Mela has established itself as the best Indian restaurant in the city. Rather than specialize in one type of Indian cuisine, it offers dishes from across the country. The tandoori dishes (chicken, salmon, and lamb) are especially delicious. At lunch, there's an extensive, inexpensive buffet that's very popular. Dinner entrées are served with basmati rice, dal (stewed lentils), and papadum (lentil wafers). Portions are large, making this one of the best values downtown. The space is unexpectedly modern, with rough tile walls and a high ceiling, though accented with woodwork, doors, and furnishings from India. There's full bar sevice (though cocktails can be hit or miss), and a selection of Indian beers.