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20 Best Malaysian Restaurants in Sydney [2024]

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Best Malaysian Restaurant Sydney

Best Malaysian Restaurant Sydney
Best Malaysian Restaurant Sydney

When you’re in the mood for some good Malaysian food, where do you go? Sydney is home to many great Malaysian restaurants, and it can be hard to choose just one! In this blog post, we will list the best Malaysian restaurant Sydney. These restaurants are sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more! So what are you waiting for? Start planning your next Malaysian food adventure today!

1) Alice’s Makan

Key ServiceHawker-style Malaysian food
Address580 George St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Websitehttps://www.instagram.com/alicesmakan
Phone+61 2 8668 4465
Operating HoursMonday 9:30AM–2:30PM
Tuesday 9:30AM–2:30PM
Wednesday 9:30AM–2:30PM
Thursday 9:30AM–2:30PM
Friday 9:30AM–2:30PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

You won’t often come across a combination of both phenomenal Malaysian desserts and savory char kway teow noodles, but that’s exactly what you’ll get at this non-assuming food court counter run by a husband-and-wife duo.

Key Differentiators:

  • Casual food court setting
  • Serves wok noodles and spicy soups
  • Variety of noodles

Customer’s Review:

The shop is conveniently located in the food court which is right next to the town hall station on the corner of Bathurst street and George Street. It’s open for lunch only Monday’s to Friday’s.

Behram Mali

2) Peranakan Place

Key ServicePeranakan cuisine
Address139 Parramatta Road,
Auburn, NSW 2144
Websitehttps://www.peranakanplace.com.au/
Phone0416 182 182
Operating HoursFriday – Sunday
Lunch 11:30AM – 2:30PM
Dinner 5:30PM – 9:30PM
(Last order 9PM)

Try keluak at this Peranakan Place–it might be the only place in all of Australia that has it! Keluak is a poisonous nut, but don’t worry, it’s boiled and covered in ash so that its charcoal-black flesh can be cooked into a rich, herbal curry. This dish is exclusive to the restaurant because it’s Peranakan, and this Auburn eatery is the only Sydney spot to specialise in that style of cooking.

Key Differentiators:

  • Features keluak dish
  • Vegetarian options available
  • Combination of Chinese, Malay and other South East Asian cuisines

Customer’s Review:

Very cute little restaurant, very nice owners and cooks too. The service is fast and food delicious. My favourite of the night was the Kang Kong Belachan, we were only three people but we demolished all of the dishes in the photos even the delicious dessert which I sadly did not take photos of. Will be back again soon!

Melody She

3) Ho Jiak

Key ServiceCreative take on Malaysian cuisine
Address125 York Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Websitehttps://www.hojiak.com.au/
Phone(02) 8065 6954
Emailtownhall@hojiak.com.au
Operating HoursMonday, Tuesday & Wednesday:
11.30am – 2.30pm; 5pm – 9.15pm
Thursday:
11.30am – 2.3opm; 5pm – 9.45pm
Friday & Saturday:
11.30am – 2.30pm; 5pm – 10.45pm
Sunday:
11.30am – 2.30pm; 5pm – 9.15pm

There are three branches, each with a unique mission. Visit the Strathfield location for cheaper street food classics, pay Haymarket a visit to see chef Junda Khoo’s homage to his grandma’s Chinese-Malaysian home cooking, and lastly, stop by Town Hall if you’re looking for a more creative take on Malaysian cuisine – this menu was born from Khoo’s experiments in his own kitchen.

Key Differentiators:

  • Crafted (with a twist) from traditional recipes
  • Affordable
  • Offers street food classics

Customer’s Review:

I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to food but I was really blown away by the amazing flavours at Ho Jiak. It’s not your typical Malaysian fare, but rather a more creative and tasty.

Jim

4) Amah

Key ServiceHome-style Malaysian cooking
AddressKiosk 1 & 2, The District, Podium Level, Chatswood Interchange, 436 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/amah.hojiak/
Phone+61 2 9170 4714
Emailamah@hojiak.com.au
Operating HoursMonday
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday
CLOSED
Wednesday
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Friday
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The menus at Ho Jiak and Mr Wong’s former head chef, Loong Oon’s restaurant are a magical tribute to his grandmother. With dishes including soy-braised pork belly, a deceptively simple king-prawn black-pepper curry, and my personal favorite soup of hand-pounded fish balls in a delicate clear broth. You’re sure to find something you love!

Key Differentiators:

  • Tribute to chef Loong Oon’s grandmother
  • Features soy-braised pork belly and a king-prawn black-pepper curry
  • Hand-pounded fish balls in clear broth soup

Customer’s Review:

Great Malaysian restaurant in the dining precinct above Chatswood station. The price is a little on the high end but the portions are generous and the flavour is amazing! We had the Angus beef rendang, Salt and pepper tofu, chicken wings and Wonton noodles. Our favourite was the duck with its smoky flavour. Highly recommended!

Terence Ha

5) Malay Chinese Takeaway

Key ServiceMalay-Chinese dishes
AddressShop 1, 50-58 Hunter St.
Sydney, NSW 2000
Websitehttps://www.malaychinese.com.au/
Phone0401607168
Operating HoursMonday – Friday 11am – 3pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

If you ask anyone in Sydney about the best laksa, plenty of places will come up in the conversation. Among them will always be Malay Chinese Takeaway. This Hunter Street institution is so popular for this dish that there are regular queues out the door and past the neighbors during weekdays at lunchtime in Sydney’s CBD. The same family who owns this eatery also operate a restaurant of the same name serving similar recipes Darling Harbour.

Key Differentiators:

  • Popular laksa spot
  • Family-owned and operated
  • Laksa is their specialty dish

Customer’s Review:

This place is undoubtedly the best laksa/ Malay Chinese joint in Sydney CBD.

Batzzzy Eatz

6) Penang Cuisine

Key ServiceHome-made Malaysian noodle soup
Address32/74-76 Rawson Street Epping, Epping, NSW, Australia
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/PenangCuisineSydney
EmailPenangCuisineSydney@gmail.com
Operating HoursSunday to Monday
Lunch: 11.30am – 2.30pm
Dinner: 5.30pm – 9pm
Tuesday closed.

Dishes such as curry laksa, smoky char kway teow (stir-fried noodles), and weekly Penang-style specials make this small restaurant famous. If you’re ever in the city of Penang, don’t forget to look out for the assam laksa too! It’s a fish-based style noodle soup with a sour broth and thick rice noodles that is sure to leave you wanting more.

Key Differentiators:

  • Famous for its curry laksa
  • Serves fish-based style noodle soup
  • Generous servings

Customer’s Review:

Hands down the best Authentic Malaysian Restaraunt i have been to, thank you so much to the owners the food is always amazing Especially the Laksas ! Highly recommend to visit this place.

Cleo Fernandez

7) Mamak – Haymarket

Key ServiceBuzzing, contemporary Malaysian restaurant
Address15 Goulburn Street, Haymarket NSW 2000
Websitehttps://mamak.com.au/
Phone(02) 9211 1668
Operating Hourslunch 11:30 – 2:00 (mon-fri) | 11:30 – 3:00 (sat & sun)
dinner 5:30 – 9:30 (sun-thu) | 5:30 – 10:30 (fri & sat)

The Mamak restaurants were originally just an alleyway restaurant serving up Malaysian-Indian street food, but they’ve since become a multi-city chain. They’re still one of the only places where you can get roti that’s cooked fresh for every order. If you order that plus a few curries and some sambal, you’ll be all set!

Key Differentiators:

  • Award-winning Malaysian restaurant
  • Serving satay, noodles & desserts like sweet roti
  • Quick service

Customer’s Review:

The roti is definitely the highlight! Chicken satay is something you have to try as well. The dessert however was overly sweet. I will be back for more.

William Le

8) Temasek

Key ServiceSimple restaurant offering Singaporean-Malay cuisine
Address71 George St, NSW 2150
(02) 9633 9926
Websitehttps://www.temasekrestaurant.com/
Phone(02) 9633 9926
Emailcontact@temasekrestaurant.com
Operating HoursWednesday – Sunday
Lunch 11:30am – 2:30pm Dinner 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Though it’s technically a Singaporean restaurant, Temasek is spiritually close enough to Malaysia to be included here. The several decades-old Parramatta restaurant is particularly famous for its Hainan chicken, Singapore chilli crab (order ahead for that) and laksa. The latter is made with a curry paste that’s prepped in-house the old-school way, using a mortar and pestle.

Key Differentiators:

  • Serves nasi lemak & beef rendang
  • Serves Singapore chilli crab
  • Old-school way of cooking

Customer’s Review:

Probably one of the best laskas around Sydney. Had some veggie spring rolls and curry puffs to start off which were very tasty. Service was great and the main portions were big. A bit pricier than a few other places but well worth it. Little parking lot next to the place but gets very busy, best to plan in advance where to park.

Albert Huynh

9) Albee’s Kitchen

Key ServiceA large variety of menu items
AddressCampsie, 279 Beamish St, Campsie NSW 2194, Australia
Websitehttps://albeeskitchen.com.au/
Phone(02) 9718 8302
Operating HoursMonday 10:30AM–3PM, 4:30–9PM
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10:30AM–3PM, 4:30–9PM
Thursday 10:30AM–3PM, 4:30–9PM
Friday 10:30AM–3PM, 4:30–9PM
Saturday 10:30AM–9PM
Sunday 10:30AM–9PM

It’s incredible that a restaurant with so many menu items and so many different locations (this is the original) keeps it all together. Chef Albee Thu has maintained a strong reputation in the Malaysian community for years for dedicating herself to making an extraordinary amount of dishes (including a full range of Malaysian sweets). She’s committed to recreating her dishes exactingly, so that they taste just like how she remembers them in Malaysia.

Key Differentiators:

  • One of the most popular Malaysian restaurants in Sydney
  • Committed to recreating her dishes exactly
  • Tastes just like Malaysia

Customer’s Review:

Amazing Malaysian food, massive portions and so tasty. I had the seafood laksa and there was two types of noodles and loads of seafood, I’m stuffed! If you aren’t starving I recommend getting one dish between two and maybe a side or two.

Lorraine

10) Istana

Key ServiceTraditional Malaysian restaurant
Address15/230 Pennant Hills Rd, Thornleigh NSW 2120, Australia
Websitehttps://www.instagram.com/istana.restaurant/
Phone+61 2 9481 8855
Operating HoursMonday 4:45–9:30PM
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 4:45–9:30PM
Thursday 4:45–9:30PM
Friday 4:45–9:30PM
Saturday 11:45AM–3PM, 4:45–10PM
Sunday 11:45AM–3PM, 4:45–10PM

If you’re looking for an authentic ’90s Malaysian dining experience, this is the restaurant for you. The waitstaff is chatty and attentive, and the interior is reminiscent of a forest glen. You can expect huge servings here too – definitely enough to satisfy your appetite!

Key Differentiators:

  • Serves Malaysian-Chinese dishes
  • Bright, unpretentious dining room
  • Cooked fresh with quality ingredients

Customer’s Review:

One of the best Malaysian-Chinese food in Sydney. Everything is always cooked fresh with quality ingredients. My favourites are fried rice, pork loin and kapitan chicken. Price is a bit on the higher range considering the location, but it’s definitely worth it. Don’t miss it when you’re in the area.

Wilsen Tjhung

11) Ikhwan Cafe

Key ServiceExtensive Malaysian menu
Addressshop 2/1-27 Murray St, Pyrmont NSW 2009, Australia
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/ikhwancafesydney/
Phone+61 412 204 769
Operating HoursDaily 11AM–8PM

Most would find it strange that this restaurant, with its simple fit-out and pay-what-you-want charity dinners, is actually owned by a large Malaysian conglomerate. What’s more, it’s one of the only halal or Malay-run Malaysian restaurants in Sydney—offering residents a unique opportunity to try butterfly pea spiced blue rice with Malay style fried chicken and other specialties not often found outside of Malaysia.

Key Differentiators:

  • One of the only halal or Malay-run Malaysian restaurants in Sydney
  • Offers residents a unique opportunity to try butterfly pea spiced blue rice with Malay style fried chicken
  • Other specialties not often found outside of Malaysia

Customer’s Review:

Nice fresh food, made to order. Clean premises. Lovely fresh iced tea. Great prices and serving sizes. We happened to come across this place and were so glad we went in. Lots more on the menu that we didn’t get to try yet- would be happy to come back. Great location in Pyrmont. Thank you for the lovely meal.

J

12) Hawker Street

Key ServiceSmall menu with Malaysian classics
Address4/16 Terminus St, Castle Hill NSW 2154, Australia
Websitehttps://www.hawkerstreet.com.au/
Phone61413 147 688
Operating HoursMonday 10:30AM–5PM
Tuesday 10:30AM–5PM
Wednesday 10:30AM–5PM
Thursday 10:30AM–8PM
Friday 10:30AM–5PM
Saturday 10:30AM–5PM
Sunday 10:30AM–3PM

If you’re looking for a taste of Malaysia, look no further than Nelson Chin’s food court stall. His small menu features classics like char kway teow, laksa and har mee (prawn noodle soup), which are particular favorites among the Malaysian community in the area.

Key Differentiators:

  • Located in a food court
  • Favorites among the Malaysian community
  • Quick and easy eats

Customer’s Review:

Update: went back a second time to take away chicken laksa, and bakwa – all delicious. I am completely sold on this little spot!

Pamela S.

13) Malacca Straits on Broadway

Key ServiceMalaysian and Thai street food
Address66 Mountain Street
(Entry through the Quadrant Building)
Broadway NSW 2007
Websitehttps://www.malaccastraitsbroadway.com.au/
Phone(02) 8021 7069
Emailmalaccastraitsbroadway@yahoo.com
Operating HoursMonday to Saturday 12.00PM – 8.30PM
Sunday CLOSED

This restaurant is hidden in the courtyard of an apartment complex, but it’s well worth seeking out. They have a legendary laksa, as well as all the other Malaysian classics. Plus, you can bring your own crab here – which is pretty rare for any restaurant in Sydney!

Key Differentiators:

  • With a simple dining room opening onto a plaza
  • Hawker-style and hard-to-find regional dishes
  • With premium local ingredient

Customer’s Review:

Delicious foods with very good price and generous portion. The owner is very nice and friendly. Service is awesome, all my orders came quick. Definitely will be my favorite resto.

Vita Fitrian

14) Sedap Malaysian Kopitiam

Key ServiceAuthentic and traditional Malaysian cuisine
Address594 Harris Street, Ultimo, NSW, Australia
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063598178484
Phone+61 2 9282 9883
Operating HoursTues to Sun
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Although you can find Jimmy’s Recipe in food courts, that doesn’t mean the food is low quality, especially when you compare it to other restaurants’ price points. With meals ranging from $11-$14, Jimmy’s Recipe is a great affordable option.

Key Differentiators:

  • Busy, vibrantly coloured eatery 
  • Serving classic Malaysian hawker dishes 
  • Quick and friendly service

Customer’s Review:

Very authentic and traditional Malaysian cuisine with quick and friendly service. We had a range of vegetarian dishes including gado gado, laksa, and omelette and all were very satisfying and delicious. Coconut rice was also amazing. It’s cash only here so keep that in mind. Some dishes were a bit spicy for the kids but we all still really enjoyed it.

Paolo B

15) PappaRich

Key ServiceDelicately crafted Malaysian dishes
AddressMarket St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Websitehttps://www.papparich.net.au/
Phone+61 2 9235 0064
Operating HoursMonday 11AM–7PM
Tuesday 11AM–7PM
Wednesday 11AM–7PM
Thursday 11AM–9PM
Friday 11AM–7PM
Saturday 11AM–7PM
Sunday 11AM–6PM

PappaRich, having opened eight years ago in Australia and now with six locations across Sydney, seeks to become the global brand name of Malaysian cuisine. Their modern take on traditional Malaysian coffee-shop fare has been successful thus far; for example, their sambal Nasi Lemak and silky smooth Curry Laksa broth add spice to more than 50 different drinks available on the menu.

Key Differentiators:

  • Modern take on traditional Malaysian coffee-shop fare
  • Sambal Nasi Lemak and silky smooth Curry Laksa broth
  • 50 different drink options

Customer’s Review:

Ate here two nights in a row with my mum. So good. Perfect place to eat if your on holidays at the CBD. Thank you for the yummy Laksa.

Fiona Cumming

16) Laksa King

Key ServiceThai and Malaysian dishes
Address37-39 Erskine St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Websitehttps://www.laksaking.com.au/
Phone+61 2 9290 3680
Operating HoursMon to Fri 10AM–3PM

Though Laksa King’s broth taste might be slightly different, it is still comparable to the famously delicious offering at Malay Chinese Takeaway. Consequently, if Laksa King is not number one in Sydney, then it all boils down to personal preferences.

Key Differentiators:

  • Casual counter-serve joint
  • Wide range of laksas
  • With a welcoming ambience

Customer’s Review:

Great laksa, one of my top laksas in Sydney CBD! You can choose your laksa as mild, medium or spicy too! Service is quick and friendly. Love how they don’t use disposable bowls and cutlery when dining in.

tastysydney

17) The Malaya

Key ServiceClassic Malaysian cuisine
Address39 Lime St Sydney, 2000
Websitehttps://themalaya.com.au/
Phone(02) 9279 1170
Emailreception@themalaya.com.au
Operating HoursLunch hours:
• Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00pm
• Takeaway available from 12:00pm
Dinner Hours:
• Tuesday to Friday from 6:00pm and Saturday from 5:30pm

Sydney’s first Malaysian restaurant provided a foundation for the growth of Malaysian food culture, not just in Sydney but throughout Australia. After a few decades, laksa became commonly seen in food courts and restaurants throughout the city. In addition to those classics, we can now find Malaysian restaurants across Sydney that serve all sorts of different dishes. These places draw from the diverse ethnic groups and cuisines present in Malaysia.

Key Differentiators:

  • Inspired by the aromatic and spice-driven Nonya flavours
  • Contemporary space
  • Unique range of Southeast Asian cuisine

Customer’s Review:

Thus one has been on my last for 5 years since I first went there and yes I am glad I was able to go. Limited menu for vegetarians but the perfection of flavour in all of them. Szechuan Eggplant and Savour Otak are my favourites. We also ordered roti canai and salt/pepper Cauliflower. Will go there again for sure.

P L

18) Ya-Malaysia Chatswood

Key ServiceVegetarian Malaysian food
Addresshop 3/42 Walker St, Rhodes, NSW 2138
Websitehttp://www.yamalaysia.com.au/
Phone(02) 8937 3506
Operating HoursDaily 11AM–3PM, 5:30–8PM

Looking to transported to Malaysia without leaving home? Look no further than Ya-Malaysia on Victoria Avenue in Chatswood. This trendy restaurant, located in the dining precinct of Chatswood Interchange, boasts a large open plan layout with hanging pot plants, neon signage and a cheeky mural of Malaysian children riding a bicycle on the wall. From a menu showcasing premium local produce, kick start your culinary adventure with BBQ chicken wings, deep-fried wontons and spring rolls; or dip a spoon into noodle soups such as prawn laksa, or beef and vegetable.

Key Differentiators:

  • Good menu variety
  • Trendy restaurant with a large open plan layout
  • Menu showcases premium local produce

Customer’s Review:

Food tastes super authentic and delicious. Cannot recommend this place enough! The butter egg king prawns are a must try! Restaurant staff are super hospitable and nice. Will definitely be back!

Addie

19) Raina Classic Malay

Key ServiceBest Malay food within an affordable price range
Address2/340 Guildford Rd, Guildford NSW 2161, Australia
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/YummyMalayFood/
Phone+61 2 9788 3444
Operating HoursTues to Sun 12–9PM

With almost 30 years of experience in the industry, Raina Classic Malay Cuisine is one of Sydney’s most well-known and highly regarded Malaysian restaurants. Located on Auburn Road in Auburn, this restaurant specialises in classic Nonya cuisine with a focus on fresh seafood. The menu features all of your Malaysian favourites including laksa.

Key Differentiators:

  • Great selection
  • Serves authentic Penangites cuisine
  • Friendly staff and quick service

Customer’s Review:

Wonderful experience. Got transported to Malaysia for a short while. Authentic Malaysian Malay food experience. Food had that genuine flavour that Malaysians can appreciate. They could do better on the cleanliness and ambience part. Service was pleasant, warm, and welcoming. Portions of food was wonderful. Pricing very affordable. Overall, a very good experience for my whole family! Cannot wait to go again.

Nanda

20) Berempah

Key ServiceAuthentic Asian and Malaysian cuisines
AddressShop 10 & 14, 331-335 Barrenjoey Rd,
Newport NSW 2106
Websitehttps://www.berempahmalaysian.com.au/
Phone0299973450
Operating HoursMonday- Thursday : 5.00-9.30 PM
Friday- Sunday: 12.00-3.00 PM and 5.00-9.30PM

Berempah is a Malaysian-inspired Willoughby eatery situated on Willoughby Road that will leave your taste buds wanting more. With its ambient appearance, soft light glowing from caged globes overhead, and one wall adorned in timber wine racks while the other plastered in black and white photography, caricature portraits, and posters from an era gone by–this elongated room is sure to create a warm dining experience.

Key Differentiators:

  • Famous for serving the widest array of Authentic Asian and Malaysian Cuisines
  • Wide range of Malaysian dishes
  • Service is prompt and efficient

Customer’s Review:

Great service and fantastic food, we have been here several times and the staff have always been friendly and attentive.

Paul

Malaysian Restaurant Sydney

If you’re looking for an authentic Malaysian dining experience in Sydney, then be sure to check out one of the Malaysian restaurant Sydney on this list. They offer a wide range of Malaysian dishes that will leave your taste buds wanting more. The staff are friendly and efficient, and the prices are affordable. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your next Malaysian culinary adventure today!

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