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5 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs 7334, New Zealand
+64 3-315 7745
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Nelson, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2015 via mobile

Just had our second visit (first being a year ago) and both experiences were fantastic. It shows that malabar has been consistently great for a long time. The food, excellent and service to match. You can see that the owners and staff really care about their customers and that is the most important thing. We'll be back on our next... More 

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Thank Engliwi
Auckland, New Zealand
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2015 via mobile

After relaxing day at hanmer spa went here for a dinner. Heard lot about this place in past from my friends so was looking forward to it and give it try. Believe me or not, being an Indian and who tried most of Indian restaurants around the country, I will confidently say this place offers the best Butter Chicken you... More 

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Thank Likhil
Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2015 via mobile

Magnificent simple great enticing varied stunning service tasty fresh spiced right served perfect.. Heaven in Hanmer

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Thank Inorganical
Perth
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2015

Booked the Malabar by phone when they were closed. Less than an hour later they returned my call to confirm the booking. Food was more fusion Indian which made a change. The Lamb shank dish looked sizeable but was mostly a pile of bones with little meat on. Despite that it was tasty and I did have sufficient to feel... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2015

Pleasant environment and staff but the food was decidedly average. My chicken was very over cooked. The coating was spicy hot but lacking flavour and depth/ character. The dessert, creme brûlée, was pretty good but not anything special. Maybe we just made poor choices?

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Thank Egam2014
UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2015

Had dinner here with my wife on 9th April. Shared starters of scallops with pork belly and soft shelled crab, followed by Asian greens and duck confit. Quality was outstanding, service attentive, and everything spotlessly clean. Highly recommended.

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Thank macdivot
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2015

We were slightly surprised to find this place in Hanmer. It is one of the best new-style Indian influence restaurants we had visited in 3 continents. Very original use of traditional spicy ingredients, and so fresh! Very busy on a holiday weekend, but the service was impeccable, fast and personal. Can't recommend it highly enough. Suits couples and larger groups.... More 

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Thank John B
Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2015

Wow this restaurant is amazing! I love Asian fusion and to be honest this is one of the best I have had. Don't waste your time ordering and filling yourself up on rice as there are so many beautiful dishes to experience and enjoy. We completely over-ate but thoroughly enjoyed every single mouthful. Compliments to the chef and service staff... More 

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Thank Shanzy49
Geelong, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2015

My wife and I shared 3 of the starters with some extras (naan and rice) - the food was delicious and the setting lovely. Agree with all the positive reviews that led us here in the first place - its a great option for something a little different.

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Thank Peter M
Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2015 via mobile

A surprising place to find high quality beautifully presented food at fair prices. And the restaurant itself is very zen. Classy but not self important. Go if you can!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$28
Cuisine
Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?