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About Malabar @ Darlinghurst

Follow the Spice Trail. The Malabar restaurants (there is one in Darlinghurst and also Crows Nest) takes its name from the Kerala region, known for its Indian spices such as pepper, cardamom, ginger, curry leaves and vanilla. This was the beginning of the famous Spice Trail, which went on to bring exotic flavours to every corner of the Earth. Today, that’s what Malabar Darlinghurst aims to do: show diners a real taste of South Indian cuisine. With over 22 years of experience, owner and chef Mohammed Sali personally picks all his ingredients daily, peeling onions, slicing beef and grounding spices all by hand. Mohammed’s creations are fragrant, filling and, as expected, spicy! You’ll find dosai (a crepe-style speciality) on almost every table, alongside a glass of creamy mango lassi and a basket of crisp golden naan. The décor matches the food – classic with a modern twist. It’s a fresh-feeling atmosphere, after the restaurant moved a few doors down in December. Malabar Darlinghurst: food fit for a maharajah! Best dish: Chemeen Paringikai dosai.

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dined on Tue, 24 Apr 2018

Goan fish curry was amazing again. Also the soft shell crab entree special was beautiful. We pretty much liked everything we ordered and had a nice bottle of wine with us to complete the dining experience.

dined on Mon, 16 Apr 2018

Great as always.

dined on Sat, 14 Apr 2018

Always great food and service.

dined on Sat, 14 Apr 2018

Impressive food and service

dined on Tue, 10 Apr 2018

Consistently delicious food
Louisa Belz

dined on Sun, 8 Apr 2018

Very friendly and good food good Service
Melinda Challis

dined on Sat, 7 Apr 2018

fantastic food and service as always
Adam Barnes

dined on Fri, 6 Apr 2018

One of the best Indian restaurants in Sydney -- always delivers on taste and service.
Daryl Wilson

dined on Fri, 6 Apr 2018

I’m a regular at Malabar because of its impeccable food and service even though I live 5km away.
Melinda Challis

dined on Sat, 31 Mar 2018

food was great and we had a lovely table. Our friends from Hong Kong thought it was a fabulous dinner.
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If India was Italy, this would be a great little trattoria, albeit one specialising in dosai. Malabar does a great job of this southern Indian classic - crisp pancake with the addictive tang of a cult

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Malabar serves South Indian cuisine such as dosai and thalis made with fresh seasonal produce in the heart of Darlinghurst. The food focuses on the Malabar region, also known as the 'spice trail'.

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Chef Sali offers a range of authentic dishes and dining options, including banquet-style eating that allows you to try a large selection of dishes. Tandoori chicken tikka features three tender pieces of chicken marinated

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