Star of India
Two years ago, N and I drove out to Lancaster to give Star of India a try for dinner. Whenever we spot an empty parking lot, 80% of the time we're unable to budge ourselves from the car and that's what happened that night. This time around, we were determined to ignore the lack of cars at SunnyLan Center, a stripmall tucked behind a Circle K and across Lancaster from BiMart and the now empty Albertson's grocery store.
How I love Indian food! Ever since my first bite I've enjoyed it's smells, flavors, ingredients, though not always the heat. One thing I've noticed over the years, is how little the dishes vary from one Indian restaurant to another. Or do I need to branch out as far as ordering different menu items?
The spacious interior of Star of India, has a small bar along one wall and booths up against the other, with tables and buffet area in between. It's brightly lit with framed Indian prints and Indian music playing in the background. We were greeted and taken to a booth, the only diners in the place unless you count the patron sitting at the bar nursing a drink.
N and I studied the menu, while our host filled our water glasses and brought us complimentary poppadom with mint and chili chutneys. Their menu offered both half and full orders of several entrees. We decided this would be a good way to order 3 items instead of just our usual two. Our order: Tandoori Chicken, Lamb Vindaloo, and Chicken Biryani.
All of our dishes tasted fresh and full of the flavors we love. We'll definitely be back. Maybe on a night when their buffet is open.
2138 Lancaster DR NE Salem Or
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