This venue is permanently closed and no longer trading
Nonya refers to the intermarriage of Malay an Chinese culture that arose from the descendants of early Chinese immigrants to Malaysia, who are otherwise known as the Straits Chinese or Peranakan or baba-nyonya (baba - male, nyonya - female). The integration of the two cultures produced a unique fusion cuisine that is popular in Malaysia.
The Nonya Malaysian Restaurant in Sydney is hidden up one flight of stairs on the corner of Goulburn and Dixon Streets in Chinatown. It is a relatively new place and was one of the Top 10 Restaurant Finalists in the City of Sydney Small Business Award 2012. Nonya serves authentic and delicious Malaysian fare but not strictly Nonya (there is no sign of the iconic "kuih" in Nonya cuisine - a traditional cake/dessert usually made with pandan essence, coconut milk, glutinous rice).
Dishes served at Nonya that deserve special mention include those that use classic ingredients featured in Nonya cooking such as Assam (tamarind) that produces a sour but awesome pairing with prawns, as well as the kapitan chicken curry. We tried the Salmon Fish Curry which was super delicious. Other chef recommendations include the Singapore Chilli Crab.
Singapore Chilli Crab - Image from Nonya Facebook Page
There is a $9.80 lunch deal for a variety of dishes, such as Hainan chicken rice which was really good, even down to the ginger and chilli condiments. Other crowd favourites included in the lunch special include Chicken Curry Laksa, Char Kuay Teow, Hokkien Noodles, Singapore Hor Fun, Roti Prata and Gado gado (salad). Kangkung (water spinach) fried with belacan (shrimp paste) is also on the menu.
Hainan Chicken Rice - Image from Nonya Facebook Page
For dessert, we ordered ice kacang (shaved ice with flavouring, coconut milk, herbal grass jelly, cendol and peanuts). This did not disappoint!
If you are craving good Malaysian food (authentic but not strictly Nonya) then find a chance to visit the Nonya Malaysian Restaurant in Chinatown (look for the flight of stairs to the right of the elevators to make sure you're at the right place)!
Very bad experience, never go again!
We have purchased 3 different Groupon Vouchers when they came up; then straingtaway call them to make booking to have dinner there in 2 weeks times, booking was confirmed by one of the staff member. But when we show up on the day that we've booked, the staff at the front said our booking not on the list and refused to serve us even we've driven from more that 20km to there; after spoke to the boss there, still didn't get served. Also the boss said "you only paying small amount", I didn't know what she meant by that; so good luck guys if you decide to eat there.
BEWARE the fine print, rules and run-around if trying to use a Groupon voucher to eat here. They make it very difficult to do so successfully. Like the previous poster, we were unable to even get inside. Based on the reception we got--plus comments on this and other review sites--it is my belief they do this intentionally. It's a great scam to get folks to pay upfront and then provide them with NOTHING. We used multiple Groupon vouchers for our visit to Sydney and have nothing but good things to say about each of the others. NOT so with Nonya!