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It Started, Quite Simply, Like This...

Boston’s South End has rapidly become a culinary destination in its own right. To find the neighborhood’s first Indian restaurant, look for the striking pink and gold windows of MELA on Tremont Street, a unique dining space that has struck a chord with residents here since the day it opened in 2007.

The denizens of the South End are night owls, so MELA serves its full dinner menu – for eat in or take out — until 11 PM nightly. But, it’s the abundant brunch buffet, served for just $12.95 from 11:30 til 3:00 on Saturdays and Sundays, that really draws crowds. The refreshing Indian themed cocktails at MELA’s mini-bar also win fans.

MELA’s take on Indian cuisine is a touch lighter than most, including two spectacular Hot Stone dishes that allow diner’s to “cook” their own food on sizzling hot rocks brought to the table. Meat or fish available. Served with a green salad and a variety of dipping sauces, it’s virtually fat free and costs about $25 for two people.

MELA also features several classic curries (goat, tilapia, lamb shank) in styles made famous in Madras, Goa and Kerala … and a hot tandoor oven turns out dishes like mahi mahi tikka, mixed grill, and almost a dozen tasty Indian breads priced at $3-5.

You can easily spend a whole day in the South End, and MELA makes a fine option for lunch, brunch dinner or a late night snack. Come as you are.

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What our Customers Say

"I LOVE this place! Been here a few times out to eat and also done take out; their service is really good (always accommodating and get to you right away) and the food takes like, 10 minutes to make."
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" Excellent flavors and a nice variety of dishes on the buffet at lunch."
Testimonial Thumbnail Image Holly S. from Traverse City, MI

"A great spot to enjoy authentic cuisine with modern flair. "
Testimonial Thumbnail Image Irene Y. from Orange County, CA
"Mela is simply awesome. The Sunday brunch is so good and plenty of options. "
Testimonial Thumbnail Image Maggie G. from Boston, MA

Our Menu

Soup & Salad

  1. Mulligatawny Soup


    Spicy hot soup, made with lentils and spices

  2. Chicken Noodle Soup


    Boneless chicken soup with herbs and spices

  3. Tomato & Coconut Soup


    Creamy tomato soup with spices and a touch of coconut


  1. Subz Panchmael


    Red, Yellow and green peppers, artichokes, asparagus and bean sprouts stir fried with panch phoran flavored tomato and green cardamom sauce

  2. Lamb Shank Curry


    Delicately braised lamb shanks in a delicious saffron and red onion gravy. Best enjoyed with garlic naan.

  3. Pork Vindaloo


    A hot and sour specialty from the coastal region of Goa cooked with palm vinegar

  4. Duck Jalfrezi


    Tender pieces of boneless duck sauteed with mixed vegetables & spices

HOT Appetizers

  1. Meat Samosa


    Spicy turnovers stuffed with minced lamb and spices

  2. Vegetable Samosa


    Spicy turnovers stuffed with potatoes and green peas

  3. Chicken Tikka


    Tender pieces of chicken marinated in spices and yogurt and cooked on skewers in tandoor,

COLD Appetizers

  1. Chat Papri


    Spiced potatoes with fried wheat wafers, yogurt, sweet & sour sauce

  2. Jhinga Chat


    Succulent shrimp and cucumber delicately tossed in our sweet and sour tangy sauce.

  3. Chicken Chat


    Pieces of white meat chicken and cucumber tossed in our sweet and sour tangy sauce.


  1. Tandoori Chicken (Half) $13 (Full) $22

    (Half) $13 (Full) $22

    Tender chicken, marinated in yogurt and spices and baked in tandoor

  2. Kali Mirch Ke Tikki


    Chicken marinated in black pepper, yogurt and spices, baked in tandoor

  3. Salmon Kebab


    Fresh salmon marinated in our chef's secret recipe sauce, baked in tandoor

MELA makes a fine option for lunch, brunch dinner or a late night snack.
Come as you are.

Events We Cater

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We design and prepare customized menu, food and drinks for private, public and family parties and get-togethers.


From extravagant to simple weddings ranging from 100 to 1,000 guests, we do it all in an elegant way.


Major corporations and businesses routinely hire us to serve authentic Indian food to their employees and guests at their corporate events and holidays.


We specialize in special graduation parties of all sizes.

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18th Annual Chefs in Shorts

Mela proudly participated in the 18th Annual Chefs in Shorts at Seaport Boston Hotel & World Trade Center Boston. Chefs in Shorts event brought together a group of the area’s leading chefs who fired up the grills and created their favorite dishes during last month’s outdoor, summer-in-the-city barbecue.

This year's beneficiary was once again, Future Chefs. Future Chefs’ mission is to prepare urban youth in Greater Boston for quality early employment and post-secondary education opportunities in the culinary field and to support them in developing a broad base of transferable skills as they transition into the working world.