Malaka spice ( Phoenix market city mall, Pune)


In a nutshell
A great collage of food from different Far East Asian countries, at times beyond the obvious. Strangely ‘boring basa’ is the only fish available here!!!

the logo
the logo

Address & other details:  Malaka spice

Meal for 2: 800 onwards

Cuisine type :  vegetarian & nonvegetarian

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bill -proof of payment
bill -proof of payment

I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster.

Short description- in case u r in a hurry:

We had read about this restaurant on the social media. So we decided to drop in.

dining hall
dining hall

The restaurant was nicely done up inside. There was a bar on the left, near the entrance. The dining hall was square shaped with tables of 4 all over the area.

inside the restaurant
inside the restaurant

There were lots of framed pics on the walls and a few large mirrors. Loved the umbrella decor of the ceiling

furniture
furniture

The food here is made from produce of local organic farms. Coconut milk, we were told was extracted from fresh coconuts , no packaged coconut milk. Similarly they do not use bottled vinegar but use fresh souring agents.

slow cooked lamb
slow cooked lamb

The dishes, they declare, have been tweaked while keeping the original in mind. That is a great approach than claiming to be authentic but serving an indianized product.

a note
a note

Serving guys r difficult to get hold of. We had to keep waving to catch attention. Maincourse took extremely high time. Inspite of telling them to keep serving us one by one, they served everything at one go.

Menu card is a piece of art – it had beautiful illustrations, description of the dishes and a great foreward.

menu card first page
menu card first page

The best part was that the offering was not the regular ‘run of the mill’ Chinese or south East Asian fare sold in india. There were quite a few dishes that I hv never seen in india.

My regret about the menu was that fish meant only basa , which to me is like industrial food with no taste or texture to talk about.

Detailed description- in case u hv the time to njoy reading:

We started the lunch with Lamb chops – these were truely succulent, full of flavours of the meat as well as the marination.

Lamb chops

The texture was too good and so was the taste. Awesome. Rate it 4.75/5

Slow cooked mutton was not good. It was one of those dishes that we ate a big and left out the balance. The meat was over refrigerated and had started smelling. Inedible and hence it gets 0/5. Our server asked us if we want to pack it but did not ask if the dish was OK.

Slow cooked mutton
Slow cooked mutton

Topaz curry prawns was superb again. It had lots of very good prawns in a very flavourful yellow curry. The prawns were in perfect texture and had great fairs. They were soft and bit chewy. The tanginess of the curry was very enjoyable. Rate it 4.5/5

Topaz curry prawns
Topaz curry prawns

We enjoyed the main course with Roti kanai – similar to Malabar parota, thus dish travelled with people from Kerala to the Far east during the raj era. Flaky, crispy, tasty on its own and really nice rotis. Rate them 4.5/5

Roti kanai
Roti kanai

For dessert we had Chocolate walnut tart with ice cream. The ice cream was very ordinary unflavoured one. Wud hv expected a real flavourful vanilla pod based , made Inhouse ice cream to have been served here. Am not rating the ice cream.

Chocolate walnut tart with ice cream
Chocolate walnut tart with ice cream

The tart was excellent. The base was very good and so was the mid part. The walnuts were still crisp. Loved it. Rate it 4.5/5

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Overall rating of food at this restaurant averages out to 3.65/5

Sans the meat goof up rating averages out to 4.65/5

In general the food was excellent except 1 dish.

Wud love to revisit to try other dishes

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