Mela Indian Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 70 N Lexington Ave

    Asheville, NC 28801

    Map & Directions
  • 828-225-8880

About Mela Indian Restaurant

Hours
Mon. - Sun. 11:30am - 2:30pm

Food

Food
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I had the opportunity to have diner with my wife at Mela Restaurant on September 22, 2009. I am not a seasoned, coinsure of Indian food, but I have been to a dozen or so Indian restaurants during the past few years and have enjoyed most of what I have eaten thus far.
Mela's location is in the bustling down town section of Asheville and I was fortunate to find on street parking. The atmosphere was warm and inviting and the room was nearly filled to capacity when we arrived around 8 PM on that Tuesday evening. We shared an appetizer of tender and tasty naan bread along with a delicious pair of potato patties topped with curried chick peas and a sauce of mint chutney flavored with tamarind, cilantro and yogurt. Both the naan and the chowpattie ragada were excellent starters. For entries my wife had chicken korma and I had malai kofta. Her dish consisted of boneless chicken cooked in and almond cashew sauce topped with more nuts and raisons. My dinner was made of round objects with the look and consistency of meat but were made of ground cashews, almonds and paneer cheese served in a wonderful rich almond and spice sauce. All the food was excellent in taste and pleasing to the eye. The wait staff was friendly and we were pleased with the moderate prices This was one of the best Indian food experiences we have had to date and I'm looking forward to my next visit to Asheville and Mela restaurant.

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★★★★☆

I had the opportunity to have diner with my wife at Mela Restaurant on September 22, 2009. I am not a seasoned, coinsure of Indian food, but I have been to a dozen or so Indian restaurants during the past few years and have enjoyed most of what I have eaten thus far.
Mela's location is in the bustling down town section of Asheville and I was fortunate to find on street parking. The atmosphere was warm and inviting and the room was nearly filled to capacity when we arrived around 8 PM on that Tuesday evening. We shared an appetizer of tender and tasty naan bread along with a delicious pair of potato patties topped with curried chick peas and a sauce of mint chutney flavored with tamarind, cilantro and yogurt. Both the naan and the chowpattie ragada were excellent starters. For entries my wife had chicken korma and I had malai kofta. Her dish consisted of boneless chicken cooked in and almond cashew sauce topped with more nuts and raisons. My dinner was made of round objects with the look and consistency of meat but were made of ground cashews, almonds and paneer cheese served in a wonderful rich almond and spice sauce. All the food was excellent in taste and pleasing to the eye. The wait staff was friendly and we were pleased with the moderate prices This was one of the best Indian food experiences we have had to date and I'm looking forward to my next visit to Asheville and Mela restaurant.

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Very good and authentic Indian Food. We have been there for dinner a couple of times.This is from an Indian who has been there. The best Indian food I have had in the US. Both the north and south Indian dishes are great. It is slightly pricey but I would definitely go there again. The ambiance is great too.

5
★★★★★

Very good and authentic Indian Food. We have been there for dinner a couple of times.This is from an Indian who has been there. The best Indian food I have had in the US. Both the north and south Indian dishes are great. It is slightly pricey but I would definitely go there again. The ambiance is great too.

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The restaurant in downtown Asheville is really bustling at lunch time. I've had the lunch buffet on three occasions - always different, always excellent. The service is not the best, but the food is great.

4
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The restaurant in downtown Asheville is really bustling at lunch time. I've had the lunch buffet on three occasions - always different, always excellent. The service is not the best, but the food is great.

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I love Indian food...and grew up eating it in Europe. So I was excited when Mela opened. However, I have now eaten there three times and what I find is that almost every dish has so much chilli pepper in it that it obscures the other, wonderful spices of Indian cuisine and basically hurts...both on the way in, and on the way out! I actually like pretty spicy food, but not when it hinders enojoyment of the meal. Other than that, the ambience is lovely, the menu interesting and the lunch buffet is a great deal.

3
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I love Indian food...and grew up eating it in Europe. So I was excited when Mela opened. However, I have now eaten there three times and what I find is that almost every dish has so much chilli pepper in it that it obscures the other, wonderful spices of Indian cuisine and basically hurts...both on the way in, and on the way out! I actually like pretty spicy food, but not when it hinders enojoyment of the meal. Other than that, the ambience is lovely, the menu interesting and the lunch buffet is a great deal.

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Mela's lunch buffet is too tasty to pass up. A frequent visitor, this place gets packed at lunch because the food is abundant and very good. It comes with salad if you want light, or chicken with creamy sauce, if you want heavy. The dining room is large and light-filled and full of hip folks enjoying great food.

4
★★★★☆

Mela's lunch buffet is too tasty to pass up. A frequent visitor, this place gets packed at lunch because the food is abundant and very good. It comes with salad if you want light, or chicken with creamy sauce, if you want heavy. The dining room is large and light-filled and full of hip folks enjoying great food.

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The atmosphere at this Indian restaurant is very much like a lounge or night club. It is very nicely decorated, the music is nice and funky, and the bartender mixes cocktails based on traditional Indian drinks (such as a kicked-up mango lassi). The food is very tasty, can't wait to go back. Many Indian restaurants have great food, but what sets this one apart is the funky, lounge-y party atmosphere.

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★★★★★

The atmosphere at this Indian restaurant is very much like a lounge or night club. It is very nicely decorated, the music is nice and funky, and the bartender mixes cocktails based on traditional Indian drinks (such as a kicked-up mango lassi). The food is very tasty, can't wait to go back. Many Indian restaurants have great food, but what sets this one apart is the funky, lounge-y party atmosphere.

Pros: ambience, food

Cons: might be a bit pricey for some, v. busy - reservations recommended

 

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