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“Very disappointing”
Review of Mela

Mela
Ranked #51 of 442 Restaurants in Swindon
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Bath, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Very disappointing”
Reviewed 6 September 2011

This used to be a great curry house in Old Town, Swindon - tasty, fresh and fairly original. I would go here for the quality of the menu and food. Ordered a takeaway last Saturday and what a disappointment - a chicken passanda in a thin, runny liquid with little flavour. The same with the dhall and the sag aloo almost entirely potatoes. Very little flavour too. Better off going to a supermarket for a takeaway.

  • Visited September 2011
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English first
UK
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470 reviews
314 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
“Good, solid Indian restaurant”
Reviewed 25 June 2011

Went with a group of friends midweek, Surprised how busy it was. Food was very tasty - we all had different dishes. Have been a couple of times now and not been disappointed. Ladies in the group were given a bottle of wine as we left - nice touch! Will go again.

Visited June 2011
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Has someone poured boiling water over my food?”
Reviewed 14 November 2010

This is the first and the last visit to the Mela and I massively disappointed in the quality of the food. It had been recommended to a friend, with whom we were dining, by a regular and we're assured they knew what they were talking about. Walking to the Mela, it looked the busiest of all the curry houses in old town, I good start - we arrived at 8pm on a Saturday night so wasn't expecting great timely service - and I wasn't disappointed - it was 9:45pm before our mains were served and when the food arrived to table of ravenous dinners, the quality was astoundingly bad, a friend said, "it tastes like they have poured a kettle of boiling water over my food". That sums it up really, bland and tasteless. For cuisine, that when cooked well, is a taste sensation with flavours galore it was a huge disappointment that the curries that my wife and i shared tasted exactly the same - the only difference was the colour and considering one was a Goan curry and the other from Pakistan, with wildly different flavours listed on menu it was truly poor. There aren't many curry houses in Swindon that serve truly great food, but this experience has again confirmed, if you want a great curry - cook it yourself!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Really awesome Indian food at a good value”
Reviewed 13 November 2010

Both the lamb sag and the Nan were outstanding. Big chunks of lamb. A nice amount of heat. Nice addition of a slice of red bell pepper -- not only did it help the dish plate well, but the crispy texture was a nice complement to the sag. The establishment was quite accommodating of a group of 4 adults with a pram. The only downside is that they don't have a single Indian dessert, not even gulab jamun. Apparently, there's no demand for Indian desserts in Swindon, so I am sympathetic to that reality. All in all, a great value!

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Wiltshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Superb food and atmosphere”
Reviewed 15 September 2010

The Mela is a tad expensive, and food small portions, but the quality and taste is fantastic, also cleanliness and service is good

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