Malabar in Darlinghurst was established in 2003.New-Malabar-Logo-Round-1024x881

Relocated in December 2014, the opening of the new Malabar on the corner of Victoria and Craigend St, captures the essence of over 22 years of extensive experience, skills and knowledge of Chef Mohammed, reflecting the culinary legacy of South India. Still to this day, he handpicks all fresh produce, only allowing the best ingredients entering the kitchen. True to his philosophy; only if using the best produce available, can the best food be produced. Every onion is hand peeled, every piece of meat is hand cut and the spices are grounded on the premises. Respecting the thousands of years of culinary development in India, every dish is cooked true to its ancient recipes. At Malabar, taste sensations are the pillar of the kitchen, where exquisite recipes come together to ensure an experience that reiterates the greatness of South India with novel additions to the menu, allowing the modern Indian cuisine entering the culinary legacy of Chef Mohammed  and  Malabar South Indian Cuisine.

Sprawled over a open space,  the 110 seater Malabar, is one of the most atmospheric and comfortable restaurants in the Darlinghurst area. It offers a range of dining options from large group tables, through to intimate tables for two and takeaway.
Located within an easy walk of trains, buses and parking stations, it’s perfectly placed for a quick lunch, a feast dinner, large celebratory events and family get togethers.

Welcome to Malabar – for a trip down India’s most famous Spice Trail!

The Famous Spice Trail of Kerala

map-SpiceOur Malabar, the restaurants, has been named after the coastal region of Kerala; the powerhouse of Indian spices. Often dubbed the ‘Pepper coast’, Malabar originally founded its wealth and power on growing and exporting spices indigenous to Kerala, flourishing under international Ocean trade. Spices were considered a symbol of wealth and affluence and pepper doubled as a more stable form of currency than money during its phase of initial international fame.

Trailing pepper, followed the discovery of cardamom, ginger, curry leaves and vanilla among many other spices. This is how the famous Spice Trail was created thousands of years ago bringing us the exotic spices of the sub-continent to every nation’s cuisine.


Certificate of Excellence 2015 – Tripadvisor

People’s Choice Award 2015 – Dimmi

Two Chef Hats 2015 – Gault Millau

Best Indian Sydney City 2014 – Menulog 

13 points in Good Food Guide 2016 – Good Food Guide SMH