We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Istana Restaurant

230-238 Pennant Hills Rd | Shop 15, Thornleigh, Hornsby, New South Wales 2120, Australia
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent32%
  • Very good37%
  • Average25%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“crab” (4 reviews)
“roti” (5 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Asian, Malaysian
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
230-238 Pennant Hills Rd | Shop 15, Thornleigh, Hornsby, New South Wales 2120, Australia
All Details
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (58)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 57 reviews

Reviewed 3 September 2017

Malaysian-Singaporean Hawker-Type food, very pricey for the type of food and the place /atmosphere. Food is average, atmosphere and the place itself is cramped and noisy, but yet the prices charged are similar to fine-dining place. Over-priced and over-hyped.

Thank potbelliez
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Istana used to be one of my favourite restaurant in Sydney. I used to advocate their Hainanese Chicken Rice and the Hor fun to be the best in Sydney. But the my last 3 visits there has been a total let down. I understand chefs...More

1  Thank tschong
Reviewed 9 June 2017 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

1  Thank cannotenteraname
Reviewed 31 May 2017 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.

1  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

1  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
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

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 Manickjg
Nearby Restaurants
Zac's Great Food
67 reviews
.39 km away
Curl the whisker cafe
53 reviews
.34 km away
Pear Thai Restaurant
30 reviews
.04 km away
Thornleigh Curry House
35 reviews
.10 km away
Nearby Attractions
Australian Luxury Escapes
150 reviews
.89 km away
The Children's Bookshop
15 reviews
2.58 km away
Cumberland State Forest
53 reviews
4.27 km away
Sweetness the Pattiserie
10 reviews
4.59 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Istana Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing