An expert guide to the best dining experiences in Male'

An expert guide to the best dining experiences in Male'

In an interview with Mohamed Aslam, Assistant F&B Manager at Champa Central Hotel, learn more about our Food & Beverage team, which is responsible for the exciting theme nights and ensuring a truly memorable dining experience.

Aslam’s home is in Nolhivaranfaru, Haa Dhaalu Atoll in the north of Malé, Maldives. In 2013, he graduated with a Diploma in Hospitality Management from the Maldives National University (FHTS). Aslam began his career in 2002, as Water Sports Trainee at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa and became a Restaurant Waiter in 2006. He was then promoted to Restaurant Supervisor in 2008 and F&B Operation Manager in 2013. He started as at Assistant F&B Manager at Champa Central Hotel in 2016.

Do you have a favorite spot in the Hotel? If yes, where?

My favorite place is the Roof Top Restaurant.


Describe your normal day at F&B Department?

During my typical workday, I am responsible for overseeing and fulfilling management tasks and also monitoring my teams as they progress on various. I check in and help them with any issues they may be having, such as doing banquet, conference, coffee shop and Roof Top Restaurant daily operations. I keep in touch with clients, update them on our product and facilities what we can offer them and make sure they are satisfied with our services.


Name 3 menu items that you enjoy the most?

1.     Virgin mojito

2.     Butter chicken

3.     Naan.


How do you select your theme nights?

We have been having theme night buffets since January 2017.

  • Arabian night: Other places do not have any Arabic buffet themes in Malé and because of that, we created the theme nights and a lot of Maldivians like that food as well
  • BBQ night: Most especially for teenagers, they like to have BBQs. 
  • Indian night: Before, Champa Central was very famous for Indian food and lots of Maldivians like it as well. 
  • Sri Lankan night: A lot of Sri Lankans are living in Malé and Maldivians also love Sri Lankan food.


What are some of the most popular guest requests?

Anniversary celebrations for the couples.   


Share one of the ways you and your team make guests feel truly special?

A guest request for anniversary or special dinner for the couples – we reserve their tables and place special decoration for them.


Dine under a colorful sky at Roof Top Restaurant on your next stay at Champa Central Hotel.