Mela  

 
 
ADDRESS
152 - 156 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, Soho, London WC2H 8HL
 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Sunday: 12:00-23:30. Saturday: 13:30-23:30
 
PRICES
Under £35
 

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MelaMela is an innovative, stylish restaurant with a wonderful kitchen, good prices and a reputation for poor service. On our visits the staff were friendly and efficient, but there have been reports of rude and poor service from many visitors. Everyone however agrees that the food is wonderful; ‘rustic’ dishes cooked in a traditional method but with some subtle innovations by owner and chef Kuldip Singh. This is a far cry from the kind of curries you normally expect at these prices; delicious and delicate fare, especially the marinades and sauces which are recognisably fresh and taste beautiful. This understated but extraordinary cooking is available at surprising prices. The lunchtime special for £2 is causing a stir with local workers. This place is a really good bet if you are in town for the theatre, offering excellent food in a refined setting for a good price.

 

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Underground Stations

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Leicester Square Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Covent Garden Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
9 minutes walk
 
Euston Railway Station
 
20 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Upper St Martins Lane NCP
 
2 minutes walk
 
China Town Masterpark
 
2 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £134  38% off
Seven Dials, WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
In the middle of Covent Garden, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street (formally the Mountbatten) is perfect for those wanting to be in the heart of ... More
 
 
 
St Martins Lane, A Morgans Original
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £219  40% off
45 St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 5 minutes from Mela
One of the first design hotels, it certainly hasn't lost any of its cool appeal and continues to impress with great service and high standards. The ... More
 
 
 
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £109  36% off
9-13 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B | 5 minutes from Mela
Near to the British Museum, this Edwardian hotel is something of a Bloomsbury landmark. Relaunched in January 2009 following a '25million makeover, each of the 174 ... More
 
 
 
 
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Talli Joe
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
152-156 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H | Same location as Mela
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Dishoom Covent Garden
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
12 Upper St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Mela
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Chick n Sours Seven Dials
London > Restaurants > American restaurants
1 Earlham Street, WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
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Cabana
London > Restaurants >
7 Central St Giles Piazza, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
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Mela, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D | 5 minutes from Mela
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Mela, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 5 minutes from Mela
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Mela, St Martins Lane, WC2N | 5 minutes from Mela
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London > Entertainment > Theatres
West Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
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London > Entertainment > Theatres
Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
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London > Entertainment > Theatres
Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1A | 1 minute from Mela
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London > Attractions > Art Galleries
135 Flitcroft Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Mela
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London > Attractions > Art Galleries
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London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
1 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D | 3 minutes from Mela
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The Wild Bunch
London > Shopping > Florists
17 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
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London > Shopping > Shoes
9 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
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London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
38 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
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London > Education > Universities and Colleges
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1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 9 minutes from Mela
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21 Stacey Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
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London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
25 Shelton Street, 40 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Mela
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The Hospital Club
London > Leisure > Arts Centres
24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 3 minutes from Mela
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Polpo at Ape and Bird
London > Nightlife > Pubs
142 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
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Norman's Coach & Horses
London > Nightlife > Pubs
29 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Mela
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Lamb & Flag
London > Nightlife > Pubs
33 Rose Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 3 minutes from Mela
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The Phoenix Artist Club
London > Nightlife > Bars
1 Phoenix Street, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London WC2H | 1 minute from Mela
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Detroit Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
35 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from Mela
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London > Nightlife > Bars
29 Romilly Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Mela
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London > Business > Venue Hire
68 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D | 4 minutes from Mela
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St Martins Lane Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 5 minutes from Mela
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London > Business > Venue Hire
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 5 minutes from Mela
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