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“We found this gem in Maleny purely by chance and we were not disappointed.”
Review of Maleny Palace Cafe

Maleny Palace Cafe
Ranked #15 of 75 Restaurants in Maleny
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Reviewed 1 May 2024

My wife and I had occasion in September 2023 to visit Maleny in the heart of the Queensland Sunshine Coast Hinterland, (105 kilometres north of Brisbane), to attend one of my niece’s wedding at Tiffany’s Wedding Centre overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains.

We stayed at Tranquil Park, which was adequate for our needs and close to all the places we needed to visit during our stay. Its feature was the amazing views it offers of the Glasshouse Mountains.

On our first night in Maleny we decided to eat out and so we initially settled on the nearby Sukothai Restaurant about 5 kilometres away with its great reputation for good Thai cuisine. However, being told that we would have to wait over an hour to get a table, we changed plans. We ventured into Maleny itself, drove around and there before our eyes in Coral Street we fell upon the Maleny Palace Café. So with our love of Vietnamese food we decided to give the place a try.

We were not disappointed. The Maleny Palace is a little gem in the town and proved to be a delightful surprise packet for us.

From the outside the place is nothing to write home about and it is very inconspicuous at night time and certainly doesn’t stand out. However, once inside you get a different picture entirely with nice alcoves of attractive wooden tables and chairs and a homely look. The décor is simple with limited artefacts. A good feature above our table was a large television screen providing a continual slide show of different art works and outstanding photography. Watching these spectacular images whiled away the time while I was waiting for our meal to be served.

What stood out for us was the friendly staff and the sensational food on offer. We shared three dishes which included a delicious fried rice, a vegetable dish and a meat dish and we had an entrée of spring rolls and prawn crackers. We had a bit of a wait for our food to arrive – however, I never mind this because it tells me it is being cooked properly and not just pre made and heated in a microwave. When it did arrive we really enjoyed the moment. The food was very well presented and came to us nice and hot. For drinks my wife had a zero percent beer and I enjoyed a very refreshing lychee juice drink with generous lychees in the bottom of the glass.

We understand the place is very popular for lunches every day and it can cater for large groups looking for a celebration. There were not many patrons here on the night we called – but that did not matter. The food was great and the experience very memorable. In fact the Thai restaurant we missed out on did us a favour by being so busy that night.

We thoroughly recommend this place to anyone looking for a bite to eat while in Maleny and when we return to the town we hope to call in again.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Thank Geoff C
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Reviewed 29 April 2024

My friends recommended this restaurant a lot so I finally decided to give it a try. Excellent food, and the service was amazing, the whole experience is *chef kiss*.

Definitely will return soon.

Date of visit: March 2024
Thank yoncé B
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Reviewed 8 April 2024 via mobile

What a gem! We happened upon this cute restaurant whilst wandering around Maleny village on a Monday. Delicious, authentic Vietnamese food under beautiful trees next to the Maleny library and riverwalk. Bonus we could have our dog on the cute deck out front. Very friendly service, yummy lychee iced tea, homemade wontons, papaya salad and pineapple fried rice filled with chicken and prawns.. all amazing! Generous servings too. Highly recommended!

Date of visit: April 2024
Thank Sharon R
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Reviewed 17 February 2024 via mobile

Great delicious meal and excellent service.

This was the first night of new management and the team are excellent.

Could not fault any dish we had - and the staff were super friendly

Will return again

Date of visit: February 2024
3  Thank Brent T
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Reviewed 17 February 2024

The three worst experiences I have had with food outlets have all been with the Maleny Palace Cafe. After two bad experiences with dreadful service and disorganisation a year ago, we said "never again". Last night we decided to give them another chance and see if they had improved. However, if anything, they've got worse. Ordered takeaway by phone at 4.30pm, was told it would be ready to collect at 5.30pm, finally got the meals at 6.20pm. No apology. The place was in chaos and a woman who had been waiting for an hour still didn't have her food. We have spoken to the management about the experience, but no apology or compensation was offered. No third chance for these turkeys.

Date of visit: January 2024
Thank Terry R
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