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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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, 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
A Brilliant fusion of flavours!

What an a beautiful combination of flavours! We ended up getting this meal to go -which was easy. We called ahead and the staff rang me when our order was ready - about a 20 min wait, which wasn't too bad as we had heard that they could get really busy in the evenings. We got a range of dishes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
Amer-wi
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

What an a beautiful combination of flavours! We ended up getting this meal to go -which was easy. We called ahead and the staff rang me when our order was ready - about a 20 min wait, which wasn't too bad as we had heard that they could get really busy in the evenings. We got a range of dishes... More 

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Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

From the moment we entered the stunning restaurant, we were treated with such respect and kindness. Bill the waiter tended to our table and he was incredibly polite, helpful and efficient, very professional. It was wonderful to see the owner Anette also working; it was obvious she loves her job which reflects on the staff and the customers. She was... More 

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

this is very central, very clean, very friendly service, and really delicious food, service was very good when we went in but on the early side, would we eat here again, yes most definitely

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Ordered 2 starters (scallops with pork belly and onion & spinach bhajis), 1 main (lamb shank rogan josh) with 3 sides (poppadums, garlic naan, asian stir fry greens). There were 2 of us and we were full with leftovers (which they offered we could take away). The food overall was tasty, although the asian greens were average and I thought... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The food was absolutely amazing and the service was impeccable with the staff continuing to refill our glasses and remembering everything we asked for, but they still gave us the space and time you need

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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We were really impressed with the service, which was both at a very high standard and friendly - maybe the best I've seen in a long while. The food was very good and an interesting mix of Indian and Asian. We finished off with creme brûlée, also very good. We will definitely return when back at Hanmer!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Visited Malabar in August, food was amazing as was the service. Nothing was too much trouble. Had originally gone to another restaurant that was fully booked , they recommended Malabar. We were delighted that the first restaurant couldn't fit us in as I cant imagine that it would have been anywhere near as good. Cant wait to visit again although... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

One night in Hanmer Springs and looking for somewhere to eat after a soak in the hot pools we spotted Malabar. WOW what a pleasant surprise this "Asian fusion" restaurant gave us. The food is amazing . flavor filled and unique, my partner rated it one of the best meals he had ever had, high praise from him. The service... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Eating at Malabar again second time for us, we were here in 2012. Wonderful food and atmosphere. Always a great meal and service is second to none. I had pork belly with aromatic spices an my wife had duck which was rich and suculant. Coupled with a glass of roaring meg, works like a dream. Well be back

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

we stopped here after an afternoon in the hot pools and spa. The staff were very friendly and welcoming and the food was wonderful with enough choice to suit all of us including a vegetarian. The price of the food was well worth paying and we had a lovely time

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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: 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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