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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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Norman Thompson

dined on Thu, 15 Feb 2018

Excellent restaurant as always. A real favourite of mine.

dined on Sun, 11 Feb 2018

Since the first time we ate at Malabar it has become one of our favourites. Food is amazing, Service is friendly and efficient. Decor and Ambience is well presented. Highly recommended!
Melinda Challis

dined on Sat, 10 Feb 2018

Staff and food excellent as always

dined on Fri, 9 Feb 2018

Great food, service, ambience. We are repeat customers.

dined on Thu, 8 Feb 2018

Very professional indian restaurant. The service was great and the food came out quickly. The entrees and curry we got tasted amazing. Recommend trying!

dined on Thu, 8 Feb 2018

Excellent food with very good service, in a busy but well organised restaurant. Some different to the usual dishes which were very flavoursome without being hot.

dined on Tue, 6 Feb 2018

Lovely as always

dined on Sun, 4 Feb 2018

Top-notch service in the heart of Darlinghurst. The head chef even came out to talk to the diners. Will highly recommend! Oh, and the Bangalore dosa is the best.

dined on Sun, 4 Feb 2018

Never disappoints, constantly good service and excellent food.

dined on Sat, 3 Feb 2018

Best dosai I’ve ever tasted. Highly recommend Bangalore Dosai
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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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