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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
17:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
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Sun - Thu 17:30 - 21:30
Sun - Fri 12:00 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Haven't been for years but things haven't changed. These people are professional. Attentive but not over the top. Excellent meals. Calm environment... god i love carpet in a restaurant. Will be back soon.

Thank Anthony C
Sydney, Australia
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76 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Midweek dinner with a small group of friends. The food is very good and being Indian, some of it can be spicy so ask if in doubt. Licensed and BYO wine with very reasonable corkage. Plenty of parking in the side streets, probably a bit more challenging Friday night. Very pleasant friendly staff. Tables are sufficiently far apart that you... More 

Thank Bob C
Sydney, Australia
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71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here with friends and were not disappointed. The service was friendly and fast without being obtrusive. We ordered a mini dosa each based on all the good reviews and loved them, although they were rather large! The rest of the meal was delicious, and probably the best curry I have had in Australia. (Apart from my last meal... More 

Thank Tottydownunder
Sydney, Australia
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160 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

South Indian is our preferred region for India quisines. We visited on recommendation and were not disappointed. We were there for lunch and had the lunch special as recommended with a couple of extra entree's. Crispy Barramundi was great. The Masala Dosa's and accompaniments were excellent and the three dishes with the main perfect for our taste. The rice perfect.... More 

Thank Dinkumguy
Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Ordered takeaway from here and it was really nice food, took a long time to get it but the wait was worth it.. really nice flavours!

Thank andiamo2017
Pennant Hills, Australia
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Have been here seversl times over the last few years. The quality of the food is really excellent. The dosai is recommended but it's large. I advise the mini dosai if you want to sample the other delights on offer. Two set price banquets on offer with generous portions. Staff are polite and efficient. If you like South Indian Cuisine,... More 

1 Thank Mikefor01
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 24 March 2017

One of the worst experiences of recent times. Horrible Indian food and bad service. No consideration of customer comments and feedback.

Thank ManishBfoodie
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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167 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Malabar is usually the first restaurant we return to each time we are in Sydney. Excellent menu in a nice setting. Portions are good and we typically end up taking food home the enjoy for lunch.

Thank AnonReviewers
Sydney, Australia
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92 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

This is a lovely restaurant with upstairs and downstairs seating. The service is quick and efficient. We had the Malabar banquet which provides multiple courses. The waiter informed us that they no longer offered the limitless mains, which didn't worry us as we hadn't expected it, but would be worth knowing for people returning. The food was promptly brought and... More 

Thank beachski1007
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51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Favourite for takeaway, the food is fresh, chicken tender and gracious polite service. Recommend the chicken chettinad.

Thank Peter Y

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 23
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
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

over a year ago

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?