Malaka Spice

I have been to handful countries as well as countless cities in India but never in my life would have come across a restaurant for which everyone raves and swears about when it comes to food, I’m mostly a person who would shy away from people’s suggestion and would go with my personal choice as I feel most of them would be unable to deconstruct the taste and underlying value but this one has so many recommendations that I could not dare ignore.

On entering the place at Lane no 5, Koregaon park it has strange resemblance with Prem’s from across the street which was my favorite long time ago. There are 2 women waiting to welcome you at the gate and even take your contact details so that they can coordinate with you if there is any delay or waiting as such, I was lucky to find a place without any delay though.

Nokozume
Nokozume

The menu is a vast spread of Pan-Asian cuisine with strong bend on Malay & Thai traditional cuisines I started with Nokozume or the Stuffed mushroom parcel which were medium-sized mushrooms laced in spinach and flash fried served with a sweet and sour sauce next was the Gai Hor Bai Toey or the Chicken in Pandanu leaves which were big sized boneless cuts of chicken rolled and steamed in Pandanu leaves giving it a great taste.

Gai Hor Bai Toey
Gai Hor Bai Toey
Pumpkin Chips
Pumpkin Chips

Initially I was reluctant in ordering the Pumpkin chips but believe me this is what outright wins the race against anything I would have had there it was Chef Cheeru’s original recipe of thick slices of Pumpkin deep-fried and served with curry leaves like a no fuss starter and the taste was beyond imagination even to my well waxed taste buds. A great drink cannot be ruled out in all this glorified food so I went with the teams suggestion of Melon freeze which complimented the starters well.

Melon Freeze
Melon Freeze
Malaka Penang curry
Malaka Penang curry

For the main course I had Malaka Penang curry which is like a litmus test for Malay food and it tasted heaven with the perfect mix of cinnamon, cloves, coconut milk and galangal. To keep the original taste intact I paired the dish with organic herbed brown rice and both tasted just about perfect and the quantity too is good enough to fill atleast till the Adam’s apple.

Organic herbed brown rice
Organic herbed brown rice

For the sweets I went with a simple Chocolate Mousse which was a bit disappointing with unusually thick mousse froth but maybe that’s only because it was served right out of the chiller to me and it was almost time to wind up the place.

Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Mousse

The total PLF (pocket loosening factor) of the food mentioned above was 2100 INR. The place can be contacted on 9595288288 and its suggested to book a place before you walk in. Suggestive orders are Pumpkin chips, Malaka Penang curry and Herbed brown rice.

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11 comments

  1. Okay.. so this is one place mentioned in your blog that I have been to multiple times.. and I go chomp chomp chomp chomp! Lol.

    Whilst I was in college, (like until last year), they used to have happy hours from 2pm to 6pm wherein they offered a flat 50% discount on the bill. As students always have a big hole in their pockets, we used to go for our supper at 5:30pm, order a biggggg meal, make payment before 6 and happily munch till we were full. Saved a lot always. Jhala roti, top hat, chicken satay, thai green curry etc etc etc.. Lol. Good days.

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    • Ouu, someone from Pune… I did my grads from here. The place didn’t exist till my student times but just last November I made it here and everyone was going gaga over the food, left me no choice and I was here.
      College days were so good, we had prems nearby and I used to visit there often. Phew, good no great times.
      Pff, we were cheap people back in collage (even today) we would visit camp area mostly, dig the by lanes for that amazing food. Those were the days but the city disappoints me now, so much crowd 😦

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