Last night, one of my best buddies in undergrad was up in Boston with her husband. Indian food was decided upon for dinner, so we headed to Mela, which is on Tremont Street in the South End.
We all quickly decided on the Vegetarian meal for 2--what a great deal! For $35, you get Mulligatawny soup, veggie samosas, 2 choices of veggie main dishes, 2 naan, raïta, and a bowl of basmati rice--plus dessert and tea or coffee. They also give you an amuse-bouche as you sit down. I mean, this was a feast! (For $45, you can get the non-vegetarian meal for 2.)
Since there were 4 of us, we decided to get 4 different main dishes and share. (How nice!) We got Malai Kofta, Mattar Paneer, Palak/Saag Paneer, and Aloo Choley. The whole table agreed that every one of them was fantastic.
For dessert, I got the kheer, and Peter and Katie got the kulfi. The kheer was very nice, and apparently so was the kulfi--I didn't even get a chance to taste it, it was gone so fast! David got a molten chocolate cake with cardamom, which he seemed to enjoy.
Completely stuffed, we journeyed back out onto the streets of the South End to walk-off all that we'd just eaten--raving the whole time about what a good meal it was. (I know my parents will be jealous upon reading this since they always want to go to Mela at least once every time they visit...)
Since Mela moved into the neighborhood, we've never had a bad meal there--quite the contrary. Their concept is "Modern Indian," but to me it's still got that traditional comfort-food feel. The atmosphere is also really cool with walls adorned with shaped copper reminiscent of the copper vessels often used to serve Indian food. This contemporary décor is juxtaposed with some traditional sculptures as well, lending to quite a unique experience.
Mela receives top ratings from this gourmand!