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Description

  • Phone number: +44 1793 522558
  • Cuisine:
    Vegan Options
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    Indian
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    Asian
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    Gluten Free Options
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    Balti
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    Vegetarian Friendly
  • Restrictions:
    Gluten Free Options
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    Vegetarian Friendly
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    Vegan Options
  • Meal types:
    Dinner
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    After-hours
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    Lunch
  • Category:
    Sit down


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    TravellerOxford 2020-02-08

    Another great meal at the Mela with great service. Afraid we always have the same; some tasty Onion Bhajis followed by Chicken Karai and crisp Mela Naan Bread (don’t go for this if you like the soggy stuff). The only thing that would make this better would be some lettuce salad and a lemon wedge served with the Bhajis. We’ll be back.

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    jouniv131 2020-02-04

    We came here after movies. We didn't take any chances and booked the table in advance. Which in my opinion was wise decision because place was quite packed when we came in after 20.00. My partner recommend this place and it wasn't empty one. Food and service were really nice. I like Indian cuisine and in Mela they do it as they promise, contemporary. Portions were adequate and we didn't need to leave with empty stomach. We are looking forward to returning to this place with our guest's from abroad. We can recommend Mela and it is for sure one of the best Indian restaurants in Swindon.

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    dazmcb 2020-02-02

    Well walked in last night. Busy but managed to get a table. Poppudums and bits great. Ordered a chicken vindaloo , chicken jalfezi. Mushroom rice and pilaf rice . Dishes came out well presented but the star of the dish was very very sparce and over cooked and tough. Shame as rest of meal was fine. Good service

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    Graham W 2019-12-11

    We hadn't been to the Mela since the change of ownership and were pleasantly surprised to find that, if anything, the standards of food and had improved on an already excellent restaurant. There is now a much wider choices on the menu and food is served promptly by attentive staff.

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    PhilS919 2019-11-15

    Well, what can I say. We have eaten at Mela a few times over the years. Tonight’s meal was excellent. We started with Chicken Tikka and Onion Bhaji’s both were very good. The Bhaji’s were light and tasty. The Tikka was succulent and well spiced. For mains we had a Lamb Jalfrezi and a Chicken Siri. Both were well cooked and delicious. We had pilau rice and a roti which complemented that mains very well. Portions were generous and the staff were friendly and not over attentive. We have friends coming over from America next year and if they are up for a curry we will be off to Mela.

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    Mark B 2019-10-21

    This was a re-visit for a lunch time. The food here is excellent, and there is a lot of it. It is a little pricey - but very good flavours.

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    feefee2137 2019-10-08

    Having heard a few bad reports in recent times I was reluctant to eat here but boy am I glad we did. I had the Goan Chicken Curry and it was probably one of the best curries I have eaten in a long time. The rice and the peswari naan were also delicous. I always bring curry home with me - not this evening, it was too good not to eat there and then. Will definitely be back for more soon.

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    X5241VVadamp 2019-09-07

    Can't really grumble with this place. Average food. Average price.. tad salty but I'd go back when passing

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    KSR164 2019-08-17

    Fab food with masses of flavour in good sized portions. Attentive service and a nice buzzy atmosphere.

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    JennyF666 2019-08-12

    We went in just after opening on a Sunday evening, we chose to have the set menu for 2 as we couldn’t decide what to have ... It all came very quick , the service was excellent and all the staff were very friendly & cleared each course very quickly. The food was EXCELLENT..... we were also offered a free drink afterwards. Highly Recommended

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    Mike W 2019-08-08

    Forget the rest, this is undoubtedly the best curry house in Swindon at the moment, I have been eating Indian food for 35 years and have been to all the restaurants in Swindon and where I now live in Melbourne and this is top of the list, clean, fresh perfectly cooked with great flavour you will not be disappointed here if you are a connoisseur of good Indian food

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    Swindonjogger 2019-07-28

    The food was ok. Starters were the highlight, served in a modern style and tasted very good. The main course was more standard indian cuisine. My wife’s chicken was a touch dry and mine had a strange coating but tasted ok. My main issue was that after finishing, the plates were not collected for a good 30 minutes. It’s not very nice trying to relax after a big meal with uneaten food on the table. I noticed a couple who were on a table for 4 were forced to move to a smaller table, despite being served starters and drinks. Completely unacceptable. And another couple had to stand next to our table whilst we paid our bill so they could then use it. Not sure we will return to a restaurant that values cramming in customers to providing a welcoming experience.

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    malay s 2019-06-30

    Went with my team here and really liked it. I have been living in swindon for an year now and did not know about such a great place to eat at. A must try if you are a fan of Indian and Indo-Chinese food.

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    jasonzak 2019-06-15

    I am a massive fan of the Zaika Valley but the service is hit'n'miss and they are a little arrogant, the Mela is across the road and a friend asked to try the Mela. The table and food were great, I had the chicken Sali, which was really tasty but just a bit too much potato and not enough chicken. Special Rice is superb, as was the naan bread, bhajees ok & saag aloo lovely. The service was ok, 7/10, could have been a little better. Bit quick to clear plates that still had food on or glasses that still had drink in. Bill was a little more than was anticipated but all correct. All in all not quite as tasty as the Zaika but ok, the Jewel in the Crown is still the best for service etc but the Zaika has the tastiest food.

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    TravellerOxford 2019-06-02

    I think a while back the Mela closed or something, but now it’s back with a style. I’ve always liked it, and the other night was no exception; the onion Bhajis were very tasty, our Chicken Karai had some great flavours and the right amount of spice accompanied by the Mela Special Naan which we particularly liked - crispier and more flavoursome that Plain or Keema. Great service throughout. We look forward to our next visit.

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    karencA6283NY 2019-05-25

    We were wandering round the old town in Swindon looking for somewhere to eat and decided to try Mela. We were very happy with our choice - the food and service were great. Only criticism was the music which in our view could do with an update!

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    BlackAmber 2019-05-12

    We absolutely loved it! This was the best Indian meal I’ve ever had and I don’t just mean in Swindon but anywhere. It was amazing. The lamb was melt-in-the-mouth tender. Everything was perfectly spiced and full of complex flavours but nothing was ridiculously hot. The chicken momos were really tasty. The chicken lollipops looked stunning. All the sides were perfectly cooked. Bombay Potato is often hard - this wasn’t, the texture was perfect. Our mains were gorgeous. Even the pilau rice was exceptional. The naans were smaller than some places - dinner plate sized - but very tasty. The dishes were all beautifully presented. It was more like fine dining than a typical Indian. I did though wonder why three out of four mains arrived ready plated whilst my husband’s dish was presented in a separate dish. Next time we’ll ask for all mains to be in separate dishes so that we can more easily share. This wasn’t a problem just a bit unexpected in an Indian restaurant. The menu has lots of interesting dishes I’ve not come across before as well as familiar dishes. We chose mostly the unusual dishes and weren’t disappointed. Portions are large. Three mains between four of us would have been plenty. We did get to take home the leftover sides dishes though so that was a bonus. We didn’t have dessert. There is one home made dish. The rest looked to be bought in. The restaurant has a good ambience and the staff were appropriately attentive. The manager was very apologetic in case the service had been slower than we expected (it wasn’t) owing to four new staff having started work that day who were still learning the ropes. We sat down at seven fifteen and left about nine forty five. We never felt rushed or that they wanted us to vacate the table for another sitting. My only disappointment was my salt lassi. It was quite thick, like yogurt rather than a drink and didn’t have much flavour apart from a slight saltiness. I can forgive them this though especially if it was made by a new staff member. Prices are quite a bit higher than other places in Swindon but that’s not a problem when the quality is so much higher than elsewhere. You do get what you pay for. We thought it was excellent value for money. The nearest Indian that comes close to this is over twenty miles away. I can’t want to visit again. Next month hopefully.

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    RobnChrissy 2019-05-05

    Service, food, second to none. Thouroghly enjoyed the experience. Looking forward to returning again soon. Very happy to recommend.

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