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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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 444
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    Very good
  • 23
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  • 13
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  • 7
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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
Everything just awsome👍🏻

Had a visit to this place beautiful location, very good service and lamb shank was really really awesome in taste Will be back soon......👍🏻

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Rohit R
via mobile
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Food was good but only thing bad to say was there was not a lot of choice on the menu but in saying that the food that wad on it was great. The staff were very friendly and great service

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Thank Tompaterson
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a visit to this place beautiful location, very good service and lamb shank was really really awesome in taste Will be back soon......👍🏻

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Thank Rohit R
Suva, Fiji
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Prompt service. Very good food. A modern and pleasant atmosphere. It was our second visit and we'd be happy to go back.

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Thank Ralph760
Christchurch, New Zealand
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The nicest place to eat in Hanmer Springs. Always delicious and service as always impeccable. The only problem with Malabar is what dishes to choose from. Highly recommended.

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Thank Steve C
Perth
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice fusion Asian meals. Very good service. Slightly expensive, but nice for a treat. Looks like a cafe with big windows, but is a touch of class.

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Thank phbperth
York, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We knew we were onto a winner when we tried the door part way through the afternoon, found it locked, but quickly someone came to see how they could help. From there it got better. We returned in the evening for a great Fusion meal. The menu was limited compared to the UK, but I'd take that as a positive... More 

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Thank Y0rkTyke
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dined here 26th Jan for dinner. We had the onion bhaji as starters. These were on point! Coming from Auckland we have had plenty of Indian food and tried many Indian bhajis. These were at the top. For the mains we noted there wasn't butter chicken on the menu but asked if we could order this as it use to... More 

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Thank BoofieDuckie
SinghD2016, Owner at Malabar Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest We are thrilled to hear that the service & food you received from our team during your recent dine with us, left such a positive impression on you. Our chef always give their best to bring out high quality fusion food on plate. It is wonderful that the friendly, helpful and professional service you received from all our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food, service and ambience is outstanding. We had great evening here on our recent family visit to Hanmer Sprigns. We will definitely recommend this place as it was one best Asian dining experience I ever had. Don;t forget to try their Dumpling and Lamb Shank. Will definitely Back. : ) : )

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Thank Gurmukh S
SinghD2016, Owner at Malabar Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Gurmukh Thanks for taking time to review us. We are really glad that you enjoyed your experience. We looking forward to see you next time. Regards Harry More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for a delicious reasonably priced meal in Hanmer. I had the chicken chettinad and it was delicious and the roti flaky and tasty. My husband had the duck and it was amazing. Service was great, quiet and unobtrusive. A warm night so the bifolding doors were opened wide. Awesome!

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Thank Nicky S
SinghD2016, Owner at Malabar Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Nicky Thanks for your great feedback to our team. We believe in providing high quality fusion food with excellent service. We really appreciate your time to provide us feedback. Thanks again choosing Malabar for dining. We look forward to serve you again. Thanks Harry More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

4 adults and one child enjoyed 4 different mains & 4 individual desserts. We all thought they were fantastic & I cannot speak highly enough about the food, relaxed & attentive service. The restaurant was recommended by discerning friends. A busy mid week warm Hanmer evening, we thoroughly enjoyed & shared tastes of each meal. I would not hesitate to... More 

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Thank Gary V
SinghD2016, Owner at Malabar Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Garry Thanks for your great comment. We really appreciate your time to provide us feedback. Thanks again choosing Malabar for dining. We hope to see you soon. Thanks Harry More 

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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: Indian, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?