While snacking on the appetizer, we had managed to place our orders and soon things began arriving. I had opted for a House Specialty which is a combination diner consisting of soup, naan, rice, chicken tandoori, lamb rogan josh, and vegetable korma. I knew it would be far more than I could eat in one sitting but it sounded like a fantastic way to try multiple dishes at once. They gave me my option of spice levels and I rather cautiously ventured “Medium?”. My husband was much more enthusiastic about selecting medium for his Chicken Tikka Biryani.
My mulligatwany soup came up first.
Our main courses arrived shortly afterward and I had the “kid-in-the-candy-shop” reaction of not knowing where to start!
The lamb rogan josh featured flavorful fall-apart tender lamb in a lightly spicy tomato cream sauce. I’m not sure of the spiciness of the dishes is simply different (ie: a medium mulligatwany is always spicer than a medium lamb rogan josh) or if the spice levels tend to run bit wild but I found this dish to be easily mild instead of medium.
The basmati rice was lightly oiled with small seeds interspersed and had the light, fresh taste of rice. It provided a nice compliment to the heavier sauces of the lamb rogan josh and the vegetable korma.
The vegetable korma was more truthfully a medium spiced dish and was my favorite of the spread. Although the vegetables looked suspiciously like a frozen veggies mix (square bits of carrots, peas, lima beans…) the sauce was stellar. Lighter in color than the tomato cream sauce of the lamb rogan josh, it also had more of a nuanced flavor.
The chicken tandoori was moist without being greasy and fall apart tender. The flavor was mild in spiciness but well distributed throughout the meat.
The naan was outstanding. Pillowy soft and thick while still being light and airy, it had been lightly brushed with oil and given a dusting of salt. I could happily eat this every day.
We will absolutely be back to Sitar. The food ranged from solid to outstanding and the service was unwaveringly prompt, friendly, and courteous. We both had leftovers and I easily made three meals from my one special. I appreciated the variety of combination dinners which make it easy get an introduction to the cuisine. I imagine the buffet at lunch serves a similar purpose and I plan to head over given the first opportunity.
Total for the meal: $36.61 (Includes one combination dinner, one biryani dinner, and two drinks).
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