Last time, we brought you a list of our favourite Filipino and Vietnamese restaurants. This time, we’re going to share a list of another one of our Southeast Asian favourites: Malaysian Restaurants! 

Ho Jiak

Haymarket / Strathfield

Char Kuay Teow (Photo: Ho Jiak)

Ho Jiak is a Malaysian restaurant with dishes rich in flavour and spice. They offer Wagyu Rendang, Sam Wong Dan and many more traditional dishes. We daresay, they even have the best Char Kuay Teow you can find in Sydney. You may book a reservation using their website. You can find them on UberEats and Deliveroo too!

Haymarket: Sundays to Saturdays, 11 AM to 9 PM
Strathfield: Weekdays, 11 AM to 9 PM; Weekends, 10 AM to 9 PM
Phone: +61 2 8040 0252

Ipoh Town

York / Grosvenor Place / Barangaroo

Ipoh Hor Fun (Photo: Ipoh Town)

Ipoh Town brings Sydney the Malaysian Hawker experience with mouthwatering dishes like Ipoh Hor Fun, Laksa and Satay Chicken Sticks, made using their authentic recipes from home. You can book a reservation on their website or order via Foodora or Deliveroo.

Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Saturdays, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Phone: +61 2 9299 0001

The Malaya

Darling Harbour

Popiah (Photo: The Malaya)

The Malaya was founded in 1963 by Wong See, a man who migrated from Hong Kong to Australia in the 1940s. They serve a different range of Southeast Asian cuisines, all the way back from the recipes in 1963 to new and improved seafood dishes. They have a beautiful water view that makes the experience memorable. You can call their phone to book a table and you can book one on their website as well.

Hours: Wednesdays to Sundays from 12 PM & 6 PM onwards; Weekends, 5:30 PM onwards. Last orders vary from day to day. 
Phone: +61 2 9279 1170


Chinatown / Chatswood

Roti Canai (Photo: Mamak)

Mamak is a restaurant that was once just a market stall in the Chinatown Night Markets. Their roti-flipping and satay-grilling skills leave the customers wanting to come back for their delicious dishes and for their own entertainment as well. You can order from the branch nearest you through their site!

Lunch: Mondays to Fridays, 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM; Saturdays, 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Dinner: Mondays to Thursdays, 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM; Saturdays and Sundays; 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Phone: +61 2 9211 1668

Kopitiam Cafe


Chicken Rice (Photo: Kopitiam)

Looking for tasty Hawker style dishes? Kopitiam Cafe is a Hawker style cuisine in Ultimo that has many different options like Hokkien Noodles, Curry, Chicken Ribs and much more. Their Chicken Rice special that’s only available on weekends have patrons travelling near and far just for it. Customers consider this as a hidden gem because of the dishes rich in flavour and its very affordable price.

Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM 
Phone: +61 2 9282 9883

Laksa King


Chicken Laksa (Photo: Laksa King)

Laksa King is here to serve you with their Award Winning Laksa, ranging from Vegetables/Tofu Laksa, Chicken/Beef Laksa, Seafood Laksa and a lot more. They even have Wok Fried Specialties like Mamak Mee Goreng and Nasi Goreng, and even more options on their menu. Message their Facebook page or call their phone to make a reservation, or use UberEats for delivery.

Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM; Saturdays, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Phone: +61 2 9290 3680

UpperRoom RestoCafe


Mee Goreng (Photo: UpperRoom Restocafe)

UpperRoom RestoCafe offers breakfast and lunch, serving you slightly different dishes from your usual Laksa and Chicken Rice, like Nasi Pattaya and Wah Tan Hor. You can book a table or a co-working space on their website. Check out their breakfast and lunch menus too!

Cafe Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM; Sundays, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Restaurant Hours: Mondays, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM; Tuesdays to Sundays, 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Phone: +61 2 9283 4434

Malacca Straits on Broadway


Golden Sand Prawn (Photo: Malacca Straits)

Malacca Straits on Broadway serves different dishes like Nasi Lemak, Hainanese Chicken Rice and their signature dish, Golden Sand Prawn. These dishes are all crafted by their one and only chef, Chef Tan. They are the only Malacca Straits on Broadway restaurant, making their cuisine unique and one of a kind. They are available for BYO, dine in and takeaway. Check out their website to view their menu filled with scrumptious dishes.

Hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 11:30 AM to 9.30 PM
Phone: +61 2 8021 7069

Albee’s Kitchen

Campsie / Kingsford

Yong Tau Foo (Photo: Albee’s Kitchen)

Albee’s Kitchen has a large and varied menu of Malaysian dishes including hard-to-find dishes hailing from Sarawak. Portions are large, and prices are reasonable which guarantees a steady stream of returning patrons. Their Kuching Laksa which is only available on weekends is a laksa worth trying. Their Curry Yong Tau Foo, Pan Mee (dry and soup) and Curry Puffs will leave you wanting more, if you can fit more into your tummy, that is!

Hours: Mondays to Sundays, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Phone: +61 2 9718 8302

Malay Chinese


King Prawn Laksa (Photo: Malay Chinese)

You can’t have a list of the best Malaysian restaurants in Sydney without Malay Chinese in its original location at Hunter St, and a new outpost in Lime St (both in the Sydney CBD). You can always expect a queue out the door for their Laksa during lunch hour. If Laksa isn’t for you, they have a rotating daily special menu at their Hunter St branch, which range from Malaysian classics like Har Mee (prawn noodle soup) to Nasi Lemak.

Hours: Mondays to Fridays, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Phone: +61 401 607 168

Whether you decide on having a simple Laksa meal or going on a full hawker experience, we’re sure you’re going to love anything and everything Malaysian cuisine has to offer. We won’t be surprised if you end up trying them all! 

Also published on Medium.