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Malabar Restaurant (Indian & Nepalese cuisine)

€€ - €€€, Indian, Asian
40 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
+64 7-376 5454
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  • Excellent84%
  • Very good10%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“goat curry” (43 reviews)
“kashmiri rice” (11 reviews)
“prawns” (34 reviews)
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Nepalese, Indian, Asian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
40 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Ate here with friends on thursday night. Service was excellent and had one of the best butter chicken dishes ever. We will be back for sure.

Thank Ticktacktoe001
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very tasty Indian food with very quick service from wonderful staff. BYO wine only was a plus . The place was almost full but no problem waiting.

Thank jeff_fay
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is lovely, the service is great, they are very polite, friendly and wanting to make your experience there, perfect, we've been twice now with large groups and everything was perfect both times.

Thank Lisa5460
Reviewed 1 week ago

We followed the glowing reports from other Trip Advisor reviews. The staff were very welcoming but rather overstretched. We thought the food fairly average and did not warrant the glowing reviews.

Thank aged_snapper
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great menu of Indian dishes beautifully prepared and served, good portion sizes and freshly cooked - asked what level of spice you like mild to hot which is great for the less adventurous! Samosas were crisp and well filled, lovely fluffy rice and delicious korma....More

Thank HelenQM
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The goat curry was amazing! So was the chai tea - best I’ve had outside India! The staff were very helpful and friendly. Would highly recommend

Thank BoinDe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Probably our best Indian/Nepalese meal ever. We let our charming waiter choose our starters and mains and they came in a timely manner and were absolutely delicious. Definitely a must go to if you are in the area.

Thank zxcvbn1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went for dinner tonight and it was the best Indian food I have ever had! The staff were very attentive and the food came out very fast! We loved all of our dishes and had to take-away our leftovers as the portions were generous....More

Thank MRSTSP11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After reading great reviews we decided to dine here. Fabulous and surprisingly not that busy! Ursula greeted us and she was a fantastic waitress, professional and so polite!!! The menu is so varied and inexpensive too. We had some pappadams and Padora Chat?? Entree...so delicious!...More

Thank ChrissyPortmacquarie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We got take away from here on the weekend. The service was super friendly but I was so disappointed with the food (I had high expectations after reading the TA reviews). The vegetarian kofta was very dry and their were tiny bones all through the...More

Thank 776timothym
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Questions & Answers
16 March 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Malabar B | Property representative |
Yes, we are BYO. you are most welcome.
31 January 2017|
Response from Malabar B | Property representative |
thanks for your question yes we do have tandoori oven
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$31
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
  • Phone Number: +64 7-376 5454
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At The Malabar we bring to you the fine art of balancing taste, flavor and aroma. We capture the essence of traditional Indian & Nepalese cuisine and present it with contemporary flair. The result is a menu that’s authentic as well as innovative. We offer a blend of culturally rich cuisine of the Indian peninsula and the freshest New Zealand produce – prepared by our award -winning chef with a touch of his own alchemy.
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