Indian restaurant offers new innovation to keep diners safe during Covid-19

A local Indian restaurant faced with having to make lots of changes in the face of Covid19 have come up with an innovative idea to heat their customers during the winter months.

Malika, the largest Indian restaurant in the South East, located at Brighton Marina, has installed a revolutionary new heating system to safeguard diners during the pandemic.


Due to government guidelines recommending that restaurants limit their use of air conditioning and hot air fans due to the risk of spreading the air-born virus, Malika’s owner, Lisa Kelly, has invested heavily in an infra red heating system which uses technology based on heat transfer through infrared.

Lisa explained, “We really want customers to feel safe when dining with us. Due to the current events throughout the world, we decided to have new heating installed this month. So after a lot of research, we choose Infrared heating which is natural. The feeling of warmth from infrared is particularly comfortable and most importantly, it does not spread hot air throughout our restaurant or emit UV rays.”

Lisa continued, “We also have a capacity for 160 people which enables us to really utilise the space for social distancing.”

Kirsty Pollard, Brighton Marina Centre Manager said, “The new owner purchased the restaurant in 2019 and it has undergone a total refurbishment throughout, to a very high standard. Our new Indian restaurant has brought in chefs who are originally from Delhi, and have had many years experience in five-star hotels and resorts. Malika focuses heavily on vegan and vegetarian food and even the Nan bread is cooked fresh in front of customers. It provides a really strong new offering to our marina community.”

Kirsty continued, “In unison with Brighton Marina, Malika is also a wheelchair friendly venue having a lot of space for people to manoeuvre safely within the restaurant whilst also providing a purpose-built washroom. The marina’s free car park has blue badge parking facilities on the ground floors and boardwalk level, with ramps and lift available from the street level up to the boardwalk to enable diners to reach Malika safely and easily.”

As of the 5th October, Malika is offering a 20% discount from the total bill including alcohol when dining between the hours of 3 pm – 6 pm only. Monday – Friday.

They are also offering a new takeaway service between Hove to Rottingdean with free delivery to support customers during these unusual times.