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Malabar @ Darlinghurst

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13 Jan 2017 - 13 Jan 2020
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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, 20 Jun 2017

Excellent food - great use of spices without burning the mouth, every dish had its own character. Also enjoyed the fact that the place is carpeted and therefore it is possible to have a good conversation with a group of people as it is not a noisy venue.

dined on Tue, 20 Jun 2017

A great local place for us!
Melinda Challis

dined on Mon, 19 Jun 2017

fantastic food as always

dined on Fri, 16 Jun 2017

Best Indian restaurant in Sydney.
melinda challis

dined on Mon, 12 Jun 2017

Lovely food and service as always

dined on Sun, 11 Jun 2017

One of, if not the, best Indian restaurants in Sydney. Service was amazing, food was amazing and it's BYO wine - what more could you ask for? Hard to recommend any one dish as everything is so good.

dined on Wed, 31 May 2017

The staff are very attentive and professional, food is amazing a definite recommendation from me!

dined on Fri, 26 May 2017

The food was very nice and not your traditional indian restaurant with your tikka masala and kormas. I do get annoyed when they charge you for poppadoms and then $3 each for every condiment it comes with like the mango chutney, the onions and tomato etc.

dined on Sat, 20 May 2017

I love your place! I'll go back again & again. Dosais are fantastic, goat curry, lamb kerimah & spinach cheese naan. Yum!

dined on Thu, 18 May 2017

Great food and lovely service
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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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