The Team

The team at Chaiwala is peerless, having held positions in kitchens, bars and hospitality all over the world for many years. The team comes together at Chaiwala to bring guests the ultimate dining experience. Expect great food, great drinks and exceptional service.

Prabir Banerjee

Executive Chef

Heading up the Chaiwala kitchen team, Prabir ensures that guests are served an amazing culinary experience. He oversees the restaurant’s food direction and inspires his team with his expertise and past experiences. A creative chef with innovative ideas, Prabir infuses Chaiwala’s menu with flavours from all over India.

Balaji Balachander

Culinary Director

Chef Balaji Balachander, known to his friends and colleagues as Bala. A long-time friend of Pirata Group co-founder Manuel Palacio. He is offering a helping hand to Pirata Group by supervising the quality of food from across India

Chef Bala is known internationally for his experience at Michelin-starred Benares, London. He has since returned home to Chennai where he opened his own restaurant SALT in 2015, much to the delight of his friends and family. Now with three locations in Chennai and Bangalore, SALT’s “Indian soul food” has become a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike.

Bala’s culinary journey started at a young age in his mother’s kitchen, and after catering college in Chennai he was appointed to his first position at the Taj Coromandel, where he was promoted to running the kitchen at their award-winning restaurant Southern Spice

Chaiwala's culinary director, Balaji Balachander
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