My friend is a food blogger, we often go to new restaurants and try new food,but English is not our first language so I need help.

What can be a single word for food that is neutral tasting. Like if a dish is good in taste but with a little more seasoning it could have been better. So it's not really bad.

I would use the word bland but it seems a bit negative.

Thanks in advance.

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  • I've been looking for synonyms and antonyms for the similar words used but nothing fits, that's why I decided to post. – Samy S.Rathore Jul 30 '16 at 19:36
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    Their green curry was a little pedestrian. – Wayfaring Stranger Jul 30 '16 at 19:49
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    bland is what I'd use. You are being "a bit negative" when you say the food would be better if it had more flavor. And bland is not saying it's distasteful- it's just not as "tasteful" as it could or ought to be. – Jim Jul 30 '16 at 19:59
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    Uninspired, unremarkable, tasteless, basically just stomach filler... Good for your diet... – Jim Jul 30 '16 at 20:08


Cambridge dictionary

not decorated in any way; with nothing added: The food is pretty plain (= prepared simply and without strong flavors), but there’s lots of it.



  1. a. : lacking flavor

e.g. This dish tastes a little flat


Oxford dictionaries

  1. Lacking flavor: mugs of insipid coffee


American Heritage dictionary

  1. Lacking taste, zest, or flavor; flat: vapid beer.



lacking taste or flavor or tang


Cambridge dictionary

having little or no flavour : These grapes are completely flavourless.

I would say "plain/flat" is most neutral, "vapid/insipid" less so, and "savorless/flavorless" least so.

some other options: zestless, lacking tang, dry, dull, unsavory, plastic, garden-variety, so-so, humdrum, cut-and-dried

  • Flat seems like the most fitting word so far. I thought about it too but was hoping there to be a better word. If no one suggests something better, I'll accept this as the answer. Thanks – Samy S.Rathore Jul 30 '16 at 19:49
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    yes. the thing about "neutral" is that "neutral" when it comes to food already has a connotation of "bad" because it's "not good" lol @Samy S.Rathore – user180089 Jul 30 '16 at 19:55
  • Haha... that's true – Samy S.Rathore Jul 30 '16 at 19:57
  • @Samy S.Rathore ~ I just found "plain", it may just be the best fit and most neutral – user180089 Jul 30 '16 at 20:00

Personally I think bland is probably the right word for what you're describing, but if you think it's too negative, you could use mild. It's specifically used when describing food where the flavor is not as strong as it could be, but it's not negative, because some people prefer less seasoning.

Often but not always referring to heat, it can also mean a lack of strong seasoning or flavor. Mild implies the food is deliberately not strong-tasting as a matter of preference, rather than a lack of effort. "The last curry I made was too spicy for you, so I made it mild this time. I think you'll like it."

  • Mild is mostly used in conjunction with salsa. – haykam Jul 30 '16 at 21:03
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    I'm pretty sure that mild is used with lots of other things besides salsa. – barbecue Jul 30 '16 at 21:21
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    That's mildly interesting... – haykam Jul 30 '16 at 21:25
  • I see what you did there... – barbecue Jul 30 '16 at 22:04
  • I like this, I can't change the selected answer, but please have my upvote :) – Samy S.Rathore Aug 1 '16 at 12:20

What can be a single word for food that is neutral tasting. Like if a dish is good in taste but with a little more seasoning it could have been better. So it's not really bad.

You seem to be saying that there's not enough seasoning.

Well then it's underseasoned. Just say what you want to say :)

Example usage:


And in any case under- is a productive morpheme, meaning you can generate words with it, basically, at will.



  1. Insufficiently; incompletely:



Obviously you can then modify this to soften it or be harsher to your heart's content: "a little underseasoned", "very underseasoned", "disappointingly underseasoned", "career-endingly underseasoned" etc. etc.


I think you may use: unseasoned

  • (of food) not flavored with seasoning : a tasteless, unseasoned meal.


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