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“Outstanding!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of No.31 Restaurant & Bar

No.31 Restaurant & Bar
31 Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
+64 3-315 7031
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Price range: $13 - $30
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The former "Laurels" Restaurant re-opened its doors in May 2012, as "No.31 Restaurant & Bar", an A la Carte Restaurant specializing in modern European/New Zealand Cuisine. The restaurant is set in a quaint character cottage on the main street of Hanmer Springs. French doors open out to a lovely courtyard for alfresco dining and an outside bar leaner for pre-dinner drinks/cocktails in the warmer months. Inside the restaurant it is very homely, with an open fire, wooden floors and candle-lit tables. Award winning chef/owner, Michael van de Wiel ( previous chef/owner at "The Old Post Office Restaurant", Hanmer Springs, for 12 years). Fully Licensed and NOT BYO. Reservations Recommended.
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“Outstanding!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

No 31 came highly recommended by friends and it lived up to everything we were told. It was a step above the other restaurants we ate at in Hamner Springs. What I really liked was the emphasis on local goods. Try the Greystone Pinot Noir or Pegasus Bay Reisling. All within an hours drive. Not to mention the Angus Beef, Lamb etc.

Everything about this restaurant was 5 star!

Visited August 2014
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English first
Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Highly Recommend!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My husband and I stayed 2 nights in Hanmer. We dined at No 31 the first night and just had to return the following night for a second meal.The meals were beautifully presented and delicious. We both ordered a Roast Pork special the first night and the second night I had venison. My husband had steak followed by Tiramisu. We couldn't fault the meals. A lovely open fire made dining pleasant on a winters night.We didn't book the first night, but did the following night, as it is not a huge restaurant. Staff were very pleasant at all times.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brisbane, Australia
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Fine Dining Hanmer Springs Style”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The first night (Friday) we lopped in without a booking, and were turned away. The next night we tried again without a booking, and secured a spot 1 hour later. This was OK because we wanted to try some local ales up the road. The meals were excellent, service very good (French waiter), and atmosphere good. Tripadvisor rated the place highly, and it measured up well.

Visited August 2014
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Very good food and professional service here when we had dinner here one night. For example, the roast pork and the confit of duck were excellent. Can't really fault it

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Sydney, Australia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“You have to try this place! ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

My partner and I dined here whilst visiting Hanmer springs. We live in Sydney and have dined in many of the high end restaurants here. No 31 is on par, perhaps even better than most we've eaten at and we felt it was fantastic value for money. I note some people have commented on prices, paying for sides etc (this is standard in every fine dining restaurant I've been to) and I find that puzzling - the portions are very generous and the prices are also very reasonable compared to anything we are used to.Fine dining isn't about gorging on 1 meal, it's an experience, something you do occasionally and should be enjoyed by indulging in 3 courses and splashing out a little. You get what you pay for and at this restaurant we could tell the difference in the quality of the food compared to an establishment we went to the night before. The service staff were very friendly and attentive, we asked for a wine suggestion and the waitress recommended a local red which was so good we had 2 bottles! We finished the night off with a cocktail, all in all it was a fantastic night. This restaurant lives up to the hype in our opinion and I'd highly recommend it to everyone. We have even joked about flying back over to NZ just to eat there!!! Keep it up No 31!

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