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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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Jacqueline Armstrong

dined on Sat, 9 Dec 2017

This restaurant is consistently a pleasant experience topped off with a wonderful atmosphere and excellent service.

dined on Wed, 29 Nov 2017

The dosas are a particular favourite and never disappoint

dined on Sat, 25 Nov 2017

Great food and service
Elizabeth Montebello-Hunter

dined on Fri, 24 Nov 2017

One of our favourite places!

dined on Sun, 19 Nov 2017

Great place with great customer service and food was amazing.
Wayne Ihaka

dined on Wed, 15 Nov 2017

Great food by Chef Mohammed and great service as usual
Craig Brown

dined on Wed, 15 Nov 2017

Thank you, always great

dined on Sat, 11 Nov 2017

One of the best curries in Sydney
Amruthesh Suresh

dined on Fri, 3 Nov 2017

Been visitng multiple times. one of the best
Amy Richards

dined on Thu, 2 Nov 2017

Really nice authentic indian cuisine. Flavours were amazing in both entrees and main courses. Good variety on the menu, go for the chicken makhani, it’s gorgeous! Will definitely return! Thanks Malabar for a lovely and tasty evening.
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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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