I never contemplated going to Milan Veg because I thought it was one of those Indian vegetarian Italian fusion places like Quattro Ristorante on Kuwait Street. I was wrong. It turns out that it is actually a hardcore South Indian veg restaurant. Sandwiched between giants Venus and Calicut Paragon on one side and Aryaas and Saravanaa Bhavan on the other, my food buddy Mansoor and I went in as much out of curiosity (to see how they are surviving the squeeze) as out of Mansoor’s memory of having a good lunch there. Located opposite the Karama Park, Milan Veg boasts a covered outdoor dining area as well as a well-appointed 2-story indoor seating area, surprising for a value for money-oriented restaurant.
Mansoor ordered us a Mushroom Masala Dosa and a Mini Tiffin Special, which basically comes with a mini dosa, idlis, vada and chutneys. The mushroom masala dosa is a regular dosa with fried mushrooms mixed into the potato masala. Interesting yes, but not something I will order again. The mini tiffin was about as good as one can expect for Dhs12. For me, the key is always the sambar. If it is good, then it will carry the rest of the dish. In this case, it wasn’t. Service was reasonably friendly (for early on a Friday morning) but it was hardly what I would call fast. So, for a good South Indian breakfast, I would definitely consider the other amazing options along the Karama Park strip than come back to Milan Veg.
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