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0.3 km from Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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Welcome to Istana Malaysia in Wellington. Istana Malaysia translates to Palace of Malaysia, where the royals dwell and are served the finest Malaysian cuisine. First established on August 31st 1994, Istana Malaysia has long been recognised by its clientele as the best Malaysian restaurant in town. We warmly welcome you to come in and sample the rich and complex flavours of Malaysian cooking. Book a table for lunch or dinner at our fully licensed restaurant and experience the real taste of Malaysia! At Istana Malaysia each meal is cooked to order using fresh and authentic ingredients and methods. All spices are directly imported from Malaysia, guaranteeing that you will receive only the finest
PRICE RANGE
$16 - $24
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Asian, Malaysian
FEATURES
Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 8 March 2024

Tucked away behind the waterfront but easy to find. Sizable interior - busy with 3 groups when we were there but service and food did not suffer at all. Lovely family hosts in business for 30 years! Must be doing it right… Very good beef...rendang. Nicely chosen wine list and reasonably priced by the glass. We had a very good evening.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 12 February 2024

First time trying Malaysian Food and I wished I lived closer to this place. Staff was very welcoming and made you feel like you were part of the family. Service was a little slow but they had several large tables and were working as fast...as they could so all was fine. All of the dishes we had were full of flavor and cooked perfectly. Looked like a lot of locals eating there which is always a good sign when you are a tourist.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 5 February 2024

We had a lovely group dinner here for 7. I enjoyed the char kway teow but it was not quite as good as the cheaper Malay restaurant we had dined at before. However the atmosphere here was relaxed and quiet.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 24 January 2024 via mobile

Just eaten here for last two nights. Wonderful food, and so different from other types of cuisine.Very fresh seafood and other ingredients. So flavoursome and delicately spiced. Also lovely quiet atmosphere.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 January 2024

The hospitality and love from the owners aded the perfect flavours to the very delicious food we had.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 30 December 2023

I took my family out to dinner here and they loved it! The food was good, and the service was excellent. The staff and owners are super friendly and really are the ones to make the restaurant's atmosphere. Good place to dine if you're looking...for both enjoyable food and a nice atmosphere.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 12 December 2023 via mobile

Most authentic and home made style food by Chefs. Isaac and lovely lady owner and host Mary are absolutely fantastic - great service and Awsome food . The chicken satay ,the clear soup The mains Sambhal chicken and Nasi Goreng Just too good ! And...then we had sago coconut dessert one of the tastiest desserts. I wish u lived here in Wellington so I could dine at Istana alwaysMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 3 November 2023 via mobile

We ate at the Istana on a recent visit to Wellington and enjoyed the food and restaurant immensely. Good choice of dishes superbly prepared which is no wonder they have been going 29 years! Great food, great service in a friendly atmosphere!

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 24 October 2023

Excellent food, Excellent hospitality. The restaurant is celebrating its 29th year. The food we ordered with very authentic. The spice levels were very authentic if one is looking for that, just ask them. Otherwise food spice level is suited to the palate. The flavours were...fantastic. Just had a great time. I had the nasi Lemak, it was just perfect. The prawn sambal was amazing so was the beef redang was just right. The roti was soft and fluffy perfect. The curry laska was great, so were the other 2 mains we took. The service was extremely friendly and great. The owners are a couple. the wife is the hostess and the husband the chief chef. highly recommend.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 28 September 2023

We had an absolutely wonderful time at Instana Malaysia. Meri and her team are an absolute delight, they went above and beyond for us and I highly recommend using them for any event or occasion where you need to have a space that can hold...over 100 people! Thank yo so much!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 1 September 2023 via mobile

As a vegan it can be hard finding great food at a place that also satisfies my friends. This place was fantastic! So many options, fabulous atmosphere, and amazing staff. 10 stars - would definitely go back!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 13 July 2023

Had the best curry puffs. The ambience was so soft and perfect for dinner and the owner was so delightful and engaging; it was a pleasure to dine here.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 10 July 2023

The meals and service are always of a high standard. I had a delicious spicy lamb curry with a roti and rice. My friend thoroughly enjoyed her chicken sambal and mango lassi. They had the heating turned up and it was toasty warm and inviting.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 16 May 2023

Clearly a very busy restaurant which was full of people and a lively atmosphere. The waiting staff were very good and helpful. Sadly, the food was not that good especially one of the mains that was lamb. Dish was very small for a main and...if you added rice or other extras it cost more. The soup which was an entree was very salty and watery. Was quite expensive especially with such small meals. Some of the other menu items did look a bit more substantial though.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 2 April 2023 via mobile

We chose this restaurant as we like Malaysian food and we happened to be passing by. Friendly greeting by staff. Great decor and atmosphere. Obviously popular with the locals. The food and drinks menu is extensive and it delivered everything we could hope for. We...can understand why you have been in business for 29 years. Congratulations!More

Date of visit: April 2023
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ISTANA MALAYSIA RESTAURANT, Wellington - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Yes, Istana Malaysia Restaurant offers takeaway services.

Istana Malaysia Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5