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Malabar South Indian Restaurant in Darlinghurst

#15 of 4,621 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Shop 1 274 Victoria St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
+61 2 9332 1755
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
Wed - Sun 12:00 - 14:30
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In Sydney is not that hard to find an Indian restaurant . There are around every corner . But one like this one , there are only few sin town . The food is tasty , the service is quite great . Generally we order wine by the glass . This time they bring the bottle at the table that... More 

Thank Yohan D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a really lovely meal in this restaurant during our stay in Sydney. It came recommended, and because it is so popular, it is advisable to make a reservation.

Thank CorinneWelch
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a lovely meal at Malabar. I walk past it every day and decided I had to go in (8 months after I moved into the area). The food, service and atmosphere were really good - I hardly see this place empty when I walk past and now I understand why. I would recommend to anyone that fancy's an... More 

Thank Mitul L
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live in the area and have probably dined at Malabar no fewer than 100 times in the last 10 years. Seriously... 100 times! Firstly, this is not an "Indian diner" experience; this is a top-shelf, white-linen dining experience. The service staff are incredible; well presented in great uniforms that are a fusion of traditional and modern design. They are... More 

Thank ZenithDave
Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

Only a 15 minute drive from the Mall. We opted for a banquet dinner and were rewarded with a wonderful selection of delights. The meats were tender and flavours did not disappoint. The decor, with its interesting large sepia photo murals were visually fascinating. Clean modern feel with starched white tablecloths. Great location and there is always a taxi driving... More 

Thank Nicole255344
Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Malabar Indian restaurant is located at the top of Kings Crooss - within 100 metres of the Coca Cola sign in Darlinghurst. We chose train travel for convenience. This Indian restaurant provides Southern Indian cuisine. The food is moderately spicey and very tasty. The food was delivered very promptly to out table with considerable courtesy. We chose a banquet meal... More 

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Bundeena, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

A wide ranging authentic menu of southern Indian dishes accompanied by excellent warm service. Taking your own wine is acceptable.

Thank Graham B
New York City, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

The menu is a little bland ! No sides, very bland food and it could be so good. The location is amazing and the staff are really friendly. Please improve the menu!

Thank David M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

If you planning to go at night over the weekend you will need to book. Food is constantly amazing, we have been over 15 times. Highly recommend Malabar!

Thank 78mrg
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Staying nearby and looking for a dinner option when we came across Malabar. It was a mid week evening and the place was packed - we were a walk in (no reservation) however the staff found us a table up the back. The service was the first thing we noticed - nice and friendly, polite and knowledgeable about the menu... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$34
Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shop 1 274 Victoria St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Darlinghurst
  • Neighbourhood: Darlinghurst
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9332 1755
The culinary corner stone in the heart of Darlinghurst, Malabar enjoys a long-held reputation for excellence in food, wine and hospitality. Executive Chef Mohammed celebrates carefully sourced local ingredients from nearby farmer's market, where he collaborates with local growers. Chef Mohammed's innovative and skilfully executed dishes deliver intelligent compositions and delightful flavours, carefully married to our Australian wine list.

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Home of the small bar revolution in Sydney, Darlinghurst has more bars per capita than any other suburb. Themes range from American whiskey bars and 1950’s theme bars to hidden bars requiring secret passwords. Oxford Street is the "Gay Capital" of Australia, where gay and lesbian-friendly venues feature “diva shows” and dancing until the morning. Vintage lovers flock to Crown Street, and small designer boutiques can be found along Victoria and Bourke Streets. Dining in Darlinghurst is a gastronomic adventure. Food from all over the world is on the menu, from American ribs to tapas, sushi to gelato and every ethnicity in between.
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