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MELA

Moscow, Idaho

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MELA

Moscow, Idaho

(65)

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Jean Fox

22 September 2019

The food is really amazing here and the owners give great customer service. I'm from a much larger city and miss good Indian food this definitely hits the spot.

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Md Aminul hoque

15 September 2019

Awesome taste and ambiance. Authentic Bangladeshi flavor and taste.

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Daniel Choi

15 September 2019

Amazing food, very friendly staff. One of the best and highest quality I've had the pleasure of tasting. This place makes food that they themselves would eat, and it is simply amazing. I would highly recommend this place, and I definitely will be back here often! Do take note that this is a Bangladesh cuisine, not Indian. They are very similar, but you can expect less sauce than what you'd expect at a Indian restaurant. More...

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David Bollinger

23 August 2019

Wow. The food is wow.

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Sara Ziemann

17 July 2019

So good! The meal was delicious! Very good ingredients, and good portion size. A little spicy for me, but I will be more careful in ordering next time. Still, amazing quality and taste!

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Elisabeth Robinson

17 July 2019

The service here is first class. The food selection offers something for everyone. They also have vegetarian options. Price is well worth the amount of food you get and if you have any questions all you need to do is ask. Some dushes are a little spicy so ask if you need a more mild choice and you'll be well taken care of. More...

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Kortney Fritz

30 June 2019

DELICIOUS food at a great price. New favorite spot

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Anna Celine Guilas

30 June 2019

I just tried this place today and I am in love with their food quality! I ordered chicken tikka masala with mango lassi for a drink and it was delicious! Definitely recommend and will come back again. More...

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Donna

30 June 2019

Excellent food--especially the paneer and samosas. The whole family loves this place, and it's great to sit outside in the summer and enjoy the weather and the company.

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Preston

30 June 2019

The food here is delicious, I definitely recommend trying the butter chicken and curry chicken. The staff are very friendly and the environment is nice, great place for a nice meal.

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Mohammad Zahidul Hossain Khan

4 June 2019

Authentic Bangladeshi food with excellent taste.

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Shyra Scott

1 June 2019

Amazing food & wonderful service!

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Lenea Pierzchanowski

1 June 2019

Yummy cuisine and wonderful hostess! I love that she recommended somethings with a variety of tastes!

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Joel Tollefson

8 May 2019

The owners are the sweetest people! And that's just the beginning. I had the palak paneer, gulab jamun, and had a taste of a friend's chicken Tikka masala. Every bite was life changing.

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Jon Tyson

8 May 2019

Wonderful experience. The owners were welcoming and friendly. The food superb! We had lamb curry and chicken curry. If you want extra spicy ask for the green sauce-awesome

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Rachel Hurley

8 May 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed the chicken tikka masala! It was full of authentic flavors that were not masked by too much butter or too much heat (spice). And the owners are absolutely lovely! More...

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Sharon Hurley

8 May 2019

The food was absolutely delicious! The chicken tikka masala I had was incredibly rich and buttery without being to heavy, and the golab jamun was not too sweet, which I really appreciated.

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Michelle Hubert

8 May 2019

A small, out of the way spot in Moscow. One of several restaurants enclosing a courtyard with plenty of seating and a more secure play-place for the littles. Seating is also available inside. It didn't look like it at first, but when you go inside to order there is a bar and a table and chairs. It was rainy when we went so this was a deal-breaker if there was no indoor seating.The food is made by an actual Indian woman from family recipes. I had the Paneer with spinach and was told that it is prepared differently than other places. It was delicious even though it didn't look very appetizing. I have not eaten it before so I wasn't sure what to expect. The sauce has pureed spinach, so no stringy wilted leaves, and large cubes of cheese. You can get it with rice or peas instead of the spinach, as well as naan, which I did. A small salad makes the meal. I also tried the Mango Lassi which was very good; can't go wrong there. My husband got the chicken curry and enjoyed it as well. Prices are pretty reasonable for what you get. Portions aren't small or over the top large either. The menu online doesn't have all the available options. When we went there she also had a salmon curry that sounded intriguing. There were other menu items listed as well. Credit/Debit is accepted. Not sure about checks. I would definitely recommend and will go back to try other things there as well. More...

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David Austin

8 May 2019

Our family cooks classic Indian food often, and we understand that to achieve that remarkable balance of subtlety yet intensity, much time is necessary. Mela presents one with food that reflects that long cooking time. This Bangladeshi variant of classic Indian cooking is simply superb.A rare find outside of large cities, truly a gem. More...

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Aleta Quinn

8 May 2019

It is what it is and it does that well. The physical setting is a hole in the wall BUT they'll bring your food over to Slice, so you can drink one of their 24 taps (100+ cans), wine, or coffee. And in good weather it's a happening square with kids running everywhere. The menu is limited but the food is tasty. It's better to do a few things well than a hundred things adequately. So far I've had the curry, biryani, and samosas, and the flavor is the reason for the long lines at the Farmer's Market. I've been to many dozens of Indian and Desi restaurants around the US. There's something about Bangla cooking to differentiate it from Indian; I couldn't describe it but Mela has it, and it's a welcome difference versus generic Americanized Indian fare. It's also wonderful to enjoy a bit of spiciness without having to beg for it. We are blessed to have two south Asian establishments in town now. For formal guests I need to impress with ambience I'll go to Karma but for myself and friends, a tasty curry with IPAs is unbeatable.5/4/2019 update: got the lamb curry, delivered to the bar at Slice. The lamb was tender and lean, the curry was spicy and delectable, and the rice was infused with cumin and cardamom (or something. Wonderful spices). Mmmmm. More...

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Naomi Allen

8 April 2019

The food is excellent, the people are kind and the portion sizes are generous. Great place to eat.

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Arya Choudhury

8 April 2019

6 out of 5 stars. Gives me memories of my grandmas amazing home cooking. I will always remember to visit this place if I want good comfort food.

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Vicky Monk

8 April 2019

A tiny restaurant with big flavor. Delicious food and excellent service make this restaurant shine. I'm especially fond of the butter chicken and chicken tikka masala. I definitely recommend Mela when you have an Indian food craving. More...

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Evie Brindelwein

8 April 2019

Beautiful, exquisite, hand-crafted food from a local artisan chef. Inspired by country, culture, and careful culinary blends, Mela serves up dishes that are balanced nutritionally and aesthetically. You eat. You leave full, but not heavy. You come back for more, or you try something different next time. And you gain a friend every time you speak with the staff! More...

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Norman Fowler

8 April 2019

We have always had wonderful, flavorful food. So glad you're in Moscow.

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Fok-Yan Leung

8 March 2019

My wife and I have been coming to Mela regularly since it opened. It's great to have a restaurant in town that serves terrific, authentic, South Asian cuisine. The curries have a depth of flavors that can only come with proper slow cooking and adept use of spices. A lot of love is put into the food and it shows. Oh, and the owners treat you like family. More...

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Kayla Simonson

8 March 2019

Best authentic cuisine around! Excellent service

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Pamela Lee

8 March 2019

Mela is a mom and pop, hole in the wall place in the best way possible! The food is delicious and the owners are kind and inviting.

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Cathlin Sentz

8 March 2019

I have loved Mela since they opened at the Farmers Market - their garbanzo curry was the only thing I wanted to eat when I was pregnant with my second child! And when we were pregnant again and very sick Abtesam blessed us with food!!! They are such a kind family - and her sons always made me laugh - and you can tell that cooking food for people is her calling. I am so grateful we can now have the beautiful flavors of Bangladesh outside of market season. Tonight our family of five feasted on the garbanzo curry, the lamb curry (amazing), and the paneer curry plus lentil soup (she added that in for us, because she just cannot quit being generous) and an order of piyaju (pakora). The sauces are beautiful, balanced, and perfectly spicy (my kids love it, but I know not all kids are accustomed to spice). I crave these flavors!It’s easy to pop in to their 2nd street location (it’s tucked away on the east side of the patio near the play structure) and place an order for take out, though there is also a small area to dine in along a bar with stools. Our large to-go order was ready in less than ten minutes. You could also eat outside on the patio.A meal is perfectly sized for a hearty adult portion (comes with salad and a choice of naan or rice) and easily shared by smaller kids. Everything is made from scratch, and it is like being invited to sit down at the table and feast with their family, that’s the Mela magic. This food is made with love. More...

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Bethel Kohler

8 March 2019

Food is fresh, homemade, and delicious!! Lots of gluten free options which keeps me going back. They can even make garbanzos taste amazing

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Trevor Alexander

8 February 2019

The owners are awesome! Brought us our food over at Slice then came back to see how it was. The space is very limited but they make it work. I can't wait to try more! Oh, and the Piyaju was delicious! More...

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Joshua Woolsey

8 December 2018

Finding the entrance was a bit confusing, but was it worth the search! The food was amazing and the customer service was impeccable! I can really tell that the owner loves what she does, and you can taste it in the food! More...

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Taufique Fuad

8 November 2018

The best quality Bangladeshi food you will get at Mela. Thanks for opening a restaurant finally!!!

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Juniper H-M

8 November 2018

Delicious, so glad they opened a resteraunt

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Jeffery Peterson

20 October 2018

Tender boneless lamb curry. Delicious garbanzo curry too. Spicy without lighting your hair on fire. Fast, friendly service. The owner found out we were from out of town and treated us to extra samosas which were also yummy. Just what moscow needed. More...

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kaylie McIntosh

12 October 2018

I was super excited to come here! - then when I got there I realized I knew the family and it was like a homecoming! The food was exactly the way I expected- delicious! Samosa heaven! Everything was fresh. -it's small because its brand new and I'm so excited to see this place grow! More...

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Katie Peet-Walker Bystrom

9 October 2018

Super delicious and the nicest people!

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Mattie Pickard

9 October 2018

Had the younger boy at the farmers market make me a plate of what he thought would be the best, and I was NOT disappointed!! The green sauce is to die for and perfectly spicy, and one can never go wrong with arugula and cucumber atop some chicken biryani. My heart lies with you, Mela!! Thanks for being something I look forward to every saturday��� More...

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Fuad Nur Taufique

9 October 2018

You will get top quality authentic Bangladeshi foods there. Highly recommended !!

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Joan Jones

9 October 2018

A stop here is part of my weekly market visit. Pro tip: bring your own containers so you can take snacks home for later. Samosas and pakoras warm up nicely! More...

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TuShun Powers

9 October 2018

Wonderful and tasty dishes. I love the variety. Thank you for providing great food to Pullman, WA!

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Arif Joarder

9 October 2018

I am so happy to see you are doing so well. Wish you all the best!

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Matt Lulloff

9 October 2018

Food is amazing! Everyone should try when they go to the farmers market.

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Uriah Kallstrom

9 October 2018

Amazing- super fun family that makes ABSOLUTELY amazing Bangladeshi food! Keep up the great work friends :)

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Alicia Bardelás

9 October 2018

Seriously satisfying and delicious. Their green sauce is terribly addictive though, you'll find yourself craving it ALL the time. Can't recommend them enough!

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Carmin Sellers

9 October 2018

I'm a big fan!

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Kaja Cook

9 October 2018

I constantly look forward to their deliciously spiced meals - chicken tikka masala, samosas with mint chutney, various veggie dishes from which emerge hints of lime or cilantro or cardamom... Thrilled to have found authentic Bangladeshi cuisine in Pullman / Moscow. More...

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Cari Espenschade

9 October 2018

Yesterday was the first time we have tried their chicken curry at the moscow farmers market, my husband and I were blown away! SO GOOD! Can't wait to try something else at the market next week. More...

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Greg Pearson

9 October 2018

I really enjoyed the chicken biryani dish served at the Moscow Farmer's Market, and cannot wait to explore other dishes in the near future.

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Erin Hvizdak

9 October 2018

I recently used Mela to cater an event for an organization at WSU. Shaheen and Enam were wonderful to work with. The food was delicious and everyone was so impressed (thank you, Shaheen!). We'll definitely use them again in the future! More...

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Esther Anderson

9 October 2018

Amazing food that you will always want to come back to. We'd all be lucky if they open a restaurant in town.

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Marcia Hill Gossard

9 October 2018

Our whole family loves MELA! Puri, piaju, vegetable biryani, samosas, and garbanzo curry are some of our favorites, but we can honestly say we have loved everything we've tried. The food is delicious and healthy. It is a fabulous, family-run business not to be missed during the Moscow Farmers Market! More...

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Emily Styer Spellman

9 October 2018

We love the dinners so much that we have a standing order indefinitely for one day a week. The flavors are amazing and I'm always looking forward to it. We also like supporting small business Moscow. We're so happy with this place. More...

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Lovina Englund

9 October 2018

The lovely people of MELA catered our wedding celebration party August 8th. Many happy people were treated to this fantastic food! What a treat to know that the food was prepared with genuine passion by a business that truly cares about the people they are serving. Thank you Shaheen and Enam for bringing the flavors of your wonderful country to the people of the Palouse! More...

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Alim Dewan

9 October 2018

If you want to have true taste of Bangladeshi food, this is the place to go. Foods here are not just made of materials like rice, flours, spices, and vegetables but cooked with ingredient of passion and love. You will see that in every aspect of their presentation . I feel that the people work here want to represent the culture of Bangladesh to the people of the Palouse. More...

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Andrew Hoehn

9 October 2018

Loving their dinner pickup program now that it's started back up. Every Wednsday, for $10/serving, we pickup excellent Indian food from their kitchen next to Rants & Raves. Last week was an amazing Paneer and a cabbage dish, this week is a Dahl and a vegetable curry that we're about to enjoy.

Can't wait to see what we get next week.
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Stephanie Mickelson

8 October 2018

The food is fantastic, flavorful and plentiful. Generous portions and everything is very fresh.

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Sai prudhvi OSP

8 September 2018

So glad to have some Desi food in the palouse..

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Vignesh J Muralidharan

8 September 2018

The most awaited restaurant. Thank you so much MELA for your continued awesome food to experience. FARMERS MARKET -> MELA (WOODEN ROOF) you are awesome

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Smirthya Somaskantha Iyer

8 September 2018

Really good food!

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Andrew Hoehn

8 September 2018

After years of popularity as a Farmer’s market stand and caterer, Mela’s finally given in to popular demand and opened a restaurant. For the last few years, Moscow’s had a thriving restaurant scene with a notable absence of South Asian cuisine. Mela is filling that gap, and doing it wonderfully. Their opening night in mid-August of 2018 packed their courtyard with hungry fans & friends. We enjoyed plates piled with Paneer, Biryani, Naan, Samosas and other favorites. In good weather, their courtyard is one of the most pleasant places in Moscow to enjoy a meal. Now, Mela lets you pair that excellent location with some of the best food in town. More...

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F.A.Rezaur Rahman

8 September 2018

Finally a desi place in palouse.

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Steven Xu

8 September 2018

TLDR:Food: 4/5Service: 5/5Venue: 4/5 More of a food court type place than a restaurant. The current chicken was great, veggies are generic. Naan bread was pretty good could be better, don't believe they make their own Naan bread(don't quote me on that). Mango Lassi was not too sweet, that's a plus. Probably the best Indian food around this area, but the selection is lacking. More...

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mursaleen shiraj

2 September 2018

This is a great place to have authentic Bangladeshi food. If you are looking for a different taste, halal food, something new, quick bite, or heavy meal- Mela offers all of these. Great service, friendly people, nice ambiance and obviously amazing delicious food. I am certainly going back and recommend this not only to people from the sub-continent but to everyone. More...

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Sonia Binte Khorshed

13 August 2018

Finally the wait for authentic Bangladeshi food is over. Mela is going to serve its customers in the heart of the university town from Aug 13. From their past record of catering food, I can guarantee that they will prove themselves to be one of the bests in town. All the best for the new journey of Mela. Can't wait to try yummy mouthwatering food from Mela. More...

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