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Istana Malaysia Restaurant

1-5 Allen Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-801 7989
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Overview
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“beef rendang” (72 reviews)
“garlic roti” (23 reviews)
“mee goreng” (31 reviews)
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CUISINES
Asian, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
₱₱ - ₱₱₱
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LOCATION
1-5 Allen Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our last visit here was 3 years ago when we enjoyed. The service was very slow. Our entree plates were left until mains arrived. Entrees - mused starts was over baked and bland- samosas ok. Mains were delivered 45 - 60 minutes after starters were...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a regular visitor to Wellington I always make it a point to visit Istana. Wonderful family run restaurant, friendly and welcoming, BYO and delicious food. What’s not to like. Oh, and try the shrimp twisters.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank ryanmH1351DP
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Ryanm H1351DP We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience at Istana Malaysia and we look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted somewhere close for our first night in Wellington and so chose Istana. Started with the chicken satay which has some good chunky satay sauce. 6 pieces just enough. The prawn spirals were also good and light enough for an entree. Mains were the...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Webo1966
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Webo 1966. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience at Istana Malaysia and we look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 2 November 2018

My 'go to' restaurant when out on the town. Best combo for me is the Beef Randang, garlic roti and a nice bottle of red from New World across the road. Really friendly atmosphere, great service and very reasonable prices (including corkage) In fact, I...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Ben G
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2018

Dear Ben G. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience at Istana Malaysia and is nice to see you all tonight. Hope to see you all again soon.

Reviewed 22 October 2018

Yum and great to share. Always fresh and hot. Loved it but have been many ties and always love it. Great staff

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank JoeWilsson
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2018

Dear Joewilsson. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience at Istana Malaysia and we look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 22 October 2018

Istana is just a really nice Malaysian place. The food is as Malaysian as it can be and puts your head right into the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The value for money is pretty good, especially considering the location and average price level in NZ.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Trek827872
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2018

Dear Yet Another B We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience at Istana Malaysia and we look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

Excellent service, warm and welcoming... and obviously has an extremely regular clientele. Food was delicious pakoras, Samosas and satay were yum. Mains were filling and tasty, Roti fresh and had room for dessert.... outstanding lemon cake and fabulous banana split. Will return when in Wellington...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank hrhs
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Dear HRHS We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience at Istana Malaysia and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 5 October 2018 via mobile

Garlic roti is the best. Everything else really is average. Lots of Malaysian themed restaurants round this one is really not great. $19 for main 4 bits of chicken in sauce. Pay extra for rice and roti. If you have a large group do not...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Dee H
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2018

Dear Dee H. It sounds like your experience was very unusual for a diner at our restuarant. We host a number of successful groups varying in size from big groups to smaller groups, as our restuarant is large and open space (150 seaters) to accomodate...More

Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

The staff, food and service of Istana Malaysia were fantastic. My partner and I found our meal to be very flavorsome and of decent size, great value for money. This dining experience is at the top of our list following our New Zealand holiday, would...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Sherpa818451
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2018

Dear Aiden W. We are so glad that you and your patner enjoyed your experience at Istana Malaysia. We look forward to seeing you all again when you all in Wellington.

Reviewed 6 September 2018

Went there for dinner on a business trip and ordered a variety of dishes including Sate, Beef Randang and curry Fish. The food was fresh and delicious and the beef rendang was spot on. I think it is a difficult dish to master and keep...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Bhasker N
IstanaMalaysia, Manager at Istana Malaysia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

Dear Bhasker N. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience at Istana Malaysia and we look forward to seeing you again.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$11 - US$17
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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: +64 4-801 7989
  • 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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