Mela Indian Cuisine

South End

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Hot-stone grilling stars on menu alongside contemporary takes on subcontinental cuisine within modern Indian bistro bedecked in Eastern art

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Promotional value expires Apr 4, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Must purchase 1 food item. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Not valid for lunch buffet. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Although Columbus famously "discovered" India by landing at Lexington and Concord and proudly ringing the Liberty Bell, the actual location of India remains a mystery. Today's Groupon offers the best lead the world has had in centuries: for $20, you get $40 worth of Indian cuisine at Mela Indian Cuisine.

Peppered with paper lanterns and serene Eastern artwork, Mela Indian Cuisine offers an extensive menu of modern-minded Indian cuisine. Behind the bistro's striking pink and gold windows lurk chef specialties such as the subz panchmael, with a trifecta of bell peppers, artichokes, and bean sprouts drenched in panch-phoran-flavored tomato and green cardamom sauce ($15), or the beef coconut curry flecked with mustard seeds ($13), offsetting sweetness with spice, not unlike a gingerbread cookie in a bikini. Hot-stone entrees are seared by diners at the table on a sizzling oiled stone slab, with delicious DIY options such as prime lamb chops ($21) and scallops and salmon ($24). Mela Indian Cuisine also harbors abundant vegetarian options including fresh dishes such as Gobhi Charchi, cauliflower cooked up with ginger, garlic, potatoes, and Indian spices ($13), and subcontinental classics such as charcoal-fired tandoori, fiery meat, fish, and vegetable curries, and creamy masala. Raging inner fires can be quenched with a cool pistachio shake ($4), not to be confused with the official dance move of the Nut Farmers’ Annual Ball.

Customer Reviews

This restaurant is lovely, the staff is so gracious and polite, and the food is flavorful and plentiful, with 3 'stages'' of heat; I prefer mild. The restaurant has comfortable seats and it is not noisy loud even when full. The sauce to the lamb coconut curry was so good that I requested to take the remainder home; our waitress packaged it up and even packed extra rice. Wonderful! Mela is in the heart of the South End close to my destinations- theatre and ballet. I will go back next week, or maybe every week.
Michael T. · March 31, 2016
A very nice small restaurant very convenient to the Boston Center for the Arts. Been there a handful of times and have always thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Generous helpings -- plan on some leftovers unless you just share an entree. Very fresh ingredients, and very friendly staff.
Eveline R. · February 10, 2016
Excellent food.
Tricia L. · January 31, 2016
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    South End

    578 Tremont St.

    Boston, Massachusetts 02118

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