Burbury Close Barton, Australian Capital Territory 2600

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Opening hours Tues-Friday lunch noon; Tues-Sat dinner 6pm-late
Features Vegetarian friendly, Wheelchair access, Licensed, BYO
Prices Expensive (mains over $40)
Chef Jeffrey Shim
Seats 100
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 02 6162 1220

All black bamboo and gleaming lacquer, Malamay is just the place for groups of friends and an after-work crowd, with a mix of modern and authentic that works for Asian-loving Aussies. That could be a stir-fried scallop and tempura enoki mushroom salad - a delectably salty nest that's all earth and sea. A pan-seared pillow of shrimp cake gets the tongue tingling, the firepower foiled by a pile of shredded crabmeat and cucumber jelly. Chilli relish prawns, too, are wreathed in a crown of fiery chilli paste, with a smokiness that's irresistible, and an accompanying coil of glossy, handmade noodles. Blue-eye trevalla is cooked just so and don't be fooled - there's a signature Sichuan kick in the flavourful green chilli sauce. Skip dessert in favour of more savoury. slow-cooked eggplant with seaweed paste and toasted sesame, with the kind of pupil-dilating flavours that veer from spicy and sweet to salty, sour and fragrant.