Such is owner Cellvam Sinnan’s confidence that when he took over this long-running Indian restaurant, he took on a 20-year lease. Milan, which means meeting place, has been an Indian restaurant since 1990, and it’s still looking good, with its dark blue walls, white tablecloths and all its awards hanging on the walls. The original award-winning chef here has returned to the kitchen.
The atmosphere is friendly, thanks in large part of Cellwam Sinnan whose enthusiasm for the industry is refreshing. The food is good, too. The familiar dishes are there – the pakora, rogan josh, naan, roti and so on – and they are prepared with some care and precision. The signature dishes are even more special. Try the mushrooms marinated in yoghurt and spices before being cooked in the tandoor oven – quite delicious. So is the sikanderee raan, an unusual pan-fried lamb dish where the meat is first marinated in rum and spices. The claypot curries are excellent, and so is the gulab jamun for dessert. The $29.50 banquet (for a minimum of two people) is very good value for the uncertain. The wine list is small but reasonable.