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“Best Indian”

Mela Indian Restaurant
Ranked #68 of 823 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $30
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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 December 29, 2013

Mela has excellent food at a pretty good value. We have eaten here multiple times and it is consistently good. Only downside is they don't add many new dishes into the rotation.

Thank foil_foil
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Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 27, 2014

Thanks for your feedback about adding new dishes into the rotation — I'll keep that in mind for the future! I'm glad you've joined us for a meal on multiple occasions and feel it's always consistently delicious. I hope to see you back in again for some tasty Indian food soon!

Take care,
Anoop, Owner

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Reviewed December 28, 2013

The buffet was above average but not fantastic.. Saag was low on flavor.. The Indian restaurant did not have any Indian patrons or employees when I was there..

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Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

We stumbled upon Mela during their lunch buffet and it was great. It was only $12 per person with a draft beer or home made chai. The food was delicious, the ambiance welcoming and the service friendly. Definitively check them out.

Thank Saimonara
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Anoop K, Owner at Mela Indian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2014

We're so glad you stumbled upon us during your visit, too! It's great to hear you enjoyed the buffet and thought the food was delicious and the service friendly. Thanks again for the recommendation, and I hope you'll stop by and see us the next time you're in Asheville!

All the best,
Anoop, Owner

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Reviewed December 25, 2013 via mobile

Every time we go to Asheville. Mela is a must!! Great service. Beautiful atmosphere. Children's menu also available. Downtown Asheville.

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Reviewed December 23, 2013

In my opinion, this was your typical Indian restaurant. The food was good though. We ordered pakoras, paneer, and the kofta. The ambience seemed appealing though I was there for all of two minutes (take out). I'd order from here again.

Thank Serenafan
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