I have to admit that Mela is my favourite Indian restaurant in London and I have been coming back here for years - and perhaps because of this the staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful - so I can barely recognise it from some of the other reviews on this page! I suppose that if you are used to having a chicken tikka marsala that is running with Ghee that has a certain taste this slightly more healthy option might disappoint, but if you are looking for an Indian meal with all the flavour and half the fat this is the place to come.
All the cooking is done behind a glass screen so you can watch the men at work, and the food is delicious - like a fine wine some of the flavours of the freshly ground spices only hit your palate a few minutes after you have savoured your first impression - but none the worse for that.
With regards to staff service we have just had so much care and attention I cant thank them enough - once when we arrived with friends with their sleepy ten year old (who really wanted to just get to bed) the manager made up a comfy bed for her across two chairs so she could lie down but still be with us whilst we ate.
The 12.5% service charge is optional - but we paid extra - still cheaper than a sitter!
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