Mela

152-156 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London

Mela offers highly accomplished cooking

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7/10 from 4 user reviews
Address:152-156 Shaftesbury Avenue
Covent Garden
London
WC2H 8JB
Map:Map & nearby
Cuisine:Indian
Region:Covent Garden
Nearest Station:Covent Garden
Telephone:
Opening Hours:

Mon:12:00 - 23:30
Tue:12:00 - 23:30
Wed:12:00 - 23:30
Thu:12:00 - 23:30
Fri:12:00 - 23:30
Sat:13:00 - 23:30
Sun:12:00 - 22:30
About: Mela is an award-winning restaurant run by India's celebrity chef Kuldeep Singh. They serve a variety of grilled Indian dishes. Perfect for pre-theatre dining. Catering for private parties is also available upon request.

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This West End eatery has remained popular for over a decade, thanks to tasty Indian food and modest prices. They welcome guide dogs, there are disabled toilets, and both assisted and non-assisted wheelchair access is possible.

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Mela keep the fat and oil content in their dishes to a minimum. Rather than focus on a specific region, the menu features dishes from all over India, with more unusual treats like lobster pepper fry curry and potatoes stuffed with cashew nuts and cooked in the tandoor oven.



"Mela offers highly accomplished cooking"

Review Rating: 8 / 10
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The menu at Mela has a lot to offer outside the realm of curries and tikka. Take the perfectly cooked pieces of cod coated in crispy batter, served with pickled cauliflower and sliced carrot, salad and a pot of yoghurty mint chutney. Then there is a dish of moist little dumplings made with chickpea flour, lightly spiced, topped with yoghurt and a sweet chutney.

The tiger prawns are succulent and pillow-soft, marinated in saffron, caraway seeds and coriander, in a delicious, moderately spicy sauce made with tomatoes, onions and peppers that are still a little crunchy. An unusual dish of lambís liver with hand-ground mince is outstanding, the offaly taste of liver marrying fresh coriander, ginger and garlic Ė this is highly accomplished cooking.

Other things we really like are a black lentil daal, a supremely fluffy peshwari naan, and the cubes of paneer in a mild, creamy sauce.

Prices are friendly, with starters averaging £5-£7 and main courses costing between £10-£14, and so are the staff (we are frozen stiff when we arrive due to a particularly Arctic-like wind, a pot of hot water soon appears for us to warm our hands up). Main thoroughfares like Shaftesbury Avenue often donít lend themselves to quality restaurants, but this 200-cover eatery, now over a decade old, is the exception that proves the rule.


Leila reviewed Mela on Mon 10 Dec 2012


The Latest User Reviews of Mela


User Rating: 7 / 10
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Adam kohory
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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.

User Rating: 4 / 10
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lisdarai, sw london
Added: Aug 2011
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.

Name: lisdarai
Location: sw london

User Rating: 9 / 10
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Deepak Jain
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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.

User Rating: 9 / 10
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tapaculo
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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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