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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.

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Downtown Asheville

Mela Indian Food

Indian Restaurants, Caterers, Asian Restaurants, Middle Eastern Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Restaurants
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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Asian, Caterers, Indian, Take Out, Middle Eastern

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Specialties: Openings, Special Events

Price Range : Average


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overpriced food

The food was way overpriced and was not that good. I don't know what to say about the bellydancers. They aren't Lebanese or anything. They are skinny white girls that look very unhealthy.



The Mela Indian Resturant

I was working in downtown Asheville one day and decided to try something new (Indian food) it was the worst mistake ive made. The food was so disgusting, i could pronounce what I was eating. more or less the food tasted like spoiled cat food and looked like the the feciese of a llama. Dont make the same mistake i did!



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Very Good Indian Food

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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funky Indian restaurant

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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