It has been a while since I last visited Istana up in Thornleigh. The first time was probably 6 years ago, and even then the place was as packed as a sardine can.
This time, we were there at 5:30pm and were fortunate to get a table for three immediately. I suppose smaller tables are always easier to get.
Otak-Otak ($6.80) started off the meal. The cod fillets seasoned in spices and grilled in banana leaves were fragrant with just the right texture.
We also enjoyed the Belacan Kangkung ($17.80), water spinach stir-fried with garlic, shrimp paste and chilli, especially the kick from the belacan.
We felt that the Curry Kapitan Chicken ($17.50) was average. Not lemak enough, perhaps, which was why it was not as oily as we expected.
The deep-fried King Salmon cutlets with spicy salt ($20.80) was a nice surprise. The deep-fried cutlets had us all thinking the same thing - we will pack this to bring home if we are too full to finish it!
If you are willing to pay the price, Istana serves good Malaysian cuisine. They are just a stone's throw away from Thornleigh Station and definitely serves the huge population of Malaysians and Singaporeans in the Hills District.
238/230 Pennant Hills Road, Thornleigh, NSW 2120, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9481 8855, Fax: +61 2 9481 9699
Open daily 12:00pm to 3:00pm, 5:00pm to late