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“If you like INdian”

Mela Indian Restaurant
Ranked #72 of 799 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $30
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Buffet, Reservations
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.
Reviewed January 23, 2013

You'll love this place. The food is fresh and tasty.. everything from mild to spicy and in between. Service is friendly and the food is a good value.

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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Have been many times, food has always been consistently excellent. I prefer the dinner menu rather than the lunch bar simply because the dinner menu gives me so many more opportunities to explore the amazing tastes. The atmosphere is fun and romantic or fun and easy or fun and fun. My only hesitation about giving this review is that more people will eat there and so it will be harder for me to get a table! :~)

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Thank Scott-Asheville
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

If you like Indian food, you will not be disappointed. It can be a little spicy but always very flavorful. We go every time we visit Asheville.

Thank Mamahonda
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

We had dinner here this evening. The venue was in a wide open space but with close seating. It felt ss if you with the table next to you. The staff was attentive and gave us a number of good recommendations. While the food was generally good, the dal fell short. it was blended and you lost the individual texture of the lentils. The nan was on the small size but was delicious. My lamb was tasty, flavorful and had the right level of spiceiness. The food was good and we will come back but we have tasted better .... Just not in Asheville.

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Reviewed January 20, 2013

We live in the Asheville Restaurant and friends from big cities are amazed when we take them to Mela. The food is flavorful, made with fresh ingredients, ghee, and balanced spices. The buffet changes daily and always has 3-4 chutneys and pickles, a wonderful soup, different raitas, 2-3 vegetables, 2 chicken dishes, pakoras changing with the season, naan, papadams, and more. The deserts range from fresh carrot halwa, gulab jameen, to kheer, and other delicacies. Don't leave Asheville without eating here.

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