Star of India


Warm and away from downtown might be what you're looking for in a restaurant this weekend with the upcoming cold snap and Christmas parade. Star of India on Lancaster satisfies both of those requests. Sizzling hot might be a better description of the food. The Chicken Tandoori came to our table at such a high temperature it crackled and hissed for almost half our meal. We ordered an assortment of dishes including Bengan Bhartha, which is an eggplant curry for $11.99, Chicken Vindaloo, $13.99, and Saag Paneer, spinich curry for $12.99. All of it was excellent and the portions were more than could be eaten by a family with two small kids. We were also impressed with the proffesional service and cleanliness of the midsized restaurant. We are big fans of Indian cuisine and will put this place at the top of our list. Unfortunately, the dining room was'nt very full on this night. It was one of those deals where they tried to seat us in the front so that the restaurant would seem busier than it actually was. Not wanting to sit by the door, we chose a table in the back. During our meal, just a couple of other tables were dining. I know the economy has slowed, so I'm trying my best to spend my dollars at local restaurants as much as possible. Finding a place like Star of India gives me hope that Salem can have quality restaurants with affordable prices. Now's the time to show support for the little guys.

503-588-9800
2138 Lancaster Dr. NE
at the intersection of Lancaster and Sunnyview

9 comments:

KandN said...

Oh my! It all looks delicious!
I don't think I've had Indian food since Royal India closed. If only I could join N when he heads to the buffet downtown for lunch. {sigh}
Now I know what I'd like to eat this weekend! Thank you, Salem Man!

Anonymous said...

This is my favorite restaurant in Salem. I always order a side of Papadam and Chicken Tikka Masala, yummy!

Anonymous said...

The Garlic Naan is particularly lovely also.

Jess said...

They are REALLY good, I took some friends there and they LOVED it.

Anonymous said...

Excellent all-around, it is nice to have another option for Indian food. We liked all our dishes, service was attentive and the atmosphere was aided by excellent traditional Indian music. It is a bit hard to find but well worth it. Hope people support this spot!

Star of India said...

Thank You all for your great words, we have just updated our menu and we know you will all love it
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Chuck Bradley said...

What a delightful assault on the gustatory and olfactory senses! The buffet offers a large selection of delicious treats. I had (According to the signs.) Pakora, Channa Masala, a curried Veggie Mix, Kari Pakora, Chicken Makhani and Tandoori Chicken. A real medley of flavors and sensations. After my plate was filled and I was seated, my friendly and enthusiastic server brought me two wonderful shrimp kabobs on bamboo skewers and a small plate heaped with slices of a bread-like substance which was like a cross between toasted pizza crust and a thick flour tortilla. It would be fun to know what these were called but I neglected to ask. The place was clean and pleasant. Your first impression will be that of the mingled aromas of the dishes as you enter. Wow! Can't wait to take she who must be obeyed there.

tracylee said...

Chuck, I was going to say that the bread was probably naan, but then I googled Indian breads and there are many, varying by region. Naan is about the only one mentioned on Wikipedia that is leavened, however, so that may have been it.

Chuck Bradley said...

tracylee,

Thanks. I looked at the photo on Wikipedia and that looks like it.

Chuck