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Malabar Restaurant

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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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

After walking through Hamner Springs considering dinner options I was very pleasantly surprised to find Malabar. The food ranges from Indian curries to Balinese Duck & the beef dish we had reminded me of a Vietnamese Shaking Beef. Even with the range of the dishes they were beautifully cooked & very tasty. The service was friendly & helpful & the... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

Ate here on a Sunday evening with my partner and parents. Had 3 courses and all of them were excellent, fresh and flavourful. Service friendly and helpful, especially for my garlic phobic mother Wish Malabar had a branch in Southampton

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Timaru
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Very welcoming and willing to offer us a table without a booking. Menu has something for everyone and all our choices were superb. Explanation of the menu, attention to service, presentation of our meals were wonderful. Expensive but certainly well worth it. Would go there again.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The food was amazing! we all shared our meals so tasted several different mains. The staff were great too and very accommodating for us as we did have a small baby with us. I would highly recommend going here. I cant wait till I go back to Hanmer again so I can eat there.

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

It was cold when it arrived and the taste was average and over all the meal was pretty small for a Adult

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We can't wait to go back to Hanmer to eat at this beaut restaurant. The food was "out of this world". I would suggest you phone and book your table well ahead. They had to turn so many people away as the restaurant was full.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Having gone back after two years we were delighted to find the same people and the same very high quality. Out of our 5 nights in Hamner we had takeaways once and dined in twice - brilliant. This restaurant will be keeping us coming back to Hamner absolutely wonderful.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Excellent food, excellent service. Thank you for making our wedding anniversary so memorable. Definitely a place we will be back to ear at again. Rate as one if the best places we have eaten at.

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Southbridge, null, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Wow what a awsome meal and some of the best service i have ever had. Will be back next time we are in Hanmer Springs.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 via mobile

There are not many restaurants where you taste dish after dish and look at the others around the table with wide eyes. The food was certainly excellent and our group of 4 were collectively delighted by the flavours and quality. The scallops were great and all the mains we selected awesome. The waitress, who was also the chef's wife, was... 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 - 28
Cuisine: Asian

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