Ho-Hum Chicken Tikka MasalaIf you read cVillain or spend time on Charlottesville-Dining.com, you have witnessed the absurd mudslinging battles between two of Charlottesville’s three or four Indian restaurants. I won’t go into detail now — I’ll save it for the curry cage match coming later — but suffice to say that Milan considers itself the premier Indian restaurant in town, and many people I know would agree. I personally find it the least good of all of them.

We were with a big group on our most recent visit, so we ordered a dozen different dishes. We had the Samosas, Chicken Tikka Masala, Palak Paneer, Chili Chicken, Tandoori Chicken, and Shrimp Masala, among others, with a few sides of assorted naan breads. While nothing was bad, nothing stood out, either. Each dish featured average quality meats, reasonably fresh vegetables, and sauces that were by no means flavorless, but also uninteresting, flat, like nothing more than oil, cream, tomato, and curry powder thrown together.

The atmosphere and service are just fine. An attentive waitstaff almost wordlessly ferries dishes to and fro across white tablecloths in a dimmed dining room. The prices are reasonable, and the lunch buffet is a good deal, even if the food is still forgettable.

Overall, the only real complaint I have is not against Milan, but against the people who think it’s the best Indian in town. Sure, the food here is fine, but Maharaja and Royal Indian are better.

Erin says: “I would eat Indian food professionally if I could find a paying gig.  But not at Milan.”

award_star_gold_3 16Rating: Erin: Jed:

thumb_up 16 iconPros: Cheap lunch buffet, fast service (usually), plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.

thumb_down 16 iconCons: Mediocre food overall.

money_dollar 16 iconPrice: Entrées $10-15.

car famfam 16 iconParking: Usually enough parking in front or behind the restaurant.

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