Star of India/ Étoile des Indes Restaurant

I’ll admit it- I (sadly) only tried REAL Indian Food for the first time, in June. My friend was CRAVING Indian food for the past week or so and I always loved my tv dinner version of Butter Chicken and Rice (it was my go-to College/Uni meal; don’t judge me). Therefore, we went on a hunt for a good Indian place that delivers because we didn’t want to stop our movie marathon. So, while I still haven’t dined in the actual restaurant, I can still rate the food and delivery experience.

Star of India is located 2.4 km away from my house and is located at 5860 Sherbrooke Ouest. The three of us ordered the “CC” deal which contains the Appetizer Platter, Butter Chicken, Bhoona Gosht, Chana Massalla, Palao Rice, Pappadum, Naan and Dessert for the price of $40.95.

First, I’ll talk about the one negative aspect of ordering from this restaurant.  It took them about an hour to deliver the food even though they are so close-by.  Even though we told them that the buzzer for the building wasn’t working and to please call us, the delivery man still gave us a LOT of attitude once he arrived. Don’t get me wrong, I understand, but I apologized numerous times and he kept pushing the issue and was rude. If we had known how long it would take, I would’ve gone downstairs to wait for him however because it DID take so long, I am very glad I didn’t wait.

On the other hand, there were many positive aspects.  When ordering, they were very helpful explaining the dishes and were very polite while offering suggestions.  Most importantly, the food was DELICIOUS. My favorite was the butter chicken, (which is not a surprise), move over TV dinners! The Bhoona Ghost was good, but I was a bit surprised at how.. anti-climactic it was. My mom has made dishes that have tasted exactly the same as that and she wasn’t even making an Indian dish…

Part of the Appetizer Platter was the Onion Bhaji- it was incredibly tasty. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed onions dipped in batter and deep fried.  Some of the best dishes are simple. The samosa was pleasant and the sauce they give with it is delicious. The Naan bread is also pretty appetizing.

The rice was amazing. I could eat numerous bowls of just the rice alone. The Chana Massalla was delicious too- definitely a great chickpea dish.  While I am not big on desserts, I was told it tasted like pancakes with a TON of Maple Syrup.

Overall, Star of India will now be my go-to Indian place. I’ll try different locations in the future but this is DEFINITELY staying on my list and somewhere I would recommend for delivery.

Since I’m new to eating at Indian Restaurants- which restaurants do you recommend?  Please comment below!!

Thank you!

-JLA

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