Our Review: 8
from 5 reviews
|ADDRESS:||152-156 Shaftesbury Avenue|
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|NEAREST STATION:||Covent Garden|
|TELEPHONE:|| 020 7836 8635|
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We ate here two times during our stay in the Easter, and it was excellent. Good service,
fresh food, good vine, friendly staff. It is some of the best Indian meals i have ever had.
Booked a table for 4 at Mela for a friend's birthday. We were shown to a small table in the middle of the restaurant Ė we asked to move to a more private table in the back but we were told "no, you can't" even though it was not busy. After a frustrated wait had to ask someone for a drinks menu. We were not offered popadoms, in fact we didn't know they did any until we saw another table with some! We ordered: starter: chicken tikka (good, & hot), whitebait (bad, avoid, flavours did not work at all); main: jalrezi (perhaps above you average curry house standard, but nothing special), lamb rogan (very good, thick, flavoursome), kozi vertha (very good flavours but avoid if you don't like scrawny chicken legs in your curry); sides: stay away from spinach and corn masala! It doesn't work and it was weird. Daal was OK. Bombay potato very good. Naan was burned but nice. Lights were off in the toilets. Service was OK, but overall we were let down. Mela is overrated by far. And overpriced.
Location: sw london
Ive eaten in some good top notch resturants, Mela has ome dishes which really tickle my taste buds, and they have good service, ambience is varied which is great(two floors). Very good resturant , one of my favourites. Recommended.
Mela is an extraordinary Indian restaurant, serving dishes based on the cuisine of the Punjab. The menu itself is a delight after the repetitious menus of even the authentic Indian restaurants in London and elsewhere. The preparation of the dishes I ordered was exquisite, especially a rich yougut-based sauce, tempered with a range of whole spices... and they were delicious enough to make my eyes roll. The food is just a class above every other Indian restaurant I can think of, and not even expensive by London standards.
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