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“Good Food but slow service”

Mela Indian Cuisine
Ranked #65 of 160 Restaurants in Christchurch
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed April 23, 2014

It took us 20 minutes before we had our order taken, despite the fact that we were near the bar and there were waiters standing around doing nothing! When it came the food was lovely but it just took too long!!

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Thank deborah050
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

We had a lovely meal at Mela on Friday night. I'm always dubious of trying new restaurants as I have a sensitive stomach, but the meal was amazing. The food has been well prepared and is so tasty with care taken to produce a well balanced spiced dishes.
We all had different dishes and they were equally tasty. The service was excellent without being too intrusive!

The prices were also very good value.

We will definitely return again when we are visiting the area

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Thank debdoyle123
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Reviewed April 6, 2014

I hadn't been to this restaurant for years but seeing the good reviews and having had it recommended by a friend we went last night, a Saturday. The restaurant was pretty busy, not full but maybe 30 patrons. Service was a bit slow, we had to attract a waiter's attention after 20 minutes to order drinks and poppadoms. When the poppadoms arrived they were very slightly limp, they still broke but had a similar texture to stale crisps, not great. However the starters and main courses were really excellent, some of the best Indian food I have ever eaten and my four companions were impressed with their food as well. But service was, again, a bit slow.
So, sort out the poppadoms, the service and get rid of the silly colour changing LED lights (why would you want to illuminate your food with a blue/green light?) and you might get five starts next time.

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1  Thank Dyrck
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

We have used this restaurant many times and very disappointed with our last meal, maybe they have changed owners or staff? What we ordered was not what was received,when we phoned to complain they initially apologised and were going to send out the correct order. A few minutes later phoned back to say the order was correct and that they would not be sending out the correct dish. Extremely poor customer service and will never use again.

1  Thank Elaine J
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

The staff at Mela are very friendly, helpful and efficient. The food is our new favourite for Indian cuisine in the local area. It is fresh, full of flavour and a notch above most. The restaurant is tasteful, great value for money and is definitely worth a visit. Keep up the good work!

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Thank pambcov
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