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5 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
+64 3-315 7745
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Dining options: Dessert, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, 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
Exquisite dining experience

From the moment we walked in the door, I was amazed by the service and atmosphere at Malabar. Excellent service from wait staff (apart from 1 American waitress who seemed to be having a bad day - it happens to all of us, so not a problem!) and the decoration was lovely, very modern and fresh., We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
spennyy
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Dundee, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

From the moment we walked in the door, I was amazed by the service and atmosphere at Malabar. Excellent service from wait staff (apart from 1 American waitress who seemed to be having a bad day - it happens to all of us, so not a problem!) and the decoration was lovely, very modern and fresh., We started with the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

In Hanmer for a short break - checked TripAdvisor and chose Malabar - great decision. Friendly welcome and good decor. Selected small plates to share which were all excellent accompanied by a couple of great cocktails made perfectly. Shared a main course (fish curry) with stir fried vegetables rice and naan - all very good - finished off with wonderful... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

My mother and I booked a table here on a bit of a whim after walking by and looking at the menu. Quite eclectic menu for what is essentially an Indian restaurant. While it was far from being cheap, the food, the service and the largely NZ wine list made it well worth the cost. Would definitely eat here again... More 

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

A taste sensation - delicate flavours (we were not expecting this in a "curry house" - we were so wrong!), exquisite meal.

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blenheim
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4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

We have just spent 5 days in beautiful Hanmer springs. A local girl informed us of Malabar's Thursday night take-away menu ! We were not disappointed!' The food was amazing - so delicious!!! We will definetly be back when next in Hanmer. Well done Malabar. Karen

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Malabar has never let us down. Once again, the food was excellent, with my lamb shank curry being absolutely superb. Service was good despite a full restaurant. We also liked the wine service by the glass, with wines brought to the table and a decent serving of a very good selection of wines. Well done to Malabar for providing 12... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This was by far and away one of the best meals we have had in years. We had the Tiger prawns and Butter Chicken with Naan bread. We did order two portions of rice but our lovely waiter suggested we start with one and order more if needed - which we didnt. We both left stuffed! The service was outstanding... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We went as a group of 4. We had entrees and main. Really beautifully cooked and very tasty. Definitely going again.

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

For those who love Indian food don't miss dining at Malabar when you are in Hamner Springs. My wife and I just happened upon this gem in April 2015. We like modern Indian cuisine so tried it. It was without doubt one of the best Indian meals we have had. The decor is a modern style with plenty of space... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Me and my wife visited after reading reviews from tripadvisor. We were not dissapointed. It is very well laid out and easy to find in town. We went on sunday evening, greeted by Anette. She was great, recommended that we should try indian pastries which were amazing. My wife had chicken tikka which was nice and juicy. For mains I... More 

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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, Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic, 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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