Durham >Food & Dining > Sitar India Palace
3117 Shannon Rd, Durham, NC | Directions 2770735.967496 -78.952675
Exactly what I was looking for! – Yummm! This is definitely the best Indian food in the Triangle. I just wanted some nice comfort food on a cold night and got just what I was looking for. The veggie samosas were delicious with the tamarind sauce and the Chicken Tikka-masala was absolutely perfect. It was a little pricey for the main dish, but I have come to expect this from Indian restaurants in general. It's not hard to find; just look for the only living business in the dead strip mall. The parking lot is always half full and the beautiful interior of the restaurant certainly belies its location.
Good food, weird location – While every other store in this strip mall next to Target appears to be closed, this Indian restaurant appears to be doing well financially. On a Wednesday night, we were not the only people enjoying ourselves. There are a wide variety of entrees on the menu and everyone at our table had something different. It was good food and was comparable to other Indian restaurants I've been too. The menu is a little larger than others and I will likely go there again.
Best Indian food in the RTP area – The food is simply delicious every time I eat at Sitar Indian Palace. Try the buffet and sample everything!!! The staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. They even gave my date and I an impromptu tour of the kitchen. What a delightful experience.
WAS EXCELLANT BUT, did they keep it up? definitely doubt.I – I was a regular customer of Sitar from 1999 to 2003. Then moved to Atlanta. None of the Indian restuarants impressed me as Sitar did. I moved back to NC last month. I was forcing one of my best friend to go for a dinner in Sitar!!!! Because of their combination menue ( south and North)
Man, they really disappointed me all the ways. #1 Average quality of food which used to be the best in the triangle. Espcially the south indian and Tandoor. #2. Slow and blank service from the waiting staff, owners very artificial in behavior (which will irritae you) #3. Almost doubled prices, I don't think thyey are that grate what they were.
Spice and Curry is better.... – ...but Sitar is pretty darn good too. If you like middle-of-the road Indian that caters to the not-too-daring crowd, Sitar is your place. Spice and Curry in RTP typically has more adventurous dishes on their menu and the quality is midge better, but Sitar is great. My friends and I always argue about which is better so you can't go wrong with either.
Best Indian in Durham – This is the best Indian place I know of in Durham, and among the best in the Triangle. The ambience is very, well, Indian -- from the scents to the decor, you know exactly what you're in for as soon as you walk in the door. Food is prompt and delicious.
Too bad it's in a shopping center that's turned very ratty since the demise of South Square. On the plus side, it's rarely if ever crowded.
best indian food around – I've enjoyed eating at Sitar several times over the past 3 years; having searched for delicious food all over the Triangle, this place is the best I can find. The Mysore Masala Dosa is particularly delicious.
Terrific food, service not as good – The lunch buffet is good, but could use a little more variety. Their dinner menu is fantastic, I've never has lamb saag half as good. They use to offer thali, which is a selection of 4-6 meats and vegetarian dishes, but it appears they have gotten rid of that. A shame.
My only reali criticism is the service. In the resturant service can be a bit slow, esp. in drink refills, which are a must if you love your indian spicy. Their take-out is the biggest problem though. They usually tell you it will be ready in 20-30 minutes. But I have had to wait as long as 45 before. Also twice in 2 weeks called in my order and when I got there it hadn't even gone back to the kitchen. I got a bit hot under the collar the second time b/c it had just happened the week before, so they rushed my food to me in 10 minutes and gave me a free mango lassi. But that made me wonder that if they canget my take-out ready in 10 minutes when I'm standing there, why does it routinely take 30 or more when I call it in?
Service aside, their food really is the best around. You just have to be patient with the service, I think that's just how it works in India, they don't hover over you or try to anticipate your needs like American resturants.
Tandoori chicken, pappadum and some of the best curried rice in town: East Indian food that's fit for royalty. – In Short
Sitar's dining room is decorated simply, in tones of rich burgundy and white, with subtle Indian accents. Hanging on the walls is a collection of Indian miniature paintings. Indian music plays in the background. Order off the menu or go to the buffet--selections include traditional dishes like chicken makhani in a tangy cream sauce and garnished with paneer; masala dosa crepes made with rice and lentils stuffed with potatoes and peas; lamb-filled samosas.
Looks can be deceiving – I have lived in the triangle area for quite some time. I have tried all Indian restaurants, and I have got to say that- Sitar India is not what people say it is. Their food is not authentic. I tried them several times, to see maybe it will be different this time. But to no avail- if you think Sitar India is good food- you have not been to NY. Their hall is nice and pretty, but thats where it ends.
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