March 1, 2016
Mela Tandoori Kitchen in Civic Center hosted a couple interesting guests a week ago, starting with Jus Reign (Jasmeet Singh), the YouTube star and Bollywood actor who was recently in the news for being forced to remove his turban at the airport by the TSA (he’s Sikh). To be clear, the issue was about not having to remove his turban, but about the TSA not providing a private room with a mirror so he could put his turban back on. You can watch his video breakdown of what happened—and you should. It’s a teaching moment (and also funny as hell).
The night he ate at Mela he was appearing at the Empire Room (across the street) and was reportedly a fan of the chili cheese naan, chicken tikka masala, and faluda for dessert.
Another faluda fan was Amir Khan, British professional boxer and two-time former world champion and current WBC Silver Welterweight title holder—he will be fighting in Las Vegas on May 7th against Canelo Alvarez. He stopped by with his NY socialite wife, Faryal Makhdoom, for his favorite tandoori mixed grill and chai.