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Istana Malaysia Restaurant

1-5 Allen Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
648017989
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Overview
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“beef rendang” (57 reviews)
“roti” (34 reviews)
“honey butter” (15 reviews)
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CUISINES
Asian, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
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Value
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LOCATION
1-5 Allen Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 423 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were looking for a good Malaysian restaurant & after reading all the positive reviews we thought we would try it. Overall we found the food to be tasty & the staff very friendly. The atmosphere is casual & warm . Istana is housed in...More

Thank Ellemay
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very welcoming when we arrived - I think the lovely lady was May. She was warm and attentive without being too much. The food was uncomplicated but so yummy and comforting. My elderly mother was made to feel special too and I appreciated that. We...More

Thank Karen F
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The service was great and the food was amazing. I finally found a beef rendang after searching many years in NZ and it was delicious! Would defs recommend and defs come back ☺

Thank michelepandchrisb
Reviewed 5 days ago

Warmly welcomed on entering the venue, Found a good menu range, with known favorites. The actual food was well presented and the meal flavors nicely balanced, without masking additives, Well worth a regular repeat visit, particularity when feeling a little homesick..

Thank markmatt_wn
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for talking the time to write on trip adviser. Thanks for coming and trying our food and service!. Looking forward to see you again soon.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The food is great, the restaurant is well set out, and the owners are genuinely nice people! I'll be back for sure

Thank vijaym904
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Vijaym904. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience at Istana Malaysia. we are looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We intended on going to Monsoon Poon, but it had closed early. Lucky us - we were not disappointed with Istana. The server was very helpful and attentive, the food was excellent, and it ended up being far less expensive. I'll definitely be going again.

Thank Kyle K
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Kyle K. Thank you so much for coming and enjoyed our food and service! Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant is very clean and spacious. The lighting is very good. The staff are friendly. The foods are very delicious and portion is large. Recommended! 😊😊😊

Thank Rozaini K
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Rozaini K Thank you so much for such a great review! and thanks for coming and enjoyed our food and service!. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Waiters were all on trial, clueless and really really slow. We had the veggie curry and honey butter chicken and were really disappointed. The curry was basic with no special flavour to it. The honey butter chicken was supposed to contain nuts, but the only...More

Thank Julie A
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Julie Sorry for your experience. The honey butter chicken does contain almonds and cashew nuts, which is specifically mentioned because people may be allergic to it and need warning, and not fully because the dish is heavily nutty. The almonds and cashew nuts are...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The owner and staffs are very very very friendly and helpful! Very good food. I ate chicken satay I give 10/10. Nasi lemak and beef rendang was so nice! Absolutely will come again.

Thank Musyamimi M
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Musyamimi M Thank you so much for coming and enjoyed our food and service! Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tried out this place due to entertainment book expiring and being child-free for a few hours. Had a lovely dinner here. Atmosphere a bit awkward with not many staff and old building, although they did seat me under the heater which was good for me...More

Thank minimacx2
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$12 - US$17
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 23:00
Monday
17:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 23:00
Thursday
17:00 - 23:00
Friday
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1-5 Allen Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: 648017989
  • E-mail
Description
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 in traditional Malaysian cuisine. Each dish offers you a choice of mild, medium or hot to accommodate your individual tastes and preferences. From spicy satay and invigorating soups to indulgent banquets, Istana Malaysia's menu reflects the full spectrum of the Malay kitchen.
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