Indian food, like Bikram yoga, is hot, hails from South Asia, and fuels the power to read the ocean's mind. Harness supernatural powers with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Indian fare at Mela Indian Cuisine.
Mela Indian Cuisine specializes in authentic South Asian fare prepared with a sophisticated use of herbs and spices. For starters, the menu spotlights the chef's sampler platter ($19), an array of subcontinental savouries such as samosas, deep-fried pakuras, and onion fritters groomed at an elite finishing school. Tandoori delights, meanwhile, include chicken cooked to a level of fall-off-the-bone tenderness and marinated in ginger, garlic, yogurt, and a blend of spices ($20 for whole, $13 for half). A nutty korma combines madcap farce with chicken, lamb, or beef curry bearing almonds and cashew sauce ($13.99). Chickpeas and lentils put in appearances in vegetarian dishes such as chana masala ($9.99) and a curry cooked with split lentils and spinach ($9.99). Textured white walls, subdued lighting, and square tables lend the eatery a sleek, modern vibe, ideal for dates, family gatherings, and time-travel-club meetings.
1921 Avenue Rd.
Toronto, Ontario M5M 4A2Get Directions