“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.
As an arm of the popular Mustafa Asian & Middle Eastern Grocery, Mustafa Restaurant plies patrons with deliciously authentic dishes of South Asian cuisine from all regions of the subcontinent. Siblings Syed Riyaz Siddiqui and Mohammed Fayaz charm visitors with an expansive bill of fare filled with nutty roasted basmati rice, tender hyderabadi chicken curry, and sweet, creamy Indian yogurt desserts. The menu takes visitors on a culinary journey of India and Pakistan, from the stir-fried noodle dishes that originate from Kolkata's Chinatown to the paper-thin dosas and gram flour donuts that grow from the trees of South India.
As guests savor the spices and fragrances of goan fish curry or fluffy, buttery naan, an elegant atmosphere envelops them. Beaded crimson cloth and sheer white curtains frame a room full of velvety pillows, embroidered wall decorations, and a buffet full of curries, basmati rice, and desserts.
Simi's centerpiece is a large hanging stained-glass art piece––a woman in full Sari playing a sitar amid a field of blossoming flowers. Zooming out, the restaurant complements the art with verdant flowing vines and a rustic gray stone partition. Amid these striking accents, tables line with dinner entrees of lamb curry, zesty seafood masala, and boneless chicken fired in a traditional clay-oven tandoor. Diners may also grab a bite during Simi's popular lunch buffet, which has been dazzling San Antonio for more than 20 years.
Pavani Express waters fledgling belly gardens with a veggie-centric menu of delectable Indian cuisine. Fill metaphorical breadbaskets with the literal flatbread of chapati korma (two pieces, $4.99) or grow walrus tusks of flame with hot and spicy noodles ($6.99). Garlic fried rice ($5.99) wards off any vegan vampires prowling the restaurant while the cheese and spinach-loaded saag paneer ($7.99) bestows diners with faded anchor tattoos and disproportionately muscled forearms.
A flavorful restaurant, Taste of Malabar serves spicy Indian fare.
Taste of Malabar is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Gather the whole family for a trip to Taste of Malabar — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
Can't get enough of Taste of Malabar's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Taste of Malabar's moderately priced fare.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Taste of Malabar serves up all three meals.
Wash down curry with some cold lassi at Kohinoor Restaurant — this Indian eatery is a must-try.
None of the fare at Kohinoor Restaurant is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here.
Save money on a sitter — kids are welcome to join the table at Kohinoor Restaurant.
Kohinoor Restaurant offers patio seating in the warmer months.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
For easy dining, Kohinoor Restaurant provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
The food here is super budget-friendly, too, with most items costing less than $15.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.