Mela Indian Restaurant

3.5 stars 3.5 out of 5 12 ratings
$$Gluten Free Menu, Dedicated Kitchen Space, Indian, Restaurant
40% of 10 votes say it's Celiac friendly

70 North Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 Directions

(828) 225-8880
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    3 ratingSeptember 09, 2017

    I used to be able to eat here all of the time but I got sick enough last time I went to the buffet that I haven't been back since, delicious food, such a loss.

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    1 ratingOctober 11, 2016

    not celiac friendly. definitely not knowledgeable about gluten at all. I had to use the bathroom IMMEDIATELY it was embarrassing because I was in public... I really wanted to love this meal but I recommended not eating here if you are sensitive to gluten OR have Celiac's disease.

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    1 ratingJuly 30, 2016

    I used to eat here all the time. A few years ago I gave them four stars. Because they were primarily gluten free. I am unsure what happened. ..but over the last couple of years, every time I ate there I would become very ill. I checked with the staff at one point to try to figure out what exactly was making me have the reaction. We thought we figured it out and I stayed away from the papadum and pankora. As I found out that they do not have a dedicated dedicated fryer anymore. However, I still had a bad reaction. We cooresponded back and forth via email. I was told that they don't know where I got the idea that they were gluten free or that they guaranteed that their food was gluten free.( it is posted everywhere on their Buffet line which dishes were supposed to be gluten free for one thing ). Also when I said the manager /owner assured me it was gluten free a few years back . The person who I correspond with was very unappologetic and very defensive. I suggested that if they were no longer going to guarantee that their product was Celiac friendly , that they post a disclaimer about their gluten-free status warning celiacs that it's not safe to eat there. be very wary eating here.

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    1 ratingMay 28, 2016

    if you are celiac, don't go here!! there is GF all over the menu, but there are no options that are not contaminated. we left after talking to the waitress and hearing that there was no way for them to accommodate our needs.

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    2 ratingJuly 01, 2015

    I ordered the Chicken Makhani to go and it was good, but definitely had a bad reaction to it.

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    5 ratingApril 08, 2015

    The lunch buffet is the bees knees! Everything is clearly labeled GF or not. I have Celiac and ate there with no problem except not a big enough stomach!

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    5 ratingJanuary 25, 2015

    Delish !!! AND FREE gluten-free app!! Well worth the money, I will definitely be coming back.

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    3 ratingOctober 10, 2014

    Good, but did not feel it was the most authentic tasting based on the many Indian restaurants in our area. Still good though.

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    5 ratingOctober 04, 2014


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    4 ratingMay 16, 2014

    Food was good. My waitress had celiac as well, so was a helpful guide. Only 2 appetizers and the bread/nan dishes were off limits. The waitress indicated that not many wheat-related items were fried in the frier, as most things with flour use chickpea flour. She said she can eat things fried there without a problem, but I am wary of that still. The hostess was clueless, and things aren't marked on the menu, but it was still a lovely and flavorful meal.

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    5 ratingSeptember 22, 2013

    Great buffet!! All was gluten free today, except the nan bread. Delicious!!

Gluten-Free Features

  • Dedicated Kitchen Space
  • Gluten Free Menu


  • Indian
  • Restaurant
11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 10 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 10 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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