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Malabar Restaurant

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5 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
+64 3-315 7745
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Malabar was born in 2003,the first to embrace Asian fusion dining in...
Malabar was born in 2003,the first to embrace Asian fusion dining in Hanmer Springs. Your hosts Sudip and Anette left the bustling city of 18 million in Mumbai to relocate to a sleepy Alpine village of 800 people.They have never looked back ever since. Since its inception 11 years ago Malabar has successfully created and recreated magic in bringing together dishes that reflect Asia's great regional diversity,presented in a contemporary style with special emphasis on flavours that incorporate the best of local produce. The food is complemented by local and international beers and fine New Zealand wines including award-winning vintages from the nearby Waipara Valley Wine region. The decor is modern,chique and pristine. Having won many accolades for its food and service,Malabar continues to surprise the discerning diner as well as the local and international traveller. Come along and experience a diverse range of dining adventures right here in Hanmer Springs.
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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Takeout
Delivery
Late Night
Dessert

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    Very good
  • 18
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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent Indian / Oriental restaurant in Hanmer Springs

This was a really excellent Indian / Oriental restaurant in Hanmer Springs. Food was imaginative and freshly prepared, and service very good. One suggestion is to show the vegetarian options on the menu, these are not shown but the veggie food was excellent. It would have been a shame to miss it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Jane S
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was a really excellent Indian / Oriental restaurant in Hanmer Springs. Food was imaginative and freshly prepared, and service very good. One suggestion is to show the vegetarian options on the menu, these are not shown but the veggie food was excellent. It would have been a shame to miss it as it was not explicitly advertised. Well worth... More 

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Cromwell, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We had a few of the sharing plates - as good as I've had! Had room for dessert and was not disappointed. And the service was without fault👍

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

We were on a one night stop over in Hanmer Springs and liked the look of Malabar as the place to eat that night. Glad we chose it, food was very very good with great flavours and textures and the staff there were outstanding. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place to any one who is staying in Hanmer.

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Aldinga Beach, Australia
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place is truly amazing! The service is world class, the view break taking, the food is mouth watering... The entire experience is something that is hard to beat!! We almost want to go to NZ just so that we can dine here again!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We've had a lovely evening eating a gorgeous lamb Rogan Josh at Malabar. We come back every year as we fell in love with the owners and their ideas about food the first time we came. While the maître de was a little arrogant, we loved our waiter, Bill, who had only been in NZ for 4 weeks, but was... More 

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Akaroa, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

We would come to Hanmer Springs just for the food and contemporary atmosphere. Have visited many times and will return at our earliest opportunity

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Superb cuisine - not cheap (around $100 for dinner for two) but really excellent, with good, unobtrusive service.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We went to Malabar for dinner and there were a number of people there which created a pleasant atmosphere. There were three waiters on duty and they all waited on our table at various stages of our meal. We opted for five of the starters so that we could savour a range of different tastes, and were very pleased with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

Excellent dining experience, was able to get a table at late notice. Devine food highly recommended, congratulations on such a beautiful restaurant.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I went to Malabar for my birthday celebrations with my family and they made me feel very special indeed. The food was truly fabulous, atmosphere was great and the service was fantastic; they were very attentive and also good to talk too. We had a great time and we will go back for sure.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Hanmer Springs
  • Phone Number: +64 3-315 7745

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 28
  • Cuisine: Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Malabar was born in 2003,the first to embrace Asian fusion dining in Hanmer Springs. Your hosts Sudip and Anette left the bustling city of 18 million in Mumbai to relocate to a sleepy Alpine village of 800 people.They have never looked back ever since. Since its inception 11 years ago Malabar has successfully created and recreated magic in bringing together dishes that reflect Asia's great regional diversity,presented in a contemporary style with special emphasis on flavours that incorporate the best of local produce. The food is complemented by local and international beers and fine New Zealand wines including award-winning vintages from the nearby Waipara Valley Wine region. The decor is modern,chique and pristine. Having won many accolades for its food and service,Malabar continues to surprise the discerning diner as well as the local and international traveller. Come along and experience a diverse range of dining adventures right here in Hanmer Springs.

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