I was impressed, on my last visit to Mela about 6 months or so ago, on the quality of the food and the revamped dining room and I was again on this latest lunch expedition. It sits up towards the top end of William Street opposite the Perth Mosque and with a menu covering a range of Northern and Southern Indian dishes has something for all who enjoy Indian cuisine.
A small wine list has a number of pleasant choices and we opted for a Spanish rosé which, with its crisply dry palate, and flavours of raspberries and pomegranate seemed a perfect companion to our food.
As on my last trip here I could not go past the vada for opening – I love these sort of South Indian fried doughnuts or fritters, made from urad dal with spices combined in the batter, deep fried to a crisp skin and fluffy centre – they are one of my favourite Indian street food snacks – served with spicy sambar, coconut chutney and dhal for dipping; these were right up with the best I have had from South Indian specialty restaurants along Serangoon Road in Singapore. They are worth the visit to Mela, alone.
Our other starter was a serve of momo, triangular shaped dumplings a speciality of Nepal – pleasantly glutinous skins surrounded a minced prawn filling – well turned out, indeed.
Our mains – well for me a very spicy prawn vindaloo -brightly coloured full of plump, crunchy prawns, cooked with their tails, and in an aromatic and very zesty chili based sauce – a bit of brow mopping, but excellent.
And finally, a curry of spiced chickpeas, served with puffed up puris, and onion with pickle – again well cooked, quite spicy and all in all a very enjoyable dish
So another very enjoyable lunch at Mela – it offers very good food, well priced, in pleasant surrounds along with friendly and welcoming staff – well worth a walk up William Street.