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5 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
+64 3-315 7745
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $6 - $28
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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 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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Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
196 reviews 196 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

At the top of town is Malabar, a gorgeous little restaurant owned by a couple that decided to move from Mumbai to little old Hanmer Springs. From the warm crackling fire to the warm and welcoming service, this is one gem on the Hanmer dining scene. Onion & spinach bhagis (16.5) presented as a golden tangle of sweet onions, perfectly... More 

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South Island, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We had just had dinner yesterday and I would say that my partner and I are satisfied with their service... The food was very palatable but on the pricey side though... I would recommend this to anyone visiting Hanmer...

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We ate at Malabar with our 9 year old daughter last week and came away very happy, promising to return. Very helpful service with good recommendations, and an unprompted suggestion that the Butter Chicken main could be modified to suit our daughter. The starters were all superb - scallop entree a winner. All dishes full of flavour and well presented,... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We were staying in Hanmer Springs, NZ for two nights. We had a tapas selection - outstanding. We loved it so much we returned the next night!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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121 reviews 121 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We were looking for some South Indian food and came a cross this restaurant. It wasn't many South Indian dishes but a mix across Asia with kiwi influence. The food was very good! So was the service. Looking around, I could see that the other customers were very happy as well. My visitors had little experience with Asian food but... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

Not the first time we've eaten at Malabar, and it won't be the last. We experienced Impeccable service from the knowledgeable and helpful staff. The food offered stunning flavours, and was beautifully presented. The scallop entree, the pork belly and the salmon were all world class dishes. The wine list was not extensive but entirely adequate. We can strongly recommend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

Satisfying and fragrant food, with a staff who are very attentive. My friend and I shared everything we ordered which is a great way to go if you want to taste more of what's on offer at this beautiful restaurant. Lovely authentic Indian food

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We had a meal for two on a relatively busy night. There was great attention to detail and special consideration given to food preferences. The meals can be tailored to one's individual preferences in regards to spice and temperature. While a little more expensive than some other restaurants, you get what you pay for in Hanmer Springs. The lamb shank... More 

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Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

To celebrate our business selling my wife and I dined at Malabar Restaurant. It was not the first time over the last few years we have been there but each time is enjoyable. The welcome was warm, seating where we wanted and the menu and specials described in clear manner. All the food was presented nicely, good portions and although... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

If you're dining out in Hanmer Springs, don't miss the opportunity for a meal at Malabar - a true cut above for both cuisine and service. Presentation was impeccable, the onion bhaji was the lightest and best we've ever had, the scallop entre is a real taste treat and mains were superb. Despite the high season, the owner and staff... More 

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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 - 28
Cuisine: Asian

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