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5.1 /6 Excellent 56 Reviews


Harborne Indian ££ +100
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About Mela

Mela describe their restaurant experience as the art of fine dining, and we do not hesitate to agree, especially if you, like us, agree that fine Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine matched by professional service in an environment that exudes restrained elegance qualifies as fine dining. Mela’s Harborne High Street premises are fully-licensed as well, with a great range of fine wine and premium beer available, all paired again with some of Birmingham’s finest Indian cuisine.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:30 - 00:00
  • Tuesday 17:30 - 00:00
  • Wednesday 17:30 - 00:00
  • Thursday 17:30 - 00:00
  • Friday 17:30 - 00:00
  • Saturday 17:30 - 00:00
  • Sunday 17:30 - 00:00
Mela, 101-103 High Street, B17 9NR Birmingham

Further Information

Mela offers a monthly special that ensures fans of this Harborne High Street Indian restaurant keep coming back for more, and are kept pleasantly surprised when they do. Take, for example, a four course meal for rock bottom prices – a special mixed platter starter, your choice of main course (except seafood), rice or naan, and a coffee or tea to finish. That said, eating in any day of the week is a pleasure, with Mela offering Birmingham’s picky curry lovers a great a la carte and takeaway menu, brimming with signature Indian and Bangladeshi specialties.

Mela’s chefs know a thing or three about the regional specifics of Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine, and something again about how to use only the freshest ingredients to create beautifully presented dishes. Traditional cooking methods are consistently used in this Harborne High Street kitchen, and the service staff are more than capable of advising diners on the options available. A highlight of the menu is Mela’s tawa, which alone should bring Birmingham’s curious connoisseurs down to this special restaurant. This signature dish takes chicken, lamb, king prawns or vegetables, cooking them with fresh garlic, shallots, mixed bell peppers and a secret tawa sauce. It’s a semi-dry dish bursting with flavour and served sizzling on a tawa dish. Recommended by Mela’s chef, it comes doubly recommended by us.


56 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 56 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: quiet
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
28.05.2017 06:57

Fantastic good and also great value. The place was well presented and the service was excellent. Easily the best cuisine of this type I have ever had.

1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 09:58

Amazing food. We never fail to have a great meal at Mela. Staff are very friendly and offer an excellent service. Will certainly be returning to Mela for a meal.

2 reviews so far 6
21.05.2017 09:41

Gorgeous food, pleasant, stylish setting, friendly service and good value. What more could you ask for? This place is a 'hidden gem', accessed from a single door on the street up a staircase, so don't miss it!

1 review so far 6
24.04.2017 09:40

Went for a birthday meal, party of three. Lovely food, great service and a fantastic set up restaurant. Overall a real hidden gem on Harborne High Street.

1 review so far 3
25.11.2015 11:49

We had to wait 1/2 an hour for a table, no drinks offered while we waited. Table was nicely presented and drinks served at the table. Staters were good, but the time taken to serve the main courses took to long meaning the first out was cold by the time the last came out. This somewhat tainted the evening as we were entertaining friends & had billed Mela as a premium curry house. Would think twice about going again

2 reviews so far 5
12.06.2016 17:07

We first visited Mela in November last year. Lovely food and excellent service. Mela is the only place we go now when we want a curry in a restaurant. Highly recommend.

1 review so far 6
22.10.2016 13:29

Early evening meal with our daughter who's just started at Birmingham Uni. Thought she might need a good meal!! She didn't get a good meal - she got an excellent meal. Menu was a bit different. I had the lamb from their speciality page - beautiful. Really tender meat and full of flavour. Could easily miss restaurant as single doorway with restaurant upstairs. Don't let entrance put you off as dining area very upmarket. Totally recommend.

2 reviews so far 6
15.10.2016 09:37

Always great food, whether take out or dine in at Mela. Will continue to order from here whenever I have a take out, and will definitely be visiting again

2 reviews so far 6
22.06.2016 20:46

Mela is only indian restaurant we go to. Been going here around 7mths. Last weekend was no different - good food and good service. Always recommend.

1 review so far 5
18.05.2016 08:11

As always, great food, friendly helpful staff, nice decor and lighting..... Very reasonable prices. Although Mela has a licensed bar you are able to take your own drinks along too.

1 review so far 6
18.02.2016 15:43

I went there twice (once with friends and last time with my parents) and it was always great! The food is delicious and the staff is really friendly. I think the price-quality ratio is quite good and I strongly recommend this restaurant since I will most propably come back.

1 review so far 5
04.06.2016 07:51

I was surprised that the restaurant was entered via just a door that led to stairs that arrived at a restaurant above a row if shops. However the food was excellent, the service from all the staff was attentive and engaging, and although noisy ( as the place was very busy) that added to rage sense of atmosphere.

2 reviews so far 5
08.03.2016 09:06

The food is really nice, not too pricey & always large portions, I have the chicken hyderabadi & I love it. The drinks are always a little flat, I don't think they keep their fizzy in fridges so it always tastes a bit off. Overall though a good experience and it is our regular Indian restaurant now.

1 review so far 5
30.12.2015 18:54

Mela was fabulous. the food and service was as good as ever. However, there was no record of my booking through Quandoo Luckily there was an available table.

2 reviews so far 5
11.12.2016 10:07

We visited this restaurant for the first time although we are frequent visitors to other Indian restaurants in Birmingham. We had a good welcome and enjoyed the food very much; the service was very attentive and the atmosphere pleasing. We had the celebratory meal for £14.95 which was extremely good value. We will go back.

1 review so far 5
06.12.2015 11:35

Great service - waiters made sure we were seen to and satisfied at all times. Drink recommendations were made, and a free taster was offered when we were unsure about which drink to order. We were not kept waiting, and felt well looked after. Food was of a good standard and portion sizes were generous.

1 review so far 6
16.07.2016 10:32

Excellent - friendly staff, excellent food (shish kebabs some of the best I've eaten) and bonus of take your own wine and/or beer - although they are licenced. Bonus of being local and able to use my Taste Card too!

1 review so far 6
19.09.2016 10:04

As always we received a friendly welcome with prompt and polite service. The décor and ambience are most attractive - light, fresh and modern. The food was excellent and the portions generous. Bring-your-own drink is a great bonus!

1 review so far 6
31.07.2016 08:25

Good food served by attentive staff in a pleasant atmosphere. There was a restaurant feel and a varied menu. Also good vegetarian choices. Both our meals were tasty, well cooked and nicely presented.

1 review so far 6
02.08.2015 19:54

Excellent dining experience.... Food was gorgeous and service very attentive and efficient. We went on a busy Saturday night but everything was perfect. Good prices for excellent night out, we will be back!!

1 review so far 5
02.03.2016 14:44

Good food and friendly service, if slightly frantic when it was busy on a Saturday night. There was no pressure to finish and go and staff took the time to chat at the end of the meal. Would return.

2 reviews so far 6
29.03.2016 11:19

Great food as always, with a good selection of meat and vegetarian options. The staff friendly and attentive throughout and the restaurant as usual had an enjoyable atmosphere. Will be returning soon.

1 review so far 4
18.07.2015 07:16

Food was excellent, as always, but there seems to have been a change of management/staff. The normally friendly and helpful service was missing. This has been our first choice restaurant for years, we may try some of the other places to see what they are like.

1 review so far 6
21.12.2015 09:06

Pleasant cosy surroundings, comfortable seating, linen tablecloths, excellent service - one of the waiters was particularly welcoming and could not to enough for us, and above all delicious food.

1 review so far 6
22.12.2016 13:06

Lovely resteraunt with very attentive staff. Food was lovely for all 4 of us who had good. We were even given complimentary coffee after our meal. Would definitely recommend!

2 reviews so far 3
19.02.2017 09:18

drinks were off I decided to tell the waiter who instead patronised us by telling us it was due to the ice. The drinks were undrinkable & we were still charged £5:95. No aplogy or nothing. Food was ok but really oily. Price wise over price for what u get. Sorry its not the best.

1 review so far 6
03.04.2016 15:49

The food was really tasty and the staff were friendly and it was very fast service great night out by us and our friends will visit again

1 review so far 5
20.03.2016 07:15

Very good food and extremely friendly atmosphere and service. Would recommend to anyone wanting a nice curry that is not overpriced but thankfully does not have lots of Saturday night drunk people

1 review so far 6
17.02.2016 08:18

Good atmosphere, great menu, reasonable prices, friendly service. The food was really nice - a little bit different and the wine was an amazingly good price

1 review so far 6
01.06.2016 19:02

Excellent food and staff Me and my family and friends will defently be visiting again very soon Would highly recommend to local and non local people

1 review so far 6
10.02.2016 07:57

Exceptionally good food, excellent surroundings, attentive staff and reasonably priced. A gem of a find, definitely visiting the best curry restaurant in Harborne again. Thoroughly recommended.

1 review so far 6
24.04.2016 15:10

Delicious food with fresh quality taste, staff who go the extra mile with customers and very nicely layed out. Best curry house in harborne by far!

1 review so far 6
28.06.2016 07:41

Fantastic food and great service. Some really unique dishes. Both quality and quantity is brilliant. I'd highly recommend this restaurant to any lover of Indian food.

2 reviews so far 6
25.07.2016 09:05

Lovely food, very attentive, friendly and polite staff and the restaurant was very clean and attractive. Would definitely recommend and will be returning for another visit

1 review so far 5
31.12.2016 09:16

We're regulars and are always treated well and love the food. The menu could do with refreshing as it's been the same for a while but always good value for money

1 review so far 6
16.04.2016 08:37

The food was excellent, delicious and fresh. The waiters were polite and well informed of the menu. We would 100% recommend this place to anyone!

1 review so far 6
01.04.2017 08:22

We had a great meal with great service. The food was delicious and all of the dishes tasted amazing. Will definitely be going back soon.

1 review so far 6
14.04.2016 23:11

Staff very friendly, the starter which was a platter was very good, nan bread very nice, rice and curry dishes was delicious. We will return

1 review so far 6
24.09.2015 07:33

We enjoyed the excellent four course set meal, with a platter starter.Food and service fantastic! Enjoyed a bottle of house white wine priced at 6.95.

1 review so far 6
22.12.2015 09:27

A pleasant and relaxed environment to catch up with friends. The staff were extremely polite, patient and good-humoured and the food was wonderful. Excellent service!

2 reviews so far 5
04.02.2017 08:41

Good value and tasty food. Will definitely return. Rice with chana beans lovely. Like other reviewers I struggled to find it but its right òppobut home bargains

1 review so far 5
12.02.2017 08:47

Nice restaurant. Good good and a decent service. Lamb with main very chewy but still tasty. Table under air conditioning fan so cold blasts now and again.

1 review so far 5
15.02.2017 12:11

Great food, staff and atmosphere. It's my local Indian restaurant and never fails to deliver. Staff are friendly and welcoming, my favourite dish is the chana paneer

5 reviews so far 4
27.08.2016 13:35

Nice restaurant, good service. Only fault no time to digest starters before mains came out. Average price for an Indian meal. Would return but just ask to hold on the mains after starters

1 review so far 5
18.09.2016 08:23

Very pleased with choice of restaurant. The food was great. The service was good and the staff were friendly and helpful. Really good value for money.

4 reviews so far 5
15.02.2017 10:01

Really good food at very reasonable prices. One of the best curry houses that I can think of in this area, would be recommended by myself.

1 review so far 5
13.10.2016 11:59

Very nice restaurant with pleasant ambiance. Staff are courteous and helpful an, of course, the food is good! Would quite happily recommend to anyone else.

1 review so far 4
29.12.2015 08:49

Lovely food nice staff good service not the best table position but ok. Good choice of dishes and staff very helpful with advice. All in all a good night.

2 reviews so far 4
06.03.2016 12:08

The atmosphere was nice. The food was good and service was also good. Husbands masala fish did lack a bit of flavour but mine was nice and flavoursome.

1 review so far 4
28.02.2016 09:28

Service was quite slow but food was lovely as ever. Staff always pleasant and good at recommendations. Small venue do can get quite noisy with big parties especially.