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“Excellent Rogan Josh and Fish Curry”
Review of Malabar Restaurant

Malabar Restaurant
Price range: $6 - $28
Cuisines: Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
“Excellent Rogan Josh and Fish Curry”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

The food was excellent. I'm not qualified to say whether it was authentic or not, but I've eaten at many Indian restaurants around the world and this was up there with the best. Would certainly return. The Rogan Josh (lamb shank) was delicious -- it had clearly been stewing for a while, with the meat and potatoes soaking up the spices. The service was excellent, and the price was reasonable considering the location.

  • Visited July 2014
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Nelson
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Indian Confusion”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

As we were walking past the restaurant the spice smell drew us ever closer, and we decided to sample the menu
It is called an Indian fusion menu but I am afraid I found it a confusion. On a personal level none of the meals were overly appetizing, so I settled for spicy lamb shanks
Sorry but it missed the mark disastrously
The setting and staff are great but I am afraid the food is nowhere near decent Indian.
A poor eating experience in a lovely setting is the best I can say

  • Visited April 2014
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great food & service”
Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

Really enjoyed returning to the Malabar restaurant. The service was excellent, attentive but didn't crowd. Loved the authentic Indian food I ate although was overpriced for what it was. The gas fire provides a warm atmosphere especially in winter.

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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“A top class dining experience ”
Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

We dined at Malabar today as part of our 20th wedding anniversary celebrations. I'll be honest, this sort of dining would normally be above our price range but we decided to give it a try as we wanted to try something new and go for something a little bit special. We weren't disappointed.

The fine dining experience is clearly a passion for Anette & Sudip and this passion shines through in everything they do at Malabar. The service, the presentation, the flavours, the ambience and even the advice if you're not sure what to have is just 100 percent.

We were not alone in our reviews. Many of the customers leaving as we were waiting to be seated, also had a very pleasant evening and were clearly very excited about their culinary experiences.

We had the scallops, fish curry, lamb rogan josh, and the affogotto. Some photos included.

You simply cannot come to Hanmer without dining here.

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Thank ViralPoet
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Good, but not great.”
Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

We found the tasting plates as starters absolutely fantastic. Beautiful flavours, lovely presentation. Couldn't fault them.

For mains though, it wasn't very well balanced - we ordered the pork belly and duck dishes - each was really just a lot of duck and pork respectively - not a lot of variety.

Very flavoursome though.

Visited June 2014
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