Thursday, June 1, 2023

Sydney and the Delights of Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is one of our favorite Sydney destinations and an easy 15-minute walk from the Hilton. Since we’d booked an evening harbour cruise to enjoy the lights of Vivid Sydney, we strolled down in late morning and wandered along the promenade.

We found ourselves The Malaya, a Malaysian restaurant opened in 1963 by an immigrant from Hong Kong  that has become something of an institution here. It proved to be the best meal of our trip, with the help of Amos, our excellent waiter.

We chose a set menu multi-course meal that proved to be a feast of varied flavors, starting with appetizers that included lettuce wrap, spring rolls, and satay.

Next came Prawn Laksa.

As if that weren’t enough, we were served Malaya curried beef, accompanied by a stir-fried noodle dish and fresh vegetables.

Even though we’re members of the “clean plate club,” we couldn’t finish. The food, service, and atmosphere were superb. At AUS $70 per person, the total bill came to just over US $90, plus a couple of glasses of wine, a very price worthy splurge.

After that feast, we pushed ourselves to walk some more before boarding our harbour cruise.

Just after 5 PM we boarded the Australian Cruise Group catamaran that would take us around the bend to Sydney Harbour to enjoy the light displays on the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, the latter known to Aussies as the Coat Hanger.

The vessel was lightly loaded and we sat up on the forward deck with a few other people, taking in the spectacular views on a calm and beautiful night.

What a way to wrap up a day in Sydney!

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