The Malaya Restaurant, Sydney

In the days of restaurants lasting no more than two months, The Malaya has much cause to celebrate. This year marks their 50th anniversary and to celebrate, the restaurant hosted a cocktail and canapé party to thank its loyal customers for their ongoing support.

The Malaya Restaurant, Sydney
The Malaya

More than 300 guests enjoyed a selection of wine, champagne and fruity cocktails as well as canapés from the restaurant’s kitchen with Chef Mustapa Jaffar at the helm.

Chef Mustapa Jaffar with Samosas

The restaurant which is now located along Sydney’s King Street Wharf began in 1963 with Mr Wong Tai See’s vision to create a unique Southeast Asian dining experience. Considered a pioneer of Southeast Asian cuisine in Sydney, he shipped in numerous spices from Singapore including dried chillies and ground turmeric, chilli and curry powders, which were not available in Australia at the time.

Oysters with Chilli and Lime

The Malaya began trading at rented premises at 787 George Street Sydney. In the early 1980’s, his son, Lance Wong, took over management of the restaurant in and later bought and renovated it with  a more contemporary look before it was relocated to its current position at 39 Lime Street, King Street Wharf.

Prawn Cutlets

To celebrate its golden anniversary, The Malaya is offering special ‘Through the Decades’ anniversary menus with favourite dishes including the original curry and laksa recipes of 1963 and current favourites such as the salt and pepper scampi.

Satay Chicken
Chicken Satay

The Malaya “Through the Decades” Menu:
Menu 1 – available on Thursday 1st, 8th, 15th and Friday 2nd, 9th, 16th August
Menu 2 – available on Thursday 22nd, 29th and Friday 23rd, 30th August

The Malaya Restaurant
39 Lime Street
King Street Wharf Sydney
Phone: 02 9279 11710
Lunch Hours: 12pm – 2.30pm Monday to Saturday
Dinner Hours: 6pm – 9pm Monday, 6pm – 10pm Tuesday to Saturday, 5pm – 8.30pm Sunday

Photography Credit: Gary Friedland. Used with permission


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The Malaya Restaurant, Sydney was last modified: January 27th, 2016 by Corinne Mossati

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Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.

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