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152-156 Shaftesbury Ave. Send to Phone
020-7836 8635
Underground: Leicester Sq.
Well established restaurant for good regional cooking and down to earth prices.

Mon.-Fri. noon-11.30pm, Sat. 1pm-11.30pm, Sun. noon-10.30pm
Open late

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Mela Restaurant Review

: The large, bright restaurant’s raison d'être is regional cooking, which it promotes very well, and healthy- and special diet-based preparations. Lentil dumplings with crisp puris and potatoes in tamarind and mint yoghurt; whitebait in garlic, curry leaves and peppers; and lamb shanks braised in cloves and cardamom all are produced from the hard-working open kitchen. Mela is known for some of the best value lunches in town. Set 2-course lunch £9.95, 3 courses £15.95; pre-theatre 3 course menu £12.95.


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