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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
Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Firstly we were really struck by the design of the restaurant. Bright, clean, well lit and stylish. Really reflective of modern Indian/Asian fusion cuisine, the décor really added to the whole experience. The service, in a word; fantastic. We were greeted immediately and welcomed with smiles. Seated and tended to throughout the night, but not in a horribly intrusive way,... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We went for a romantic dinner for two for a special occasion. We asked for a quieter table and were offered one in the corner which was just what we needed. For an entree we shared the scallops and pork belly, which was beautifully presented with a lovely fusion of tastes. For mains he had the beef (and a glass... More

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christchurch
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went there recently with friends for my husbands birthday. The restaurant was busy so service wasn't super fast but the staff were very friendly and we really enjoyed our food and wine.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

We had. A wonderful meal of Duck And curried fish, both great dishes. Vegetable dish to accompany was delicious. Will return.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We are over from Brisbane and thought we would spend a few nights in Hanmer, the reception of our accommodation recommended Malabar and they were right. Service was impeccable and the staff were prompt and so friendly and the food was amazing. Not to mention how modern, clean and beautiful it was inside. Even the bathrooms were squeaky clean. Definitely... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

My girlfriend and I were looking for a place to eat in Hanmer and read a few reviews here. Malabar was an excellent choice and definitely lived up to its reputation. The food was wonderful and very well presented. Great vegetarian options too. Service friendly and efficient. Highly recommended!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Loved the food ( a bit pricey though) , but it's worth paying that much for celebrating special occasions

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We have been to Malabar many times and we enjoyed the experience and food thoroughly. The hostess is very friendly and menu is innovative and delicious. certainly recommend this

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Sadly we will not be travelling to Hanmer Springs this year for our 3rd Wedding Aniversary but I thought I would write a review for last year as time flies and I forgot too! The meal was superb and is always uniform! We hada lovely meal and even got take aways for later is that good and authentic yumm. The... More

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christchurch
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

very good indian food the butter chicken was the best I have ever tasted all the mains were exceptional the prices were very similar to other meals we had in Hanmer but this was a lovely experience attentive staff would highly recommend . they also do great takeaways if you would rather eat at home . enjoy

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