So yesterday marked my graduation from the Bachelor of Business degree. It was a very exciting occasion for myself and for my family and I had a wonderful but very busy day!
Me in my graduation robes and cap
After the ceremony my parents took my brother, boyfriend and best friend out for a celebratory dinner at The Malaya. This is one of my mum’s favourite restaurants, and after asking my fans on facebook which restaurant I should go to, it was clear that Malaya is a popular choice for many foodies as well!
I have got to say that the service at this restaurant is exceptional. The staff both over the phone and in the restaurant were extremely welcoming and helpful. They were constantly refilling our water glasses, bringing us more rice and asking if we needed anything. The staff who we spoke to over the phone when booking were polite and friendly. I would even go as far as saying that the service at The Malaya was better than the service I received at Est., a three hatted restaurant!
The atmosphere was great. Considering it was a Wednesday night, I was surprised to find that The Malaya was full to capacity and we were very lucky to be able to score a seat one row away from the window, with a view of beautiful Darling Harbour.
Food & Drinks
After ordering our drinks, beers, LLB and various juices, we put in the food order for dinner. Although we were told the kitchen closed at 9.00pm (we only got there around 8.00pm after the graduation photos etc), we were able to order our meals and they arrived within 10-15 minutes. Excellent!
The food was delicious. Everyone was raving about how flavoursome and appetising the dishes were. We were originally going to order a banquet but I wanted to be able to choose dishes that I actually wanted to try, rather than get some random dishes on the set menu. I chose all the dishes we had that night and everyone seemed happy with my choices.
Considering we had one person who had never had Malaysian food before, and 3.5 who can’t handle very spicy food (I’m not very good with very spicy food but I don’t mind a bit of a kick, so I make up the half!), no one struggled with the amount of chilli in the food.
We ordered the following dishes:
- Coconut Beef Rendang
- Kwai Du Noodles
- Chilli and Lemongrass Prawns
- Salt and Pepper Squid
- Original Malaya Curry- chicken
- Kapitan Chicken
- Korma Lamb
- Steamed Rice
Coconut beef rendang
The rendang was the first dish I tried. The beef just fell apart so easily, it was soft and tender and absolutely mouth-watering. A great start to the meal.
I tried this dish last but it was great. The noodles had a smoky texture and flavour to it and there was plenty of seafood and chicken. Great presentation and a good sized portion.
Chilli and lemongrass prawns
These prawns looked devillishly spicy but none of the non-chilli eaters struggled very much when they ate them. There was a sweet, almost honeyish flavour to the prawns at first, which later gave way to the spicy kick of the chilli. They were cooked well and were bursting with flavour.
Salt and pepper squid
I think this was my brother’s favourite! This dish had a heavier batter than the usual S&P squid but were, in my opinion, much better! They were crunchy and very salt and peppery!
Original Malaya curry
Rich, creamy and delicious. This curry has been made to the Malaya’s recipe since 1963. A must-try dish which we all enjoyed.
Interestingly the chicken in this dish is lightly battered before being immersed in the curry, which gave it an unusual texture. However it was something new, and it too tasted creamy and moreish.
Korma lamb. Also a classic Indian dish. Delicious tender lamb, lovely smooth curry. What more could you ask for.
Steamed rice is served per person so this bowl was continuously refilled throughout the night. The rice was light and fluffy as rice should be, and we went through about 2-3 bowls of this!
Overall we had a lovely night and really enjoyed the meal. We managed to have almost all of the Kwai Du left over, and some of the Original Malaya Curry as we were all too full to finish them off.
We tried a bit of the cupcakes I had brought for dessert but everyone except myself (there is always room for dessert!) struggled to finish them!
While The Malaya may be considered a bit on the pricey end of things for Thai/Malaysian cuisine (most dishes are around $27-30 each), it was definitely money well spent. I cannot fault the evening, we had an excellent time and I would definitely go there again.
Overall I would rate my dining experience (out of 10):
- Service- 9
- Food- 9
- Ambience- 8.5
- Value – 8