Istana, Thornleigh

March 21, 2011 — 7 Comments

We called and made a reservation for dinner at Istana on a Saturday night, and we were very glad when we arrived that we had done that, with people queuing at the door, and a full restaurant. Istana is ordinary decor-wise, with table-cloths and decor looking a bit dated.

We had planned to order the Hainanese chicken, a curry prawns dish and a curry eggplant, wanting a few spicy things. The fellow taking our order said that the Shangtung chicken, with chicken rice, would be better. All a bit funny the way that happened, but we were willing to give it a try.

Here are the prawns we started with, cut in half lengthwise, still in their shells:

They were tasty, tasting of chili and a fish-sauce mix. Maybe it’s just my background, but I didn’t so much enjoy the prawn shells still being on, extracting the prawns from the shells. Seemed a bit fiddly.

The eggplant tasted just how it looks in the photo, not like what we expected, which was for it to be in a curry sauce.

The dishes so far were so-so, in my view. It was the next dishes that I loved. The chicken rice was so full of flavour I would be happy to just eat that and nothing else. This is not a good photo, but I have included it because it does show the glistening of the rice:

The flavour was full of chicken, edged with lemongrass. Oh so good.

The photo at the top shows the Shantung chicken, deliciously tender, but with the skin crispy. Served with a sauce which was a little sweet, and vinegary, with some chili. Also very good.

In summary, then, some elements of the experience were ordinary, but I’d go back for the Shangtung chicken and the chicken rice. Maybe some of others would also be as good.

Details

Here are the details about Istana at time of publishing this post. Call them for current details.

Web site Istana doesn’t have a web site yet.
Address Shop 15a, 230-238 Pennant Hills Rd, Thornleigh, NSW 2120
Phone (02) 9481 8855
Menu Malaysian Chinese, mains $20-35
Istana on Urbanspoon


So, where is your favourite Malaysian restaurant?

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7 responses to Istana, Thornleigh

  1. 

    Definitely be back for the chicken and flavorsome chicken rice.

  2. 

    ask for try the Mango Chicken next time. it’s not really on the menu but they seem to make it up especially if you know about it 🙂

  3. 

    hehe you crunch on the prawn shells cos its where all the flavour is! usually when its done right the shells are super crispy from the deep frying and barely needs much chewing. the eggplant is meant to be dry, tho usually its loaded with heaps of belachan.

    • 

      Yes, the shells didn’t need much chewing. Gotta wrap my head just eating them 🙂

      And yes, the eggplant did have loads of belachan on there.

      Gotta make note what all of the things like that are called. Still relatively new to Malaysian food, and am loving trying all sorts of new flavours!

  4. 

    Yum! Looks good, hoping to try this one soon!

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