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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 313
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  • 98
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
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 pleasant surprise.

Hanmer Springs is a small small town in NZ and I never expected to find an Indian restaurant there. I am from New York and have eaten at many Indian restaurants but this one was something special. All three in our party had different items and they were all better than the ones I get in New York... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
Shoeb A
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Orangeburg
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Orangeburg
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Hanmer Springs is a small small town in NZ and I never expected to find an Indian restaurant there. I am from New York and have eaten at many Indian restaurants but this one was something special. All three in our party had different items and they were all better than the ones I get in New York. The decor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

a wonderful dining experience. My husband and I enjoyed the whole dining experience from the staff, wine, and food. The restaurant was recommended by locals in the area. The service was very friendly and hospitable. Would recommend to many, especially for a change of pace for dining in a small city.

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Boulder, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We were traveling with 4 adults and 4 children (7 to 12) and were thrilled to find Malabar. The food was an Asian/Indian fusion with a variety that everyone of our party enjoyed. There was not a bite left uneaten. My kids loved the butter chicken, I had the scallops appetizer and salmon entrée -- both were great. Great find!

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Greymouth, West Coast, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This would have to be one of the best meals we have had, the flavours were to die for and to top it off the service was brilliant, we will be coming back the next time we are in Hamner!!!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We have visited here a few times over the years and the food and service is still very good. This review would hv been 5 stars if the butter chicken curry was boneless. The menu did say "bone in" but we went ahead with it. The sauce and flavours were delicious just a pain cutting around drumsticks!! The starters were... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

To be honest this is the hands down best ever restaurant in all the world (: Honestly when you have finished your water they come and full it up for you!! I went through 8 glasses!!! Wow! I love this place!! The food is amazing and best Asian food I have ever had in nz!! I love it!! Recommend it... More 

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Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Having lived in Nottingham, England for many years where the curries are legendary I have been longing for a really good curry in NZ for the last 21 years and finally I've found it. Just a shame that it's not just down the road. The service was first class and very personal, the Lime Pickle was stupendous and the Fish... More 

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Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand
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24 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We arrived on the evening of a long weekend, so everywhere was busy busy. Malabar looked inviting, modern, bright & stylish. No problem getting a table without a booking, maybe just luck as restaurant was busy. We were served promptly, great menu selection, we loved the sharing plates, fresh, crispy, tasty, simple local food. Washed down with a cold beer......life... More 

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

Excellent tasty food and we were impressed with the value for money (ie quantity and quality). We weren't that hungry so just ordered a single serving and one naan but there was plenty for two good sized meals. We will go there again.

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Papamoa, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

Malabar was recommended by our accommodation hosts. It did not disappoint. Service and food quality was brilliant, friendly happy staff and Paying the bill was even fun. Congrats all round.It was the first meal of an 8 day trip south and nothing came close in service or food flavor. I Shall return one day.

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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: Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

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