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Malabar @ Crows Nest

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334 Pacific Hwy, Crows Nest, North Sydney, New South Wales 2065, Australia
+61 2 9906 7343
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
Closed now
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Sun - Fri 12:00 - 14:30
Sun - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was very good but not great for the price- 2 people , no wine, $140. The Dosai didn't have much filling, and there were limited menu choices.

Thank John W
WilsonVarghese, Owner at Malabar @ Crows Nest, responded to this review

It is difficult to determine how 2 people can spend $140 with no wine. Our Malabar Banquet which includes 3 entrees and 3 mains (which are unlimited) with rice, naans and sides is only $40 per person. Nevertheless we thank you for your comments and hope to see you again soon. More 

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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely fantastic food. Great service, very friendly staff & child friendly. Do not miss out on trying the dosa. Must visit!

Thank Seshasayee N
Orbost, Australia
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The perfect place to sample southern Indian dishes. The dosa are delicious and should be included on your menu. Another great specialty is the Goan Fish Curry. Round out your choices with some of the vegetarian dishes and you won't be disappointed. Service is prompt and staff are friendly and efficient. Book to avoid disappointment on the weekend.

Thank Diane M
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Having visited the restaurant over the years, Malabar possibly serves the best dosa in Sydney. Not the biggest fan of other items as i freq uent for dosa only but have fried other items over the years. Chilli crab when in season is worth it

Thank Vivek S
Sydney, Australia
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

On our recent visit to this restaurant last week, we tried different dishes - and they were excellent again! We tried the Grilled Fish for Entree, Chicken Tikka Masala, Goan Fish curry and Paratha. The Paratha was one of the best Paratha's we have had in recent times. We usually eat the Dosais here, so this was a diversion from... More 

Thank Pri_Sydney
Adelaide, Australia
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162 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

The stand outs here are the dhosas though I had lovely somas as followed by a delicious Keralan beef curry. One of the nicest Indian dishes I have had for a long time, perfectly balanced flavours and tender meat. Friendly staff in a busy and popular restaurant.

Thank michael p
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

This is one of the best Indian restaurants in Crows nest. The Dosais are the real star, but all of the food is good.

Thank Tflare
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

The food was amazing & the service fantastic. Highly recommended the vegetarian potatoes dosai. Must try

Thank Hafi b
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

We love malabar! There are definitely some dishes on the menu that are guaranteed to be amazing. The dosa and chicken tikka masala are favourites. The food is good clean and also advises dietary/allergy of Dairy & Gluten. The services is always polite and never over bearing (which I think is annoying in some restaurants). Definitely a hidden gem in... More 

Thank Anne W
Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We are from Melbourne the "restaurant capital" of Australia so we were looking for a restaurant for my daughter in laws birthday, the recommendation was Malabar. Parking on the Pacific Highway is not easy but we managed a spot, booking is a must as it fills up on both levels. We ordered Fish Curry, Lamb rogan josh, Butter chicken, Prawn... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 334 Pacific Hwy, Crows Nest, North Sydney, New South Wales 2065, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Sydney  >  North Sydney  >  Crows Nest
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9906 7343

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We came to your restaurant tonight and were very disappointed as we had rang and booked a high chair and when we got there we were told that because it's busy we can't have one and was offered a booster seat which is not the same!! The guy in the front desk (not sure if he's the owner or whatever, doesn't make a difference) was not very apologetic about the whole situation and just rudely explained that it's busy tonight and that they only have two chairs. I'm sorry but that's not my problem and I was not told at time of booking. So we had to leave which ruined our whole night as you can imagine we had a 2 year old and it's not easy to just wander around looking for another place to eat. And even when we walked out the guy at the front desk didn't seem to care, such bad customer service!! You might get a lot of people coming in but you have to remember if people have a bad experience they may not return and word of mouth spreads fast. We actually came last Sunday as well and again we had booked a high chair and when we arrived there were none available but we waited and was told we will get one soon and there was a nice waiter who sincerely apologised and made it worth the wait, much better than the treatment we got tonight!!!!!!! We didn't want to argue as it was late already.

When are you expecting to get more high chairs so this doesn't happen again??? And can you please advise families who require high chairs at the time of booking that it's subject to availability so they are not made to wait. And maybe try and be more apologetic when you are not able to provide your customers with their requirements, instead of making them feel like it was their fault!!!

I look forward to a reply. We came this weekend because we had a good time last weekend but from what happened tonight I don't know!!!!!


Christina Katsiambirtas

7 months ago

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?