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5 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
+64 3-315 7745
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
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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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
What a treat!

We were 2 couples who dined at Malabar because of the great reviews on Tripadvisor. We were so impressed, nice and cosy restaurant just a 2 min walk from our hotel the St James. The service was excellent but the food was just sensational, every meal got 10/10 from us. This restaurant is a must in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
Jarrod1974
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Auckland, New Zealand
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  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Auckland, New Zealand
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We were 2 couples who dined at Malabar because of the great reviews on Tripadvisor. We were so impressed, nice and cosy restaurant just a 2 min walk from our hotel the St James. The service was excellent but the food was just sensational, every meal got 10/10 from us. This restaurant is a must in Hanmer!

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Marlborough Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Warm friendly atmoshpere, comfortable chairs, great wine and spirit collection and most of all an amazing arrange of foods from Indian influenced and Chinese cuisine blended within a creative touch of European . We had the twice cooked pork belly with fresh apple and corriander salad and crackling and an excellent Affagato for dessert.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

From the moment you stepped into this restaurant you felt it's style! Warm, charming, friendly and classy! We couldn't believe how good the service was! The food was divine We would highly recommend this restaurant !!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My husband and I had dinner at Malabar a couple of nights ago. So what makes for a memorable dining experience? First the anticipation and expectation. Then, the meal quality, the ambiance and lastly the cost. We had been killing time at a local ale house, and given the fun atmosphere, perhaps we should have stayed on. Perhaps we were... More 

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Nelson - New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Went here to celebrate friends birthday. Ten of us and everyone had fabulous meals. It is pricey so be prepared but the flavours and the food presentation are superb. The starters can be plates to share or have as an entrée. The scallops and pork belly was so tender I just wanted more. I had duck for my main, it... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My wife and I loved our evening at Malabar. From the moment we arrived, the service was top notch. The restaurant had a certain class, with the fantastic decor, the jazz music, and the graceful attentive staff. We started with a couple of platters - spring rolls, and scallops. These were AMAZING. I had the Rogan Josh for the main.... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

There are limited choices in Hanmer Springs if you want really good food. Most offerings are cheesy or uninspiring. We would have to say that Malabar is neither of those. We were lucky enough to get a table without booking, seating was near windows, and service was both immediate and near faultless. Both of us were delighted with the food... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This is a really interesting modern Asian restaurant. They have a range of fresh and clever dishes that combined kiwi favourites with tastes from south and southeast Asia. We did not expect to find a restaurant like this in a small place like Hanmer Springs. It was the best place that we ate at during our three night stay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

First class Asian fusion dishes, using a range of authentic ingredients. Very attentive and well trained staff, good wine list which is well priced. A standard that most NZ Asian restaurants don't come close to matching. Well done!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

It was the second time I've had dinner at Malabar and I brought my Aunty from Sydney. She loved the atmosphere and the friendly staff. Another great meal. Thank you

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Additional Information about Malabar Restaurant

Address: 5 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-315 7745
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Hanmer Springs
Average Prices: USD $6 to $28
Cuisine: Indian, Asian

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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 to $28
  • Cuisine: Indian, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions

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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