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Istana Malaysia Restaurant

1-5 Allen Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
648017989
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Overview
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“beef rendang” (59 reviews)
“garlic roti” (16 reviews)
“rotis” (42 reviews)
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CUISINES
Asian, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
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LOCATION
1-5 Allen Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 428 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

The staff at Istana Malaysia is sensational. Fantastic service overall demonstrating some of the best hospitality values I have seen in a while. Thank you so much for making it such a memorable visit.

Thank Miguel A
Reviewed 3 days ago

Nice food, portions could have been bigger but quite tasty. They make their own roti bread so worth trying a few of those. Cool to watch them make also. Would happily return again. 2x meals and entrees no drinks was $48. Pretty reasonable.

Thank Andre H
Reviewed 6 days ago

There is nothing spectacular about this place or the food, it's just a good solid Malaysian restaurant that i've been eating at for 10 years. Does the trick.

Thank Youie1966
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely love Istana Malaysia - they greet you like old friends, so warm and friendly. Food is fab particularly the roti, chicken curry and mee-goreng. Popadoms are the best I've ever tasted.

Thank jesscnz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were a group of 9 dining here prior to going to the Circa show. Service was fantastic and helped our fussy eaters in our group with menu choices. The restaurant is BYO which is always a bonus. Food was really tasty and would most...More

Thank nomadicnevs
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very nice delicious food, Halal, nuts alergy friendly menu. BYO or buy spiritual drinks available. Warm and cosy place, enjoyed our time with friends.

Thank Saadaldin A
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Saadaldin A. Thank you so much for such a great review! We are so glad that you have enjoyed our food and service. We look forward to seeing you and your team again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Second time back here and food was great but we had to move tables to try get warm. Would recommend. Bring a coat :)

Thank Pete H
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Pete H. I am very sorry you have to move table. We will do the best we can next time. We are so glad that you have enjoyed our food and service! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A well frequented restaurant in Wellington CBD. Great food served spedily and at a reasonable price. We will return.

Thank flackatini
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Flackatini. Thank you so much for such a great review. We are so glad that you have enjoyed our food and service! We look forward to seeing you and your team again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were welcomed at close to closing time as we had just left a wonderful performance and wanted to spoil the cast of Java Dance and we sure did. Fabulously friendly staff, incredibly delicious Malaysian food, highly recommend this restaurant , great value and we...More

Thank JenniferC4
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi JenniferC4 Thank you so much for such a great review! We are so glad that you have enjoyed our food and service. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Conveniently located close to Courtney Pl and QT Hotel / Te Papa. Lovely food with plenty of options. I ordered the beef rendang which is listed as Hot, but i'd rate it medium hot; Next time i'd ask for some extra chilli on the side....More

Thank DHC2-Man
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello DHC2-Man Thank you so much for coming and enjoying our food and service! Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$12 - US$18
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 23:00
Monday
17:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 23:00
Thursday
17:00 - 23:00
Friday
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1-5 Allen Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: 648017989
  • E-mail
Description
Welcome to Istana Malaysia in Wellington. Istana Malaysia translates to Palace of Malaysia, where the royals dwell and are served the finest Malaysian cuisine. First established on August 31st 1994, Istana Malaysia has long been recognised by its clientele as the best Malaysian restaurant in town. We warmly welcome you to come in and sample the rich and complex flavours of Malaysian cooking. Book a table for lunch or dinner at our fully licensed restaurant and experience the real taste of Malaysia! At Istana Malaysia each meal is cooked to order using fresh and authentic ingredients and methods. All spices are directly imported from Malaysia, guaranteeing that you will receive only the finest in traditional Malaysian cuisine. Each dish offers you a choice of mild, medium or hot to accommodate your individual tastes and preferences. From spicy satay and invigorating soups to indulgent banquets, Istana Malaysia's menu reflects the full spectrum of the Malay kitchen.
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