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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 Fri, 11 Aug 2017

Goan fish curry was yum

dined on Wed, 9 Aug 2017

Excellent food and service as always. Love this place!

dined on Tue, 8 Aug 2017

Great food and service as always. The yummiest Indian in town.
marie kennedy

dined on Fri, 4 Aug 2017

Malabar is always great.. we love it... great staff
Melinda Challis

dined on Tue, 1 Aug 2017

Excellent food, our friend from Hong Kong was very impressed.

dined on Tue, 1 Aug 2017

I would certainly return to try some of the other menu items, goat curry was tender and full of flavor.

dined on Sat, 29 Jul 2017

Great service and new dishes, fantastic night.
Marie Kennedy

dined on Sun, 23 Jul 2017

Always excellent... very good value for very good food... an old favourite for us

dined on Fri, 21 Jul 2017

The service and the food never disappoints. We'll miss this neighborhood gem when we move.

dined on Fri, 21 Jul 2017

Excellent as always. Lovely staff and great food
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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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