Great food, great service, great wine and elegant surroundings
This restaurant is the bestI have been to in this region, excellent value for money, pleasant background music, beautifully decor and fantastic service, choice of inside or outside dining.
Favorite Dish: Any local dish can be recommended, also a great selection of local wines , but do try especially the 2003 Riesling from Canterbury House Winery
Assuming that Diner is American for Cafe - the Powerhouse Cafe is a small coffe shop come eatery that has a wide range of breakfast and lunch options plus a great selection of muffins, scones and a wide range of gluten free Friands which were fabulous.
The service is quick and the cooks very accommodating for gluten free eaters. We popped in here a couple of times for a take away coffee with Friand (pear, walnut & gooseberry, moccha) and also got a full cooked breakfast. All was very nice.
We had lunch at a pub in town...it was quite expensive (as are most/all places in Hanmer Springs for food) but the food was good and we had a nice view.
Favorite Dish: I had the Battered Blue Cod and it was really good! :)
Malabar is a posh looking place that serves up good Indian food. They have a takeaway service so if you want to save a few dollars and eat at home you can. As our holiday home was less than 200M up the road it was a perfect place to try.
The service is quick and the owners very friendly. The prices are very reasonable ($12 to $14 for the meals we got plus rice and Naan bread).
Favorite Dish: Angie got Chicken Tikka & I got Lamb Rogan Josh and both were really nice. Big enough that we had a bit left over for lunch the next day.
The Bakery provide items as its name would suggest plus really good coffee using Christchurch based Vivace beans. Plenty of options ranging from pies to filled rolls and all of the sweet items you'd expect. The coffee was always nice and the spiced chai latte made with powder (not the cheap & sweet syrup!).
Not much to choose from when it comes to eating out in Hamner Springs, but out of the few places to eat, The Log Cabin definitly is a winner. It just comes down to great food at a decent price.
Also while at the log cabin, checck out there collection of movies for rent on VHS. This was the second place i saw in Hanmer Springs that were renting out old school VHS movies. It's like stepping back in time. There is not much to do in Hanmer Springs at night, so why not sit back and rent a movie you havent seen in 20 years.
Deli and cafe where they bake and offer a whole range of European delicacies
Favorite Dish: Delicious little continental cake whic go down well with Italian coffee