A celebration of Indian cuisine right in the centre of bustling London, Mela restaurant has a unique take on the Indian restaurant from start to finish. In a part of the capital that’s near Covent Garden and right on Shaftesbury Avenue, an area usually associated with Chinese food, Mela is a stand-out for style, taste and service. The airy dining room, full of natural light, is decorated in a completely contemporary manner, warm colours and simple shapes giving a clean, comfortable feel. Good service is a high priority at Mela where you’ll be greeted warmly and treated like a VIP throughout your visit. From the foothills of the Himalayas to the warm seas of the coast, Mela reflects the hugely varied and inspiring cuisine of India, opening minds and stomachs to more than your usual tikka masala. Colourful, robust in flavour and evocative of the subcontinent, every dish is prepared with care and great attention to detail.
Signature dish: Tiger prawns marinated in saffron, caraway seeds and coriander.
Sample dishes: Lahsooni whitebait (whitebait marinated in crushed garlic and caraway seeds, gram flour batter fried), £5.95 Murg malai kebab (chicken supremes matured in a delicately spiced marinade, chargrilled), £12.95 Kheer (traditional indian rice pudding with saffron & raisins), £3.25
Price: Under £35 | €40 | US$54
Dress code: Smart casual