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The Malaya Restaurant

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by Faye (subscribe)
I love travelling and writing, meeting people and experiencing foodie places.
Published June 2nd 2015
Best Malaysian Cuisine
Across from the busy shopping and restaurant area of Harbourside is the Cockle Bay precinct of restaurants and cafes. Though many of these eateries have nice views over the water, it's a busy pedestrian district. If you're after a quieter vicinity to eat out though, walk to the back streets near the Sydney Aquarium where there are some lovely restaurants to satisfy the hungry crowd.


Twelve of us, six adults and six teens, descended on The Malaya recently, to savour classic Malaysian cuisine. The Malaya is a large restaurant with gorgeous water views.


We chose a number of dishes for us to share, including San Choy Bow, Haian Chicken, Nasi Goreng, Chicken Pepper, Beef Rendang, and Kapitan Chicken. There may have been one or two more dishes, but the dishes arrived thick and fast, so it was hard to keep up with the various foodie names. I just enjoyed the experience, as did all in our group.


Their open kitchen was a sight to behold. Many chefs, many hands, a regimented slice of the restaurant.


The staff were very helpful with any questions, and the service was professional. The dishes at The Malaya are not cheap; perhaps customers pay for the location. But from famished to full, our stomachs were not lacking.


From The Malaya, we strolled across the bridge to Harbourside for ice-creams at Andersens Ice Creamery, and Chocolateria San Churro. A fitting end to a wonderful meal-fest.

If you venture to the restaurants in the Darling Harbour area on Saturday nights, you will be treated to a fireworks display at 8:30 pm. It was colourful, exciting and spectacular. Be warned, though, it's busy. Darling Harbour attracts locals and overseas visitors with its huge array of eateries and the many attractions that circle the waterway.


The Malaya will be closing for refurbishment soon, and will re-open in early July, so it will be an experience to see what the new revamp will unveil.
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Why? Great Malaysian cuisine
When: Mon - Sat 12 noon - 2:00 pm; Dinner 7 days, starts 6:00 pm
Phone: 9279 1170
Where: 39 Lime St, Sydney NSW
Cost: Various
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