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Mela Indian Restaurant

70 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801-2823 (Downtown Asheville)
+1 828-225-8880
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Ranked #44 of 629 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Indian
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Buffet, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Located on Lexington Avenue in the heart of downtown Asheville, Mela Indian Restaurant specializes in North and South Indian food made from scratch with local and organic ingredients. We are certified by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project for using ingredients produced by local farmers. Come sample our lunch buffet which has a range of delicious options including chicken and naan cooked in our authentic tandoor oven, raita prepared with house-made yogurt, and seasonal vegetarian specialties. The atmosphere at dinner is warm and intimate; specials include such favorites such as pistachio lamb and spinach and goat cheese naan which are baked in our genuine tandoor oven. Mela welcomes children and offers a kids menu. In addition to dine-in, we also offer catering services. We have many options available - please contact us for more details. At Mela, our goal is to provide our community with a taste of traditional Indian cuisine. We hope you'll come and join us soon!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I never travel to Asheville without dining at Mela. I cannot think of any other food as delicious as the food served here. The presentation of the food is excellent, as are the flavours. It is no wonder why every table was filled last night, a Monday night. They must be doing something right!

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Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

So, we're your favorite place ever, Richard? That's so awesome to hear! I love that you appreciate the presentation as well as the taste and that we're a must on every trip to Asheville. Thanks so much for being a loyal customer! Hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Anoop, Owner More

Loma Linda, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 via mobile

My family wanted me to experience this Indian buffet. Wow! I'm so glad they did. So many yummy options. Two kinds of bread, great salads (the slightly sweet kale salad was amazing), hearty main dishes with lots of veggies, a delicious soup and good dessert options - with condiments as well. The food is top notch in my opinion. Might... More

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Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm so glad your family brought you in, too! We love when a new guest comes in for the buffet and gets a chance to try a little bit of everything. Sounds like you had a great, well-rounded meal. I'm always thrilled when someone compliments my staff. In my opinion, you shouldn't bother serving great food without great service to... More

Swannanoa, North Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Several months ago I had the opportunity to visit Mela for lunch with a friend. This was my first Indian food experience and I went into it with some trepidation as I had heard that Indian food could be quite spicy. Having an open mind and curious as to what was it this exotic land of India had to offer... More

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Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Wow, Pete -- I'm so happy that we've become a regular spot for you and a close friend to catch up! Sounds like you've become and expert on Indian food. I'm so glad you decided to give us a try and ended up becoming a regular. I think the rice pudding is delicious, too. We'll continue to provide good service... More

Hilton Head, South Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

In a cute neighborhood and had good ambiance. I ordered a cocktail with coconut water and something else, it was orange in color, and it was seriously one of the best cocktails I've ever had. I ordered the butter chicken which was on special that day and it was amazing! I have tried to recreate at home and it is... More

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Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm blown away by how much you loved our food and cocktails! The best you've ever had? What a compliment. I'm really glad you liked our spot, too. The butter chicken is one of my absolute favorites -- I'm sure yours turned out great. Looks like you're not from Asheville. We hope you'll get a change to come back next... More

Florence, South Carolina, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Love Love Love Mela. Cannot say this enough! I have been in Asheville for a two days and eaten at Mela both days it is sooo good! I cook lots of Indian dishes at home and they are never as good! We plan special trips in the area around eating at Mela. The owner was very helpful in giving me... More

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Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

We love love love you, James! This review just made my day! It's really cool that an Indian food expert such as yourself appreciates our dishes so much. I love the opportunity to be able to share cooking tips with our customers. Can't wait to see on your next trip. Until then, try not to drool on your keyboard. Best... More

Morrisville, North Carolina
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Asheville is good stop if you are planning a trip to smokies / blue ridge from east. We decided to try "Mela" Indian Restaurant for dinner and we end up eating like crazy.. The food is simply fantastic especially lentil soup, naan etc. The service was ok. Somehow got a feeling that all american staff was kind of showing little... More

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Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Rushike, it's concerning to hear that you feel like you received anything but friendly and attentive service. It's important that each and every one of our customers feels valued. I'm sincerely sorry if that wasn't portrayed during your visit. Please know that I'll be following up with the rest of the team. I'm happy you enjoyed all of the food... More

Princeton, New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Good food, but not the best of the Indian food we've had. In our area (central NJ) there are many very good Indian restaurants and, while the papadum was the best I've had, our other dishes seemed to try to substitute spiciness for depth of flavor.

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Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Patricia, thank you for your compliments! I'm determined to offer you the best Indian food you've had next time. We're certainly not trying to skimp on flavor. Hope to see you soon! Sincerely, Anoop, Owner More

Atlanta, Georgia
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

There was very limited dishes to choose from the day I visited. The naan bread was good, chicken butter was fine, saag n cauliflower was average. On next trip will try other Indian joints.

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Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

I wish we had offered you a more impressive experience during this past visit. Would you be up for trying a main dish off our menu next time? Either way, I appreciate you taking the time to share this. Thank you, Anoop, Owner More

Angouleme, France
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Firstly I love the review by the guy who brags he's from NYC and infers this restaurant doesn't cut it. Well Matey I'm for the UK, we used run to India (and NYC after the Dutch) and in fact the word Curry is a British word- just like a lot of the recipes we enjoy in Europe and the states... More

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Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi there! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on everything. Most of our recipes are my mom's and my family's. My mom was a chef back in the old country, and many of her dishes are what you'll find here at our place. While they do have a distinct taste, they are atypical of the sort of Indian dishes you... More

pooler
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

When we entered restaurant was apprehensive about quality as I saw non Indian staff but my god, all staff was well trained, helpful, courteous and fast in service. Decoration is also impressive. Food was one of the best.

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Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this review

Happy to hear you were so impressed with our food and service. Hope to see you again in the future! Best, Anoop, Owner More

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