Founded in 1997 by the couple - Praful and Cheeru Chandawarkar, Malaka Spice has established itself as an inspired Southeast Asian Restaurant, located in the picturesque by lanes of Koregaon Park, Pune.
Malaka Spice is not just a restaurant; it's a story of passion, dedication, and a dream that became a reality.
Praful had recently quit his successful career as an investment banker, and along with Cheeru – his wife and a talented chef – they decided to embark on their dream of opening up their own restaurant.
They traveled extensively across Southeast Asia and picked the best aspects of each region and tossed them together into a set of carefully developed recipes.
Today, Malaka Spice has multiple outlets across India and is known for its inspired Southeast Asian cuisine, warm ambience, and exceptional service. Praful and Cheeru's dream has become a reality, and their passion for food continues to inspire and delight their customers every day.
Their dedication to creating a unique dining experience for their customers is what sets Malaka Spice apart from the rest. It's not just about the food, it's about the journey and the experience that comes with it.
At Malaka Spice, we believe that every meal should be a journey that tantalizes your taste buds and takes you on an adventure through Southeast Asia.
Each meal that you have at Malaka Spice is a result of many culinary tours taken in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan and Cambodia. A lot of time was spent exploring the local kitchens in these countries followed by our own innovations, cooking and tasting conducted over and over again to bring to you the perfect creative twist on your plate!
Every Season, we release a new seasonal menu at Malaka Spice for a period of three to four months which is inspired by our travels and reflects a different part of Asia or brings together local, seasonal produce onto the plate in a way which is truly Malaka.
Over the years we have wanted to serve our guests the best when it comes to both food and drink; from supporting Indian breweries and vineyards by carefully curating a menu that showcases the best of the region, we really believe in drinking and eating local.
Our Farm to Table philosophy extends to our bar as well, where we use fresh and natural ingredients to craft innovative cocktails that perfectly complement our dishes.
Even in the bar it is our commitment to sustainability that feeds innovation- we introduce a new menu every three months, to keep our offerings fresh and relevant to our customers as well as ensuring that the produce we use in the menu is seasonal and fresh!
The Malaka Spice Art Gallery is a unique space within the renowned Malaka Spice restaurants that showcases the work of talented artists.
With a rich history spanning 26 years, Malaka Spice has embraced art as an integral part of its culture and ethos. The gallery provides a platform for both established and emerging artists to display their artwork, creating a vibrant and dynamic environment for visitors.
The Malaka Spice Art Gallery exhibits various forms of art, including paintings, sculptures, installations, and mixed-media works. By hosting regular art exhibitions and rotating displays, the gallery provides a dynamic platform for artists to reach a broader audience.
It also fosters a supportive and collaborative environment, encouraging dialogue and connections between artists, visitors, and the local community.
We focus on bringing the best recipes, dishes and flavors from South East Asia on your plate. Our goal is to preserve the flavor profiles of each dish, while still working with our inspirations but maintaining the integrity of each cuisine. The only way to achieve that is to recreate them from scratch with regionally authentic spices and the freshest ingredients. We have travelled extensively across Southeast Asia and picked the best aspects of each region and tossed them together into a set of carefully developed and self curated recipes.
At Malaka Spice we wish to navigate your palates through an adventurous journey of flavors through our inspired Asian Cuisine.
Meet the exceptional team that drives the vision of Malaka Spice and brings its unique brand of hospitality to life. From the visionary founder who dared to dream big and create something truly special, the CEO who took the brand to new heights, the marketing manager who makes sure every guest has an unforgettable experience, to the director who puts the care and well-being of the team at the forefront of everything they do.
Each member of the Malaka Spice team is driven by a passion for hospitality and a commitment to excellence in their respective functions. With a focus on providing exceptional service, innovative cuisine, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere, they work tirelessly to ensure that every guest feels like family. Let us introduce you to the dynamic team behind the magic of Malaka Spice.
Praful Chandawarkar is a highly accomplished restauranteur and the founder-director of Malaka Spice, a renowned restaurant in India. In 1997, he left his successful Investment Banking career to pursue his dream of establishing his own restaurant. Together with his late wife Cheeru Chandawarkar, Praful traveled extensively across Southeast Asia, bringing back recipes and creating the Malaka Spice menu that we know and love today.
Praful is widely recognized as a leading figure in the hospitality industry, having made an unparalleled contribution over the past two decades. In 2016, he was honored with the 'Best Restauranteur of the Year' award at the Times Food Awards, a testament to his exceptional leadership and culinary expertise.
In addition to Malaka Spice, Praful also runs Tvum, a new restaurant venture that specializes in serving ancient Indian recipes. Despite his busy schedule, Praful remains committed to providing exceptional dining experiences to his customers and promoting the rich culinary heritage of India.
Shrijith Ravindran is the dynamic CEO of Malaka Spice, who has been an integral part of the company for over 17 years. He started as a steward while pursuing his Diploma and has risen through the ranks to become the CEO, playing a pivotal role in shaping the success of Malaka Spice.
Throughout the past two decades, Shrijith has been instrumental in every significant step that the company has taken. He led the expansion of Malaka Spice from a small setup to a prominent restaurant in Koregaon Park, Pune. Additionally, he played a key role in launching the first franchise and expanding the business nationwide.
Shrijith's strategies have helped to improve the company's bottom line significantly, making him an admired figure in the organization. He is also known for his passion for sports, especially football, and his love for travel. In 2001, he was part of the team that won the Limca Book of Awards for baking the biggest pizza in India, showcasing his dedication and enthusiasm in all aspects of his life.
Anuja Bhondwe leads the marketing and guest engagement team at Malaka Spice. She is responsible for ensuring that all the marketing activities for the Malaka Spice restaurants are carried out smoothly. Anuja's leadership and the support of her efficient team have contributed greatly to the success of Malaka Spice.
Aside from her professional role, Anuja is a big foodie and loves to travel. She has a particular weakness for desserts, and you might find her indulging in a sweet treat when she's not busy strategizing. Anuja's passion for food and travel inspires her work at Malaka Spice, where she strives to create memorable experiences for guests through innovative marketing campaigns and exceptional service.
Ameeta Menon is a highly experienced industry professional with over 25 years of experience in the hospitality sector. She currently serves as the Director of Human Care, Training, and Process for Chiranjeev Hospitality Group. Ameeta is also a Co-Founder of Chiranjeev Gurukul, a Leadership Development Academy that is based on the principles of Eternal Indian Wisdom. She has also founded Healyam, a Well-being Initiative that operates as a vertical of Chiranjeev Gurukul.
As a Life Transformation Coach and Integrated Holistic Practitioner, Ameeta uses Indian Wisdom in her teaching methodology. She has curated several unique wellness programs for institutions, corporates, and sports academies. Her programs have been well-received and have helped individuals and organizations achieve their wellness goals.
She now is involved wholly with Chiranjeev Gurukul and brings the wisdom of transformational leadership to Malaka Spice and the entire team!
Pradeep Nair is a true gem at Malaka Spice, having been a part of the team for several years. As the F&B controller, he is responsible for overseeing the food and beverage operations and ensuring that everything runs smoothly. His expertise and experience in the industry have made him an invaluable asset to the team.
In addition to his professional skills, Pradeep is also known for his warmth and approachable personality. He has a unique ability to connect with his colleagues on a personal level and is often regarded as an elder brother by many in the organization. His approachability and willingness to listen and guide have made him a trusted confidant for many.
Pradeep's entrepreneurial spirit is evident in the fact that he was the first person to introduce fresh coconuts to the restaurant. He saw the potential of this offering and made it a regular feature on the menu. This initiative not only added a unique touch to the dining experience but also highlighted Malaka Spice's commitment to providing fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Pradeep has also been instrumental in many of Malaka Spice's successful projects, particularly during the restaurant's growth stage. His insight and strategic planning have helped the restaurant navigate through challenges and emerge as a leading brand in the culinary industry.
Chandrakant Phirke, the General Manager of Malaka Spice, has been an integral part of the organization for the past 8 years. During his time with us, he has played a significant role in establishing and implementing the processes that make our operations efficient and effective.
Under his leadership, we successfully launched our first franchise outlet, Malaka Spice Baner in Pune, as well as our first restaurants outside of Pune. He was also responsible for introducing a unique cooling system in The Tap Room by Malaka Spice, which has proven to be incredibly effective.
CK's dedication and hard work have not gone unnoticed, as he has been nominated four times for the prestigious 'Manager of the Year - Malaka Spice Group' award and has won it twice.
His expertise and experience in project management have been invaluable to Malaka Spice's growth and success, and he continues to be an essential member of our team. We are proud to have him as our General Manager and look forward to his continued contributions to the organization.
Dnyaneshwar Joshi is an essential member of our team at Malaka Spice, serving as our Purchase Manager. With over nine years of experience in the role, he has played a crucial role in implementing effective cost-control measures for the company's new initiatives.
He was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the company for his outstanding contributions. Thanks to his expertise and careful management, we have been able to maintain high quality standards while keeping costs under control. We are grateful to have Dnyaneshwar as part of our team and look forward to his continued success with us.
Meet Rohan Mahabal, our incredibly talented Executive Chef.
With a wealth of experience from some of the most recognised hospitality brands in India and abroad, his culinary expertise is much required at our restaurants and his ability to experiment and research new recipes helps us to launch our seasonal menus every quarter.
But that's not all - Rohan's passion for creating extends beyond the kitchen. During his free time, he's either busy tending to his garden or channelling his inner artist with a paintbrush in hand. This artistic streak spills over into our food presentation, transforming each dish into a stunning masterpiece that's almost too beautiful to eat.
We're proud to have Rohan in our team, and his dedication and creativity play a vital role in our success here at Malaka Spice.
Ilvika Chandawarkar is the Research and Business Development Manager at Malaka Spice. She brings with her over four years of experience working with the prestigious Taj group of hotels. During her time there, she served as the restaurant manager at Shamiana, the all-day dining restaurant at the iconic Taj Mahal Palace and Tower.
In her role as Project Manager, Ilvika is responsible for overseeing the design and construction of new Malaka Spice locations. She works closely with architects, contractors, and vendors to ensure that every detail is executed to perfection.
When she's not busy managing projects, Ilvika indulges in her other passions, including writing, painting, cooking, and reading. She is an avid traveler and loves nothing more than discovering new places, meeting new people, and embarking on exciting adventures. Her passion for creativity, combined with her meticulous attention to detail, make her an invaluable asset to the Malaka Spice team.