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5 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
+64 3-315 7745
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, 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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Back again - and better than ever

We have dined here a number of times - in fact it's fair to say we usually dine here when we're in hanmer springs, and have done for a number of years. Tonight we particularly enjoyed the new menu items - the pork dumplings and the beef were particularly good. The scallop and pork belly entree is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
frankiethe
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Lyttelton, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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Lyttelton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We have dined here a number of times - in fact it's fair to say we usually dine here when we're in hanmer springs, and have done for a number of years. Tonight we particularly enjoyed the new menu items - the pork dumplings and the beef were particularly good. The scallop and pork belly entree is also to be... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

A great tasty and creative mix of food here, nice wine, and lovely people. Definitely one of the best things in Hamner.

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Christchurch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed another great meal last night at the Malabar. Excellent service food amazing flavour to every dish. Look forward to next visit.

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Christchurch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This resturant is a fusion of Indian and Western tastes. The quality and taste of the meals far exceeded our expectations and it is amazing that this type of cuisine can be found in a town of only 800 people. The owners went through the menu and recommended the best to fit our needs. Faultless all round

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Enjoyed a great night out with friends. Good atmosphere, wonderful service, exquisite food. Great place to dine look forward to going back.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This was a first class experience from start to finish. The service is impeccable, the food absolutely delicious and the accompanying wine recommendation was divine. Overall our best experience of dining out in NZ, and we've been here for several months now. Next time I go to Hanmer I'll be eating out here again for sure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

The food & service were great. Really enjoyed the beef & lamb rogan josh! The Brulee was one of the best I've ever had.

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Wellington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Just finished the most delicious meal at Malabar! So so impressed. The service was excellent and the food divine. A roaring fire set the scene. The pork belly main was one of the best meals I've had. Hanmer Springs is generally quite expensive but Malabar's worth it! Thoroughly recommend it.

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Rangiora, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The food is delicious, we have eaten here on many occasions and it is always a very high standard of service with exceptional food, warm friendly with lovely ambiance. No exception this time, just delicious.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

I love Malabar, would eat there every night if I could. They do a fantastic menu, with a few nice seasonal changes but still keep the fav's. Also on Thursday's a Chinese take away menu. Have been going to Malabar for special dinners, lazy 'couldn't be bothered nights'. Staff are friendly, professional, and know me well enough to know my... More 

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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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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: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, 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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