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Istana Restaurant

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230-238 Pennant Hills Rd | Shop 15, Thornleigh, Hornsby, New South Wales 2120, Australia
9481-8855
Today
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My dad is from KL Malaysia and we come here regularly for the istana king prawns, Singapore chilli crab (a sweeter style, not too spicy) and the hainan chicken rice. Delicious! The wat dan hor is also great. The food is a bit pricey but it's the tastiest and most authentic Malaysian food in the hills area. Great service, clean... More 

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Thank Dan Y
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been dining at Istana for nearly two decades and the food has only become better over time. We had a fantastic meal with our children and extended family. The service was excellent and the food absolutely scrumptious. The essential herbs and spices that are commonly missed in many restaurants were certainly not missing at Istana. The food was... More 

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Thank Colin K
Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been here many times over the years. The food is good and we always end up ordering our favourites BUT don't come here if you want a quiet, relax and leisurely dinner. Highly recommend that you book on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays too. There are two sessions for dinner and they don't give you much time to eat.... More 

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Thank SydneyAustralia10
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Title says it all. Decent Malaysian food, typically very tasty, but quite overpriced. Including the plain rice at $3 plus per serve! Of note, the portion size for the 'char kway teow' (fried rice noodle) was shockingly and disappointingly small for the price. Decor and carpet in rather desperate need of update and upgrade too.

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you've eaten in Malaysia, this place will feel immediately familiar. It's busy, bustling, noisy and filled with exotic tastes and aromas. Portions are generous, typically two mains will feed 3 - 4 adults, so choose wisely, or plan on a repeat visit. The setting is very basic, but the restaurant is extremely clean and well run. The management run... More 

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Thank Christopher M
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80 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Enjoyed a Malaysian meal here. Food was quite authentic and it was very popular for a Sunday night. Lots of family groups, couples and friends were dining. This place has been here for a long time so very popular with locals and others alike. Good service and there is a 3% discount if you pay by cash. Bonus!

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Sydney, Australia
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100 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

This Malaysian Restaurant also serves Chinese creations. We found the food very tasty, with generous portion sizes. Service was quick and friendly staff were very helpful. The menu was extensive. The restaurant was bright and clean, though a little crowded. Prices were slightly above average, but not unreasonable.

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Thank Bevan H
Sydney, Australia
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195 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

The Malaysian Chilli crab was on special so we decided to try. The crabs were fresh, the sauce was a nice consistency and tasty although not quite Malaysian style. Went well with the roti. The other dishes were the Ho Chien (oyster omelette), the Wa Tan Hor and the Istana Squid. While the Istana Squid was well done, tasty, the... More 

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Thank Sassychix
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2 reviews
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

The awkward pale pink walls and Bahamas style counter oddly makes it feel like an authentic Asian restaurant. The food here is the real deal. Their homemade egg tofu is My all time fave. Their sweet Sweet And sour pork is a must have. And their rice is served in a traditional stainless steel rice warmer. Oh And their toilets... More 

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Thank jamiet135
Sydney
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6 reviews
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Very disappointing service. The tables were placed so closed to each other I felt like we were dinning with the guests next to us. They also charged us for “tea” per person when they did not inform us it’ll occur cost. Then 3/4 of the way, they took the tea pot away and then when we ask them to return... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Asian, Malaysian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 230-238 Pennant Hills Rd | Shop 15, Thornleigh, Hornsby, New South Wales 2120, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Sydney  >  Hornsby  >  Thornleigh
  • Phone Number: 9481-8855

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?