It’s tempting to cut straight down towards the bliss awaiting on the Mornington Peninsula, Phillip or French Island, but such a single-minded escape from Melbourne risks missing the chance to try one of the city’s very best Asian restaurants. Easily accessible from the city or southeastern beaches in Elsternwick, where Glen Huntly Road meets the Nepean Highway, Kotaraya has for two decades been firmly established on the top tier of Asian fine dining in Melbourne, with more prestigious awards, flawless reviews and top-level praise than they have variations of delicious prawn dishes (read: a lot). Influences come from Thai, Chinese and Malaysian culinary traditions, celebrating the unique mesh of culture and cuisine across the Sinosphere. The stunning dishes served up (whether a la carte or in Kotaraya’s popular degustation menu) are too many too count and too delicious to describe, but rest assured that you will not regret or forget your visit. We promise.
Really nice meals, and good service on an evening which saw the restaurant half filled. Good atmosphere and we treat this place as our local Malaysian restaurant.
We enjoyed our dinner at kotoraya . We had the round table. My daughter and husband are vegan and they were very accommodating. The vegan San choy baou was lovely. Thankyou
Been there twice now and every dish we have ordered during both visits has been fantastic. Good service too. Fully recommended. Especially if your taking someone along to impress.
Our dining experience at Kotaraya was very enjoyable. The food was delicious, the portions were generous, the service was excellent - unobtrusive and friendly, and the venue was clean and relaxing.
We had a great time at Kotaraya - Elsternwick. The service is excellent, very helpful and professional. The food is delicious. They even manage a bunch of kids and you don't have to wait long to get the wonderful dishes. We'll definitely be back soon.
Best Asian food in south of the Yarra district. Wonderful crispy duck on Sunday lunch only $14.50. It comes with small ball of soup and rice and vegetables-all that included in price and so tasty. Other suggestions are all around $11.00-Mee Goreng, curry lax a and many more. Busy place on weekends but meals come out fast and you can have a quick meal if you want or sit leisurely and just enjoy. Helpful staff.
Great food-best Asian restaurant in that area. Quick service with a smile. Value for money. Highly recommended. We were family of 5-all of us loved it. Plenty of good food for $80.00, still took 3 containers of food for next day lunch.
Lovely food and generous servings. The special mixed entree is particularly good, as is the roti with peanut sauce. Spacious and not too noisy when we were there. BYO wine is always a bonus. Can recommend for a a good Malaysian feed.
Kotaraya has a great variety of Asian foods with lots of flavour. We have enjoyed going to Kotaraya before or after the movies at the theatre 200 metres away for over 20 years. Staff are friendly, BYO Is easy.
The food was very tasty and they had more traditional choices that the usual Malaysian/Chinese restaurants. The only downfall for us was that we could BYO wine, but not beer!