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“Best meal we had on a trip right round the South Island”

No.31 Restaurant & Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $28
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Reviewed March 19, 2014

We booked in advance and found the restaurant next to our motel. The motel manager also recommended it.
Both the ingredients and the cooking are high quality. Its the difference between a cook and a chef. Everything was finely done, and the service, advice and wine were to match.
We echo all the other recent reviews. This is somewhere special - it competes with the best chefs. We spend a lot of time in London - and so we've tried a lot. This stands with the best of them.
And, to boot, its relaxed....
Book now - you'll enjoy it!

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Thank 579pennyj
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Reviewed March 18, 2014

We live where there are many fine dining restaurants but we rate "31" as the best restaurant we have been to in years.

Thank marshall46
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

Being gluten free can be hard, but the food at No.31 was divine, every mouthful was a taste sensation and cooked to perfection, the chicken, lamb, vegetables, everything was delicious, especially the chocolate fondant (it was gf but you wouldn't know it was that good) best fondant I have ever had in my whole life. If you only go for dinner one time in Hanmer Springs, make sure it is to No.31, you won't be disappointed...meals were very generous too..

Thank Meisha D
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

I had given up all hope of finding more than gourmet pub fodder in Manner - and then we went to No. 31. This was one of those meals where conversation is interrupted as we both closed our eyes and simply savoured. Just to manage expectations this is not a place where you will find astonishing innovation - but you will find flavours and textures beautifully executed- and for the first time I appreciated the concept of foam on my plate. I'm noise sensitive so enjoyed the effect of a moderate number of diners at 8.30pm, and may I recommend you let staff make your wine choices for you. They let slip that they are contemplating opening for lunch as well as dinner...A very special place.

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Thank Shak33n0mn0ms
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Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

We walked past this restaurant on our way back to motel and the menu looked amazing!
We went back at 7pm, and had lovely service and the steak was beautiful!
A little bit pricy, but the ambience was priceless! Highly recommend!

Thank Jen h
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