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Malabar @ Darlinghurst
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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.

Number of seats
100
Takeaway
Yes

Address

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1829 Verified Diner Reviews

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Total Dimmi Score

9.1
1829 reviews
Recommended
(9.5)
Food
(9.1)
Service
(9.0)
Value for money
(8.7)
Atmosphere
(8.8)
Hayley

dined on Fri, 11 Aug 2017

(8)
Goan fish curry was yum
Andy

dined on Wed, 9 Aug 2017

(10)
Excellent food and service as always. Love this place!
David

dined on Tue, 8 Aug 2017

(9)
Great food and service as always. The yummiest Indian in town.
marie kennedy

dined on Fri, 4 Aug 2017

(10)
Malabar is always great.. we love it... great staff
Melinda Challis

dined on Tue, 1 Aug 2017

(10)
Excellent food, our friend from Hong Kong was very impressed.
Jo

dined on Tue, 1 Aug 2017

(9)
I would certainly return to try some of the other menu items, goat curry was tender and full of flavor.
Johannes

dined on Sat, 29 Jul 2017

(9)
Great service and new dishes, fantastic night.
Marie Kennedy

dined on Sun, 23 Jul 2017

(10)
Always excellent... very good value for very good food... an old favourite for us
Tree

dined on Fri, 21 Jul 2017

(10)
The service and the food never disappoints. We'll miss this neighborhood gem when we move.
Fiona

dined on Fri, 21 Jul 2017

(10)
Excellent as always. Lovely staff and great food
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Reviews we love

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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13/20

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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