Tuesday

Milan restaurant, Birmingham – review


Milan Restaurant, Birmingham
 
You say Birmingham, I say Food.
With such variety, from Thai to Italian, American to Greek, Indian to Caribbean, Birmingham is a foodies paradise. No wonder, I went foodalistic (food + ballistic) trying various cuisines and soaking in the flavours of the world. However, my heart beats the fastest for Indian food (not because of the spices, I genuinely love Indian food) and that’s the reason I’m writing this post. I want to share with all my readers that I’ve found one of the best Indian restaurants in Birmingham, and that restaurant is Milan.
Considered to be a dining institution, Milan is tucked away nicely at the outskirts of Birmingham city centre on Newhall Street. The entrance and the interiors are inviting, with a modern setting coupled with an old world charm, low lighting, soft Bollywood music and fresh flower arrangements. As soon as we (me and my husband) entered the restaurant, we were greeted with a nice, big smile by the Head Chef of the restaurant, Parvinder Singh Multani. Ushered in to our seats, we were attended to immediately by the waiting staff. Drinks and Poppadoms (£1) followed soon after.
The restaurant has classy and inviting interiors
Milan offers an impressive and expansive menu, with a lot of vegetarian options. Innovation, it seems is the key word at Milan, as the dishes on offer are a unique fusion of East and West flavours. One look at the menu and the dishes with its innovative names, and you can see how much love and effort has gone into designing the menu for this place.   
To kick start, I ordered Almond Pears (£3.95), while my husband went for Naram Dill Tikki (£3.95). True to its name, the Naram Dill Tikki was super soft, with melted cheese oozing out from the heart-shaped dumpling. Almond Pears were served over sweet yogurt and were a delight. 
Almond Pears
Naram Dill Tikki
For mains, I ordered Bhindi Mushroom (£6.95) and Tadka Dal (£6.95) with Naan (£1.95). My husband went with Chicken Mirch Masala (£8.95) and Tandoori Roti (1.95). Flavoursome food with artistic presentation is how I would like to describe the mains. Naan was soft and chewy, and the Rotis were perfectly layered. The portions were just right as they arrived in cute little copper kadhais. No overpowering smells or spices, just amazing taste.
Bhindi Mushroom with Tadka Dal
Tandoori Roti
For desserts, we went with the highly recommended Rasmalai (fresh cheese dumplings cooked in milk) and Gajar Ka Halwa (a carrot based sweet). The desserts didn’t disappoint either, however, the star among the two was Rasmalai that was served with a strawberry decoration.
Gajar Ka Halwa with a dollop of Vanilla ice cream and Rasmalai with strawberries
Because of the reasonably priced menu, we could eat to our hearts content and still manage to keep our bill under £55. The ever friendly and smiling staff made the experience even more wonderful. Without doubt, I can say that this restaurant is sure to impress both the pocket-friendly crowd, as well as the most passionate North-Indian food aficionados. If we lived locally, Milan would have been my food mecca.