The word "mela" means carnival or fair, and when the mela comes to your village, it means an explosion of color, fun and good times (not to mention good eats). Mela Tandoori Kitchen evokes the mela spirit with colorful striped walls, glittering candles and the kind of fragrant Indian dishes that drew everyone and their mom out to the mela. This place is all about family: Mela's North Indian and Pakistani recipes come from three generations of Indian restauranteurs. Brothers Sohel, Zoaib and Moiz run the show now, but it was their father who opened Mela's original location as one of the cities first Indian restaurant in the early 80s. That means Mela is some real O.G. Indian food.
Mela's food is family-oriented, too: order family-style to take in the full range of deliciousness on the menu, like the prawn biryani, creamy chicken tikka masala, and house specialty tandoori mixed grill, and save room for the faluda dessert (an Indian-style ice cream sundae with rose syrup, coconut jelly, sweet basil seeds, cream, and a scoop of Mitchell's mango ice cream). Sounds like the carnival is in town, and it's headed to your mouth.