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Istana Malaysia Restaurant

1-5 Allen Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-801 7989
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Overview
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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CUISINES
Asian, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
1-5 Allen Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 456 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went because of the positive reviews on TripAdvisor but found the meal disappointing. Chicken Korma consisted of chicken pieces swimming in a runny green sauce that didn’t look appetizing and didn’t taste good either. Edible but not enjoyable. What I saw on other guests’ plates...More

Thank Katja-Halifax
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’m from Malaysia and the food served in this restaurant is even nicer than the food served in Malaysia.All of their food is a must try and treat yourself some delicious Malaysian food at Istana Malaysia

Thank Aric T
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for coming and trying our food and service! Looking forward to seeeing you again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Friends from Australia (by way of Singapore) took us here on our 1st visit to Wellington. We were impressed by the freshness of the flavors and the superb service. All first rate!

Thank KirbyKC
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for coming and trying our food and service! Looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was there for dinner. Service was prompt and fast. The menu looked good and had a good selection, but the dish itself was fairly average. It felt like all spices were forgotten, sorry, a real disappointment!

1  Thank HelloKiwi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been in this restaurant a couple of times. Real fresh tasty food, which is serve without delay and you can see the chef cooking from your table. Very clean place with a nice atmosphere and very polite staff. Very good value for money...More

Thank cgp76
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear cgp76. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience at Istana Malaysia when every time you come. We make sure we do the best we can and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

Been here a few times over the years and always find the food fresh, tasty and very good value. With mains at around $20 it’s not much more than fast food options but 100 times better. Enjoyed their nasi goreng on the latest visit which...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hello dear. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience at Istana Malaysia and we look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Visited here by chance and the food was great. Would recommend it if you are looking to try authentic Malaysian food. Would definitely go again

Thank Bill T
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Bill T. Thanks for coming and trying our food and service!. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 12 October 2017

I'm of age where BYO's are very common and have been to a fair few. I had never been to this place before, it was picked by a friend for her birthday dinner. I have to admit i will never be coming back or recommend...More

Thank Amy S
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Kia ora Amy S Thank you for your review We apologise for the experience you have had. We only served one incorrect order, which happened to be your meal that was the wrong spice level. We immediately replaced it and apologised. We usually allocate meals...More

Reviewed 7 October 2017

this restaurant was recommended by our taxi driver as a great place to eat and we were not disappointed. fantastic food, great service, good atmosphere and reasonably priced. extensive menu - the beef rendang was amazing. would highly recommend, especially if you enjoy good Asian...More

Thank medievalscot
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Dear Medievalscot. Thanks to the taxi driver :-). We are so glad you enjoyed your experience at Istana Malaysia and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 6 October 2017

Welcoming atmosphere with friendly service and great food that is modestly priced. Beef rendang is a sensational dish - tender beef in a sauce of root vegetables spices and coconut served with rice.

Thank waterside75
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 11 - USD 16
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1-5 Allen Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: +64 4-801 7989
  • E-mail
Description
Welcome to Istana Malaysia in Wellington. Istana Malaysia translates to Palace of Malaysia, where the royals dwell and are served the finest Malaysian cuisine. First established on August 31st 1994, Istana Malaysia has long been recognised by its clientele as the best Malaysian restaurant in town. We warmly welcome you to come in and sample the rich and complex flavours of Malaysian cooking. Book a table for lunch or dinner at our fully licensed restaurant and experience the real taste of Malaysia! At Istana Malaysia each meal is cooked to order using fresh and authentic ingredients and methods. All spices are directly imported from Malaysia, guaranteeing that you will receive only the finest in traditional Malaysian cuisine. Each dish offers you a choice of mild, medium or hot to accommodate your individual tastes and preferences. From spicy satay and invigorating soups to indulgent banquets, Istana Malaysia's menu reflects the full spectrum of the Malay kitchen.
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