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Chennai Spice

Restaurant Indian restaurant

One of the Best Places To Visits in Lilongwe


401 Laws Avenue, Lilongwe, Malawi



+265 991 10 14 01

Price rating

$$ $$

Rating on Google Maps

4.70 (99 reviews)

Open on Google Maps

Working Hours

  • Saturday: 9 AM to 3 PM, 5 to 9:30 PM
  • Sunday: 9 AM to 3 PM, 5 to 9:30 PM
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 11 AM to 3 PM, 5 to 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 11 AM to 3 PM, 5 to 9:30 PM
  • Thursday: 11 AM to 3 PM, 5 to 9:30 PM
  • Friday: 11 AM to 3 PM, 5 to 9:30 PM

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  • 4/5 Brian K. 1 year ago on Google
    We had the paneer dosa and the Chitinad chicken. Both were good, but the paneer was more like a shredded cheese. I am posting all of the pages of the menu with this review. If you find it helpful, please click helpful. Also note that there is a 16.5% tax on top of the menu prices listed. Some restaurants include VAT in pricing, this one does not.
    7 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Umali M. 4 years ago on Google
    Very nice place to be I really like and enjoy working at this place plz come and try the food very nice and delicious that you will never regret, you will receive a good service by professional waiters and waitress,, Umali, Vider and Robert
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 somerset p. 4 years ago on Google
    It has been a long time since there was a good Indian restaurant in Malawi. Chennai Spice in Lilongwe has finally delivered what we have all been waiting for - excellent, authentic, quality, value for money, carefully prepared, warmly offered - Indian food. It not only earns the best Indian restaurant award, but is probably one of the best overall restaurants in the country at present. What a joy to look forward to a meal out again, and come home after an exceptional, superb, outstanding experience! Keep it up Chennai Spice!
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Jass 3 years ago on Google
    The best Indian restaurant in town. Best Mysore Dosa and Parata. Even price is reasonable compared to some other restaurants.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 R G. 4 years ago on Google
    Presently the best South Indian food in town.Try the Egg Dum Paratha too
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Takondwa J. 1 year ago on Google
    The flavours were perfect, the food was served hot. Excellent time was had by all. Definately recommended if you live perfect flavours. And they serve alcohol too.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Lorenzo P. 1 year ago on Google
    My experience at Chennai Spice has always been truly an amazing. This location gets an A star from me in all the 7 P's. I would probably consider not living anymore if this place shut down as the food here is something to live for on its own. Anyone who doesn't at least give it a try is missing out on fundamental experiences which life has to offer. From the bottom of my heart and stomach I ask you to give this place a try.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Naa Dodua D. 10 months ago on Google
    It's a relatively small and unassuming restaurant, but the food is the best Indian I've tasted in Lilongwe. They're open for lunch and then for dinner from 5 pm. The service is quick, food is fresh, and there are different spice levels you can choose from. Another big plus is that there's a system where you can order online and have it delivered, and the riders never get lost!

  • 5/5 Jeremy W. 2 years ago on Google
    Such a yummy curry served with a huge smile from the very welcoming staff. We definitely will come back when we return to Lilingwe.

  • 4/5 Karen K. 8 months ago on Google
    This restaurant is a hidden gem! The food was fantastic and the service was great. The waiter struck a good balance of ensuring that we had all the drinks and food we wanted but yet kept his distance so we could enjoy a quiet evening. Highly recommend!!

  • 5/5 Rebecca M. 7 months ago on Google
    We really enjoyed our meals - great curries and breads. We might return during our stay in Malawi for dosas!

  • 4/5 AJAY S. 1 year ago on Google
    Food taste is best in Lilongwe only improvement is food color, as it's so strong you will not get it away for 2-3 days from your fingers

  • 5/5 Anon y. 1 year ago on Google
    Incredible food at a decent price

  • 5/5 Z 1 year ago on Google
    Good food. Ordered delivery through their website. An extremely smooth process.

  • 5/5 Peter M. 1 year ago on Google
    This is one of the best indian restaurants in Malawi. They specialize in South Indian food and they do it very well. It ranks up there with the best I have visited. The prices are very affordable and the menu choice is large catering for all from vegetarian and Vegan to meat lovers. The only drawback is the ambiance its very simple just a room with some chairs and a table so not very inspiring. It's all about eat and go period. I will definitely recommend this restaurant for great South Indian food.

  • 5/5 Andrew F. 1 year ago on Google
    Amazing little Indian restaurant in Lilongwe. Probably the best Indian food I have had in my travels. The food is rich and flavorful. They have a lot of great options and can vary the heat levels. Definitely a place worth checking out in Lilongwe!

  • 3/5 Kay de S. 2 years ago on Google
    Someone recommended the food here, especially the Dosa. So I decided to give it a go. It is not to far located from town and has a fair amount of safe parking for cars. Prices were in similar range as other Indian restaurants in town. Staff and managers/owners were very friendly and welcoming. Food arrived quickly and was very tasty. I ordered the traditional Tamil lunch- vegetarian thali. My only complaint was most of the curries in the thali were cold and rice was warm, would have been much nicer if all the food was hot. I also ordered a Masala Chai....this was tasty but I prefer my sugar added when chai is being made not after but they did not ask ans cup was half full...think they should get special chai cups that are same size as portion. There was a lovely celebration of color in the garden with some guests. Nice music and fun to watch them celebrate. I will come back to try some of their other dishes

  • 5/5 S F. 1 year ago on Google
    The decor was a little outdated but the food was amazing. Everything we ordered was cooked and seasoned so well. The cheesy naan was delicious! And the curries were divine! The mocktails were really good too. Definitely a spot for great food Note prices are vat exclusive*

  • 5/5 Debasis D. 4 years ago on Google
    Excellent food... really authentic South Indian flavours.... must visit food joints for all Indian foodies, who’re visiting or staying Lilongwe-Malawi... feels like eating @ Lilongwe sitting @ Chennai... Great food...

  • 4/5 Vera M. 4 years ago on Google
    I ordered butter chicken and naan, it was great, flavourful also ordered mutton Biryani (mutton is goat meat here not sheep!) barely any meat, rice was bland to taste but sauce was good. The banana bhajia are an acquired taste though. Overall great...will go back try other stuff.

  • 5/5 Raphael K. 4 years ago on Google
    We really enjoyed our evening dinner at Chennai Spice. The food was great and the waiter was very friendly. We greatly appreciated that the cook really managed to give each meal the dose of spiciness we had ordered: mild for the kids and medium spicy the adults. We have been other restaurants where you place an order for mild or medium and when you get the meal there seems to be no difference between medium and spicy. Chennai spice was different. Our kids could eat their food without problem.

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  • Parking
    • ✓️ Free parking lot
    • ✓️ Plenty of parking
    • ✓️ Free street parking
  • Payments
    • ✓️ Credit cards
  • Offerings
    • ✓️ Coffee
    • ✓️ Alcohol
    • ✓️ Small plates
  • Accessibility
    • ✓️ Wheelchair accessible parking lot
  • Dining options
    • ✓️ Lunch
    • ✓️ Brunch
    • ✓️ Dinner
    • ✓️ Dessert
    • ✓️ Seating
    • ✓️ Catering
    • ✓️ Breakfast
  • Service options
    • ✓️ Dine-in
    • ✓️ Takeout
    • ✓️ Delivery
    • ✓️ Outdoor seating


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