydney we phoned and booked a table for 2130 on that Saturday night. The Malaya was buzzing and full. We had a table overlooking the harbour, a friendly waiter and fantastic food - nase goreng, very large but tender and sweet prawns in a chilli sauce and beef rendang. A great meal, a great night -thank you!

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Thank Lewis H
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came to The Malaya for a Birthday dinner for the first time and was quite impressed. Staff were very attentive and meals were delicious. I can't fault this restaurant at all. Will be coming back in the future

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Thank Beck R
Canberra, Australia
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131 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having been to the Malaya some time ago we were happy when our son and daughter-in-law chose this as the venue for my wife's birthday. While it is always busy the restaurant maintains a good ambiance and. Tables are spaced without encroaching on other peoples space. Even in peak times a conversation is still possible. Service as usual was excellent,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$22 - US$89
Cuisine
Asian, Singaporean, Malaysian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 20:30
Monday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: 9279 1170

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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 Gardens of Friendship or the Sydney Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. The Sydney 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.
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