Though India and Indiana are roughly the same word, their cuisine offerings are worlds apart. Find out the difference two letters make with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of authentic Indian eats at Mela Indian Bar & Grill on Northwest Loop 410.
Mela treats diners to both traditional and modern incarnations of Indian cuisine, artfully presented in a contemporary setting. Start with a vegetable pakora, potatoes and vegetables deep-fried in chickpea flour batter ($3.95), or a chili paneer, a plate of sliced onions, peppers, and non-melting cheese splashing around like Muppets in a bath of spicy chili sauce ($5.95). Move onto a chicken, lamb, seafood, or vegetarian entree, such as the house specialty goat karahi, a traditional dish of diced goat meat roasted with herbs, spices, and tomatoes ($14.95), or the vegetarian navratan korma, with fresh delegates from nine vegetable nations simmered in a spicy coconut-cream sauce with nuts ($10.95).
Settle into a booth or table surrounded by Mela’s sleek lime and plum walls and let jewelry battle for attention with the shimmering chandeliers. Mela’s private dining room can accommodate up to 60 people, making it a great location for birthdays, anniversaries, business meetings, or spontaneous dance numbers.
- Best Indian buffet in San Antonio. The staff is very friendly & attentive. The price may be a bit higher than other places but it definitely worth the quality. Great place for brunch on a Sunday. – IQMD, Urbanspoon
- I'm not much for buffets, but if I had to choose a type of food to have waiting for me when I got to a restaurant, I'd probably choose the dishes that Mela offers. – Danny C., Yelp, 09/03/2010
Mela Indian Bar & Grill
“Mela” means “gathering” or “fiesta” in Sanskrit, a fitting name since those are the kind of events that the restaurant facilitates with its traditional and very sharable feasts. The housemade breads, which range from flat naan to balloon-like poori, whet appetites for seasoned-to-order entrees, ranging from mild to spicy depending on the diner’s palate and how convincing they want to be when fake-crying. The eatery’s tandoor, a traditional clay oven, roasts dishes such as chicken tikka masala and tandoori shrimp; alternatively, curry dishes such as the spicy lamb vindaloo complement kebabs and succulent chunks of meat or veggies sitting atop beds of basmati rice infused with cashews, raisins, and saffron. A full bar rounds out the menu with domestic and imported beer, wine, and liquor that can wash down à la carte meals, buffet-style lunches served seven days a week, or buffet-style dinners that delight palates Sunday–Wednesday.