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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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  • Excellent85%
  • Very good9%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“goat curry” (41 reviews)
“kashmiri rice” (10 reviews)
“prawns” (32 reviews)
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Nepalese, Indian, Asian, Chinese, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
40 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

An excellent fusion of Indian and Nepalese cuisine. Went with waiters recommendation and were very impressed. A must if in Taupo

Thank Anne-Marie R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I love Indian cuisine as my wife is Sikh and I just love the food. This place while not a genuine Indian restaurant—it is Nepalese. Is amazing. I had the goat curry and it was delicious. The bone is in the dish...More

Thank Islandhacker
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had dinner with friends on 2 Sept. The moment we walked in, we were served by a friendly staff who sit us down with the warmest smile. Food was good favoured, good portion and good value for money. Recommended and will be back for more...More

Thank Adric N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had one of the paneer dishes with steamed rice and garlic naan. I ordered very similar neals in both India & Nepal. The only difference being $23 NZD. I know I know... New Zealand isn't India/Nepal BUT as a consumer price is important to...More

Thank Brandon P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited as a stop off after Hobbiton on the way to Mount Ruapehu. Wow, the food at Malabar is outstanding!! This is the best Indian & Nepalese food we’ve ever eaten (in Aus & NZ). The Lamb Junglee and Prawns Malabar are both so...More

Thank Dotb4me
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came to Malabar for dinner tonight with our 2 year old toddler. The staff were so friendly and accommodating, joking around with the toddler and making sure we were happy with our food. Everything we ordered was exceptional (papadam mint yoghurt soooo good, a...More

Thank Aimee-2612
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Full of flavour, generous portions, friendly and professional service! We had samosas, kushmiri rice, goat curry, tikka masala and lassi!! Really enjoyed it!!

Thank chocolatecake88
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Top notch. So many unique flavors and dishes. Manchow soup was one of the best soups we’ve had. Definitely would come back.

Thank Quest735330
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friendly Staff and dishes were served as per our dietary requirements. Delicious Jain food without any waste of time. Super tasty food from Soup to Desert. Thanks

Thank MeghaS248
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This cafe is advertised as Indian and Nepalese food. The traditional dishes were served with a slightly different twist. Excellent service and wonderful food.

Thank PhillipaK9
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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
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  • Value
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 30
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
Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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