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Istana Restaurant

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230-238 Pennant Hills Rd | Shop 15, Thornleigh, Hornsby, New South Wales 2120, Australia
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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17:00 - 22:00
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Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you've eaten in Malaysia, this place will feel immediately familiar. It's busy, bustling, noisy and filled with exotic tastes and aromas. Portions are generous, typically two mains will feed 3 - 4 adults, so choose wisely, or plan on a repeat visit. The setting is very basic, but the restaurant is extremely clean and well run. The management run... More 

Thank Christopher M
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64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed a Malaysian meal here. Food was quite authentic and it was very popular for a Sunday night. Lots of family groups, couples and friends were dining. This place has been here for a long time so very popular with locals and others alike. Good service and there is a 3% discount if you pay by cash. Bonus!

1 Thank Jean G
Sydney, Australia
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97 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

This Malaysian Restaurant also serves Chinese creations. We found the food very tasty, with generous portion sizes. Service was quick and friendly staff were very helpful. The menu was extensive. The restaurant was bright and clean, though a little crowded. Prices were slightly above average, but not unreasonable.

Thank Bevan H
Sydney, Australia
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195 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

The Malaysian Chilli crab was on special so we decided to try. The crabs were fresh, the sauce was a nice consistency and tasty although not quite Malaysian style. Went well with the roti. The other dishes were the Ho Chien (oyster omelette), the Wa Tan Hor and the Istana Squid. While the Istana Squid was well done, tasty, the... More 

Thank Sassychix
Level Contributor
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

The awkward pale pink walls and Bahamas style counter oddly makes it feel like an authentic Asian restaurant. The food here is the real deal. Their homemade egg tofu is My all time fave. Their sweet Sweet And sour pork is a must have. And their rice is served in a traditional stainless steel rice warmer. Oh And their toilets... More 

Thank jamiet135
Level Contributor
6 reviews
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Very disappointing service. The tables were placed so closed to each other I felt like we were dinning with the guests next to us. They also charged us for “tea” per person when they did not inform us it’ll occur cost. Then 3/4 of the way, they took the tea pot away and then when we ask them to return... More 

Thank Maisie2000
Sydney, Australia
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105 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

The older lady at the counter yelled at us so we left after being vacuum cleaned out all over our dining area.

Thank Daniel_khyi
Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

My partner and I wanted to try a different restaurant but stay local so after a quick internet search I came across this place and read the reviews. Like the other reviewers said, the food is amazing. Definitely have the Malaysian Lobah for entree. We both agreed that we could have just that for mains! My partner ordered the teriyaki... More 

Thank Aimee P
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62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

The food here is good value & makes your tastebuds sing.Roti with lamb or chicken curry .Amassive serving of laksa & also fried rice.Service is another issue.We had to ask for extra roti & soft dribk twice.Then the extra roti was not ob the bill.It is worth going there for the food alone but don't expect amazing service

Thank Taveaholic
Brisbane, Australia
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246 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

This is one restaurant we keep on coming back to every time we are in Sydney. The most flavourful and aromatic food comes out of the kitchen fast and they never disappoint. It is always the same consistent great tasting Malaysian food. Great to bring friends to for an exotic dinner.

Thank Lulu N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Malaysian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 230-238 Pennant Hills Rd | Shop 15, Thornleigh, Hornsby, New South Wales 2120, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Sydney  >  Hornsby  >  Thornleigh
  • Phone Number: 9481-8855

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