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“The new best restaurant in Hanmer Springs” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of No.31 Restaurant & Bar

No.31 Restaurant & Bar
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$27
Cuisines: European, New Zealand
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“The new best restaurant in Hanmer Springs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2012

What a wonderful dining experience for two dedicated foodies ! The setting of this lovely restaurant is cosy and unpretentious as is the fabulous food cooked by chef Micheal van De Wiel. The menu is underlined by fresh local produce cooked and presented imaginatively in generous portions.
We sat by a roaring fire, and even though there were other diners it felt quite intimate. Service was friendly,efficient and attentive.
You can tell that a good chef is at the helm when your scallops are cooked perfectly, the lamb is perfect pink and the good quality produce is allowed to speak for itself, And... of course the chocolate fondant is as oozey as only a perfect fondant should be.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Helen B
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Temuka, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nice food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2012

Very nice restaurant. BYO great! Chicken moist and tender. Very yummy dessert!! Excellent service..

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank R S
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Dunedin, New Zealand
1 review
“Hanmer Springs "best kept" Fine Dining Secret”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2012

We think (know) we stumbled on Hanmer Springs "best kept Fine Dining experience"- arrived at 5.30pm preferring an early meal-initially hesitant as we were the only Diners - wondering if we had made the right choice- but after being greeted by a bubbly waitress and checking the menu - we were pleasantly surprised- cannot remember the last meal we enjoyed so much on our travels - you have to experience it - your only challenge will be what to eat!! I loved the Mushroom entre and the duck was devine and the dessert just topped the whole thing off-Gorgeous premises - cosy and warm. We will return soon - we are sure it won't be long before this humble little Restaurant is a secret no more and we will definitely book to ensure we are not disappointed.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Frances D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great food and service in a nice setting - and it's BYO”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2012

Our family of 4 adults had dinner at No 31 last Saturday. The restaurant was lovely and warm (fireplace and heat pumps) despite a frosty night. The waiting staff were pleasant and helpful without hovering. The tables were sufficiently spaced that you didn't feel aware of other people.

We each selected different food choices and we all enjoyed every one of our 3 courses. Highlights were the duck, the lamb, the licorice pudding and the ginger nut ice cream!

Finding out the restaurant was happy for us to bring our own wine was a real plus. $10/bottle corkage seemed fine to us. The wine list looked reasonable also.

Overall a lovely evening. We will happily eat here again.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank daree
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful food, wonderful night!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012 via mobile

Food was exquisite, lovely surroundings.
Fantastic service!
Yummy Cocktails
A real pleasure

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Thank Mccabefamil
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