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PRICE RANGE
US$6 - US$32
CUISINES
Nepalese, Indian, Asian, International
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Sponsored by: Malabar Indian Restaurant & Bar (Nepalese & Indian Cuisine)

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. HIDDEN GEM MUST VISIT IN TAUPO
1. HIDDEN GEM MUST VISIT IN TAUPO
"the menu reflects more traditional Indian and Nepalese food"
caitri0nat
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2. REALLY VERY GOOD FOOD
2. REALLY VERY GOOD FOOD
"Himalayan Chicken and Goat, both the dishes tasted amazing"
Vinane
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3. BEST INDIAN & NEPALESE FOOD
3. BEST INDIAN & NEPALESE FOOD
"We placed our entree of prawn & fish & thoroughly enjoyed it."
Travel_Bug1109
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Just wow! Taupo was packed on Saturday night and we didn’t have a dinner reservation. The owners of our apartment had included Malabar in their recommendations so we thought we would try it out and we are so pleased we did. The food was fresh,...tasty and if you chose the Nepalese options - quite different from the usual Indian fare. The warm and friendly service was exceptional. All three of us ordered starters or entrees and here was the only problem. For two of us they were so large we then struggled with our mains. We should have shared. The staff were really concerned when we left so much food so I hope they read this and know that we really meant it when we said we were full. We were moving on from Taupo the next day otherwise I would have taken up the offer for takeaway. This is my new ‘go to’ in Taupo.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 12 March 2020

We stopped here for lunch during our return from a 10 day road trip. Pining for some home cooked taste, and Malabar just delivered on that front. Great personalized service. We tried both Chicken and Lamb Momo's [ Dumplings ]. Absolutely yum. Had a Himalaya...Kukked Curry. Just the right taste. Lamb Junglee and a wonderful Dal [ Lentil Soup ]. Absolutely brilliant food. This was recommended to us and would not hesitate recommending to anyone else...More

Date of visit: January 2020
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chhatrakumal2018, Owner at Malabar Indian Restaurant & Bar (Nepalese & Indian Cuisine), responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2020

Dear Sabyasachi Thank you very much for wonderful review, we are so glad that you enjoyed each and every food that you had it. It was really fun chatting with you guys. We look forward to seeing you again.. Thank you

Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best Nepalese restaurant in Taupo Best service Guy was excellent and so good at service Highly recommended

Date of visit: January 2021
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Malabar B, Manager at Malabar Indian Restaurant & Bar (Nepalese & Indian Cuisine), responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Sagar G Thank you very much for your wonderful review, we are so glad that you had a good experience with us. We look forward to see you Thank you very much

Reviewed 1 week ago

Recommended by the Motel owner we stayed at (Absolute Motel) and got a 20% discount, was fabulous, one of the best we have ever had - the naan breads as out of this world. Nice.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Malabar B, Manager at Malabar Indian Restaurant & Bar (Nepalese & Indian Cuisine), responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Ian Thank you very much for your wonderful review, we are so glad that you had a good experience with us. We look forward to see you Thank you very much

Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this restaurant. The food was amazing matched with great service!! Loved the variety of Nepalese food mixed with Indian. We had starters (shared between the table of 7 pax) and each person had a main course -- NOT ONE SINGLE complaint - everyone RAVED...about the food!! Stunning!! Would definitely recommend going here!!More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Malabar B, Manager at Malabar Indian Restaurant & Bar (Nepalese & Indian Cuisine), responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Kerry Thank you very much for your wonderful review, we are so glad that you had a good experience with us. We look forward to see you Thank you very much

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a fabulous meal at Malabar last night with our family. Everyone including 4 children thoroughly enjoyed their meals. Lovely staff who made you feel special, very friendly. Thank you.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Malabar B, Manager at Malabar Indian Restaurant & Bar (Nepalese & Indian Cuisine), responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Judier Thank you very much for your wonderful review, we are so glad that you had a good experience with us. We look forward to see you Thank you very much

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Extremely good staff and very tasty food. Keep up the work coming back to eat the indo Chinese. Very prompt food and service did not have to wait at all.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Malabar B, Manager at Malabar Indian Restaurant & Bar (Nepalese & Indian Cuisine), responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Angelica Thank you very much for your wonderful review, we are so glad that you had a good experience with us. We look forward to see you Thank you very much

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every time we travel via Taupo we eat at Malibar. It never disappoints. Friendly helpful staff, the very best food selection and a handy location. We always go with the Nepalese menu choices and especially enjoy the Momo and Duo lamb. The yellow Dahl is...the best of any we have had. Great choices for children who are also well catered for ( our grandchildren with us again this time) Will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Malabar B, Manager at Malabar Indian Restaurant & Bar (Nepalese & Indian Cuisine), responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Beven Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It was pleasure to see you again with your family. Every on at Malabar loved to see your grandchildren they are really cute and amazing. We always enjoy playing with them. (The little charm left...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited after reading reviews on Trip Advisor. It definitely didn’t disappoint and we’re hoping for another visit later in the week. We ordered Lamb 2 Ways, lamb shank, lamb junglee and two prawn dishes. All were delicious although we felt the the lamb shank...was the star - if we had to pick one. The crushed potato that comes with it was totally yum! Would honestly recommend all the dishes and we can’t wait to go back and try more. The waiter was so lovely and very helpful recommending dishes.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Malabar B, Manager at Malabar Indian Restaurant & Bar (Nepalese & Indian Cuisine), responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Lisa Thank you very much for your wonderful review, we are so glad that you had a good experience with us. We look forward to see you Thank you very much

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restuarant had been recommended by my host at my accomodation and it didnt dissapoint. Loved the flavours, the service was prompt and friendly and as a solo diner, I felt totally relaxed in the restaurant atmosphere. A great range of food to choose from,...but my highlight was the drink that I finished off my meal with. I tried the Tasty Tamarind Thunder which had been recommended by the waitress and it hit the spot, tangy, refreshing, and cooling....so much so, I went back the next day for lunch and another Tamarind Drink. My new fav eating place in TaupoMore

Date of visit: January 2021
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Malabar B, Manager at Malabar Indian Restaurant & Bar (Nepalese & Indian Cuisine), responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Lyn Thank you very much for your wonderful review, we are so glad that you had a good experience with us. We look forward to see you Thank you very much

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archietitch
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Response from chhatrakumal2018 | Property representative |
Yes, we are BYO. you are most welcome.
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Tigger4ever2014
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Response from chhatrakumal2018 | Property representative |
thanks for your question yes we do have tandoori oven
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