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Istana Restaurant

230-238 Pennant Hills Rd | Shop 15, Thornleigh, Hornsby, New South Wales 2120, Australia
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good39%
  • Average25%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“rice” (7 reviews)
“crab” (3 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 22:00All hours
Asian, Malaysian
$$ - $$$
230-238 Pennant Hills Rd | Shop 15, Thornleigh, Hornsby, New South Wales 2120, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a nice meal here including the crab. The dishes were a good size and excellent tasting. The crab was expensive but it too was lovely. The only downside was because we were near the window on a cold and wet night. Bathrooms could do...More

Thank cannotenteraname
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not the fanciest of places or the cheapest. But for some good hearty tasty Asian food you should leave here pretty full and satisfied. All our food was pretty good and tasty. While not the best Malaysian we have had it was pretty good.

Thank szkut
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

My dad is from KL Malaysia and we come here regularly for the istana king prawns, Singapore chilli crab (a sweeter style, not too spicy) and the hainan chicken rice. Delicious! The wat dan hor is also great. The food is a bit pricey but...More

Thank Dan Y
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

We have been dining at Istana for nearly two decades and the food has only become better over time. We had a fantastic meal with our children and extended family. The service was excellent and the food absolutely scrumptious. The essential herbs and spices that...More

Thank Colin K
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

We have been here many times over the years. The food is good and we always end up ordering our favourites BUT don't come here if you want a quiet, relax and leisurely dinner. Highly recommend that you book on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays too....More

Thank SydneyAustralia10
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Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Title says it all. Decent Malaysian food, typically very tasty, but quite overpriced. Including the plain rice at $3 plus per serve! Of note, the portion size for the 'char kway teow' (fried rice noodle) was shockingly and disappointingly small for the price. Decor and...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 24 April 2017

If you've eaten in Malaysia, this place will feel immediately familiar. It's busy, bustling, noisy and filled with exotic tastes and aromas. Portions are generous, typically two mains will feed 3 - 4 adults, so choose wisely, or plan on a repeat visit. The setting...More

Thank Christopher M
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Enjoyed a Malaysian meal here. Food was quite authentic and it was very popular for a Sunday night. Lots of family groups, couples and friends were dining. This place has been here for a long time so very popular with locals and others alike. Good...More

1  Thank manicjeang
Reviewed 16 March 2017

This Malaysian Restaurant also serves Chinese creations. We found the food very tasty, with generous portion sizes. Service was quick and friendly staff were very helpful. The menu was extensive. The restaurant was bright and clean, though a little crowded. Prices were slightly above average,...More

Thank Bevan H
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

The Malaysian Chilli crab was on special so we decided to try. The crabs were fresh, the sauce was a nice consistency and tasty although not quite Malaysian style. Went well with the roti. The other dishes were the Ho Chien (oyster omelette), the Wa...More

Thank Sassychix
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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17:00 - 22:00
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17:00 - 22:00
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17:00 - 22:00
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17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 230-238 Pennant Hills Rd | Shop 15, Thornleigh, Hornsby, New South Wales 2120, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Sydney  >  Hornsby  >  Thornleigh
  • Phone Number: 9481-8855
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