Serves meat, vegan options available. Indian cuisine restaurant operated by a family from Punjab. Menu includes some traditional meat-free dishes, several of which are supposed to be vegan suitable. Vegans could order the whole wheat naan and ask omit butter. Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, Mon-Thu 5:00pm-9:00pm, Fri-Sun 5:00pm-9:30pm.

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14 Reviews

First Review by meroe05


Points +532

13 Jul 2023

Decent Indian Buffet

The food is well spiced and tasty. Some dishes were just warm. Overall, worth the visit. No wow factor! Vegan items are well labeled.

Pros: Helpful and knowledgeable staff, Tasty food , Great location

Cons: Warm food



Points +182

16 Jun 2023

Great Indian Food

About what you expect. Flavorful Indian food with several vegan dishes to choose from.


Points +74

30 Jan 2023

Really tasty

We tried the aloo gobi, Baingan bharta, and the Punjabi chole and everything was incredible. Menu is very clearly marked for vegan options, even for delivery, which is always a plus. The food was seasoned beautifully and the rice with the fennel, cardamom and cinnamon is really a treat. The oil levels were perfect too, something I’ve run into issues with in the past with other local Indian places. Super recommend!

Pros: Clearly marked vegan options , Beautifully spiced food

Cons: No vegan bread options


Points +110

30 Jan 2023

One of my favorites

Only reason for four stars is HC won't allow five for restaurants that are not fully vegan. Fair enough, but these guys are very vegan-friendly and easy to work with. And their offerings can't be beat .

One quick caveat emptor: the vindaloo is much hotter than i expected. Not an issue for me as i learned to pace myself pretty quickly, but if you don't like hot spices ask the waitstaff for guidance.

Pros: Very vegan friendly, Friendly and knowledgeable staff


Points +1395

08 Jan 2023

Birthday Dinner

3.5 stars. I would always choose this as my birthday dinner location but have since had better Indian food. It's an elevated experience and so delicious and consistent. I would get the aloo gobi.


Points +61

15 Jan 2022

Madras Curry

Delicious and creamy madras curry. I have tried several other items but the madras is the way to go.


Points +188

08 Aug 2021

Delicious every time

I’ve been eating here for years and it’s always delicious. I will say I’ve never had a first date here that turned out well lol. But the food - it’s great. My mom loves coming here when she’s in town as well.


Points +68

Mostly Veg
23 May 2021

Meh at Mela

My wife and I went there for dinner last night, looking for some good vegetarian Indian food. The food wasn’t bad, but the restaurant was kind of run down and poorly managed. The hostess who greeted us clearly did not want to be there and needed to be better trained. There was food stuck on the menus, and the service was pretty inept. So while the actual food was OK, I really did not enjoy the experience very much. Lots of better options in Asheville!


Points +182

10 Jan 2021

Amazing Indian food!

Big servings, delicious and filling!!


Points +177

19 Jul 2020

Great buffet

This is the only place I will eat at a buffet because the turn over is so fast. Plenty of vegan option and delicious. If the kitchen is not too busy, you can order vegan nan bread

Pros: Cheap buffet

Cons: Can’t always get vegan nan


Points +425

04 Dec 2018

Great buffet

I brought my partner here because he loves buffets. I didn’t know that they didn’t serve off of the menu at lunch and I’m not a buffet fan. But I have to say that it was great! There were way more vegan options than I expected ( over half of the items were vegan ). The veggie curry was my favorite and I loved the pakoras! I stacked spinach, rice, and vegetable curry... so good. The service was good, atmosphere was nice, it was pretty busy but the flow was good.

Pros: Veggie curry, Pakoras

Cons: Go for dinner if you don’t appreciate buffets


Points +54

10 Jul 2018

Excellent Indian Food

If you have the option, go at lunchtime. They have a great buffet with at least two vegan entrees plus salads, papadum, chutneys, and pakoras. Dinner is somewhat pricey, but also very good. The samosas and pakoras are outstanding, and the dinner vibe is very cool.


Points +22

06 Jan 2016

best indian in eastern US!

Authentic, traditional, homemade, family recipes. A real tandoor oven. Fresh naan. Amazing basmati rice. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Indian cooks. Great location. Lots of parking. Cozy and hip. Creative cocktails. Good mix of north and South Indian food. Will be a regular destination.


Points +782

28 Dec 2013


The food is so delicious and they are very knowledgeable and accommodating to vegans. Just let them know you are vegan and they will take care of it. The food is fantastic! They even made a special dish for my picky vegan Daughter who hates spicy foods. Ask for a waitress named Julie. She's vegan!

Pros: Delicious, Great Staff, Large Selection

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