Boston >Food & Dining > Mela Indian Restaurant
578 Tremont St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211842.343343 -71.072546
Neighborhoods: South End, Shawmut
Wonderful Brunch – I'm of South Asian descent and have grown up on Indian food at home. Being in Boston for school I definitely miss home cooked meals and Mela's $13 brunch is terrific. Their masaladosa's are great and little station to make your own pani puri is creative and addictive. I highly recommend it! I can't speak of their other meals--but, brunch is fantastic!
The worst Indian restaurant in Boston – Was desperately in need of Indian restaurant in good location to give treat to my international friends . I reached there. but I was dissatisfied with the restaurant. Small one with unbearable number of people.No caring of customer. Have to wait longer for food. Moreover the food were not taste as that of other restaurants. I recommend you to try other restaurant if you can.
THE Indian in South End. – Mela has become my "go to" indian buffet over the last couple of months. Besides the regular menu that changes daily, the brunch buffet includes soup , salad, pakoras and somasas, about 6 meat and veg entrees including chicken tikka masala and tandoori chicken, baked to order regular and garlic naan and desserts that are multiple (fruit salad, kheer and gulab jamoon), which are a rarity in the indian buffet circuit. The setting is modern, clean and in the heart of south end, which is great for a walk afterwards. Service can be a bit spotty, typically when they are slammed, which is often!! A must for Indian food lovers.
Outstanding Service, Best Indian in Boston We've Had Yet – I am shocked by any negative reviews of Mela after our outstanding experience : My husband and I had one of the best meals we've EVER had in Boston at this restaurant. He is especially hard to please with both a serious gluten and dairy allergy set, and Mela catered to his every request. Food was SPECTACULAR and the service was tops -- we had a waiter / waitress at our table within seconds of a request. Food did not arrive super fast, but clearly this was because Mela is not the kind of place that has lots of dishes just gurgling in the back room for days... everything tasted so fresh (we had the mushroom lamb and the coconut beef). It never felt slow, but this probably isn't where you should go if you are in a rush to get through dinner. You won't regret it.
Horrible Service!!! below Average Food...Good Atmosphere... – STAY AWAY FROM THIS ONE, we were very dissapointed with this restaurant after reading all those good reviews. We eat out twice a week and have not felt so unwelcome any place else. Though there was little space the restaurant was well layed out and clean.The food was average(i liked the gulob jamoon a lot).
THE SERVICE WAS HORRIBLE, The waitress was so RUDE.
She was rude in taking our orders, and before we could finish eating she took away our plates & fork implying we should leave now (infact we took less than 30 mins to complete our meal). The rest of the staff were really pleasing...Its just that this lady is spoiling the whole thing.
Best Indian Food/Great Service – Mela is one of the best Indian restaurants I've found since moving from Manhattan. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The food is fantastic (I recommend starting with the meat samosas, then the butter chicken and lamb korma) and the wait-staff are extremely attentive.
The Brunch - Best Bet – I was so excited when I saw that an Indian restaurant was opening in the South End. I must have been the very first customer to walk through the door. Since the opening, I have been back numerous times. All in all, I really like Mela's. The ambiance is wonderful. One of the cooler restaurants in Boston in this regard. The food is good to very good depending on what you order. I've never had a bad meal there. The Okra is definitely a proven winner. But you feel a little cheated by the pricing. You don't really get great value for your dollar here...except for the Brunch. The weekend brunch is definitely a bargain. It is well worth it.
The service is excellent...but they hover too much. Refilling your water glass after each sip is a little extreme. However, they will comply if you ask for privacy.
Best Bet: The Weekend Brunch.
Mela outdoes itself – Mela has been open a couple of years now, and until now we thought of it as convenient, friendly, well priced, and good food. On our last two visits they have gotten to another level - the service is more seamless but just as friendly; but the key thing is, the food is not only good but really interesting. The menus in so many Indian restaurants include the same things, cooked the same way, that you could fall into the trap of thinking you know all about it. Then you eat at a place like Mela, and - Wow! you notice yourself really tasting the food again, because it's subtle and layered as opposed to just tasty.
This was true right from the start - Mela's amuse bouche (a small, hot, free pakora served on a curry leaf), that evening was fascinating, both in taste and texture -- crispy lentil dough, the fresh curry leaf, and mysterious soft interesting things inside. It really is a fun way to start a meal.
Our shrimp jalfrezi (in cocoanut curry sauce), lamb korma (rich curry), and baingan bartha (a creamy eggplant dish they graciously agreed to bring as a half-portion, since I wanted a vegetable.) were each delicious, though together almost too rich. Next time I'd get something a little lighter as well.
But these dishes show what I mean by Mela's getting to a higher level. the shrimp was NOT overcooked like in most curries - it was succulent. The lamb was NOT stringy or tough or full of fat -- it was tender and obviously carefully selected. Mela's spicing levels have matured with the restaurant too, so now when you say medium you seem to reliably get it.
Finally the service was very prompt, and seemed sincerely friendly - I would say, they're sweet.
So I am writing this review because I think it's worth another visit, especially for those who had decided they know what Mela has to offer.
Great Indian Food, Relaxing Ambiance, Lunch is a great value – I was pleased to see an Indian restaurant open up in restaurant row in the South End & made it a point to stop by for lunch buffet this afternoon. I was struck by the decor, which was a mix of contemporary and traditional Indian motifs - it was tastefully decorated & very relaxing. The service was attentive at filling my glass and taking my order. At $9.99 the buffet was a great value, and I was happy to see that quality was not sacrificed in the least bit - the masalas were authentic and the ingredents were fresh tasting. The curry gravies were thick and not watered down, as many buffets tend to be. The typical Indian restaurant fare (palak paneer, chicken tikka, etc) were available along with some non-typical dishes such as Goan vegetable curry & a Beef curry dish, both of which were delicious. I highly recommend this place & can't wait to try their ala carte menu as well as their $12.95 weekend champagne brunch - what a great value on restaurant row!
With its upscale decor and menu, this South End restaurant takes Indian cuisine to new heights. – The Scene
Mela's gauzy red curtains, copper wall-coverings and low lighting defy traditional Indian restaurant decor, creating a warm and cozy atmosphere. Tight quarters can make the room feel a bit cramped when packed. Young professionals dine in pairs or small groups, while others wait at the small bar for take-out, a welcome option for a neighborhood that has been long starved for quality Indian fare. Helpful, attentive waiters are eager to suggest favorite dishes and appropriate wines.
While best described as modern Indian, Mela's menu also incorporates plenty of familiar favorites, such as spicy tikka masala and crunchy samosas. Adventurous offerings include pork vindaloo and batyer mussallam (pistachio-stuffed quail in spiced yogurt gravy). Those looking for a fun, interactive dining experience opt for hot stone entrees--a choice of meats and fish that diners cook themselves atop a sizzling granite slab.
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