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“Good Indian food”

Mela Indian Restaurant
Ranked #64 of 781 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $30
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Romantic, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Buffet, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
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!
Port Orange, Florida
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“Good Indian food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

Food is good. Atmosphere is okay. Service is OK, but a bit slow. Be careful what you order because food is hotter than they say. I ordered a moderate dish that was quite hot.

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Atlanta
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“Delightful lunch experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

The lunch buffet was amazing and inexpensive. The variety was from vegan to chicken with many wonderful dishes offered. All the staff was very helpful and nice. I highly recommend this delightful restaurant.

Visited October 2012
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st simons island, ga
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159 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Authentic and high quality ingredients”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012 via mobile

First: My husband likes this and would have gone a second night...and he doesn't like Indian food. Also he asked for a mix of chicken and lamb tandoori rather than just one or the other and they did it.

The vegetable samosas were light and flaky not heavy over fried dough. We both thought the chowpatti was one of the best things ever. Waitress was very helpful and guides our selections so we weren't duplicating flavors. She also recommended a Thai restaurant - see review- which was spot on.

Lamb was excellent. Not fat and not tough. Service was prompt.

4 drinks, 1 wine, 2 appetizers, 2 entrees ans bread ans extra chutneys after tip was $125- &150.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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18 reviews
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“Don't miss the lunch buffet”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012

Let's be clear...I'm not much of a buffet person, but the luncheon buffet at this Indian restaurant is tasty, fresh, and filled with variety. I have enjoyed Mela both for dinner and lunch. The service is crisp and friendly, and the atmosphere, while not luxurious, is clean and inviting.

  • Visited April 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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56 reviews
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“Mela, Still Going Strong”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

We dined at Mela two years ago, and returning to Asheville recently, we thought we would stop in to see if the restaurant was still cranking out quality Indian food. Our party of six arrived on a Saturday night, on time for our 7:30 reservation. Mela was crowded, with a good vibe and several parties waiting in line. We hung out at the bar, working our way through a bottle of wine, and were eventually seated at 8:15. Apparently Mela is still a popular place!

We started our meal with Raita and fresh naan made with rosemary and goat cheese. The combination of flavors and the freshness of the bread were a great start. We followed that up with samosas for the table - good enough that we ordered a second round. For entrees we all opted for chicken tikka masala, lamb tikka masala or the chicken korma. All of us came away very happy with our dinner.

It's great to know that Mela hasn't lost a thing in the past two years. We look forward to our next trip to Asheville, certain that it will include yet another stop at this great spot.

  • Visited October 2012
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