Mela Indian Restaurant
70 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Mela Indian Food
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Asian, Caterers, Indian, Middle Eastern
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Specialties: Openings, Special Events
Price Range : Average
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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!
09/25/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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.
11/25/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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.