Indian Star serves a fine selection of Indian Cuisine, from mouth watering Tandoori items to delicious vegetarian dishes, including tasty Indian sweets. Indian Star also offers a lunch buffet from 11:30am - 2pm daily.
I have not eaten in-house; I order delivery exclusively, and have been doing so for about a year or so.
Although I am a fan, I will agree with one of the older reviews that said "... after trying more that half of their menu, I feel that they don't have a lot of variety to offer. Most of the curries taste the same, they have like 2-3 signature curries that that use for most of their dishes." It is indeed a rather limited menu.
Nonetheless, that being said, I am a big fan of their food. I think the flavours are excellent -- my current favourite is Saag Alu (curried spinach with potatoes), and while the quantity overall is fairly good, I think the chicken dishes sometimes could use more chicken in 'em -- so to speak.
Delivery time is very good; almost always within 30 minutes, and the food is always really hot -- temp-wise, not spice-wise.
There has been one odd change lately in that the "plain basmati rice" used to be something rather special -- it was not just plain basmati rice, it was a really tasty yellow somewhat puffy rice (it actually looked more like arborio than basmati, but that's neither here nor there, in my opinion); moist and lovely subtle flavours, which was, in my experience, unique. Now it is indeed pretty much just plain basmati rice with some herbs added. I miss the other way they used to do it.
My final word is a caveat, of sorts, in that I do not have very much experience with Indian food, so I cannot vouch to authenticity, but I can vouch that I really like Indian Star's food, and order frequently.
In July of 2013, my boyfriend and I fortuitously discovered this establishment and duly fell in love with its delicious Indian cuisine, which we feel is the best Indian food, and the best restaurant food in general, that we have ever experienced in this area. Both of us are fans of Indian food, so we have been to many Indian restaurants around Canada and the world, but we have rarely, if ever, experienced Indian food that is this good. We order delivery about once a week (to us, it is our end-of-week reward), we bring our friends and relatives there for special occasions, and recommend the restaurant to anyone asking about great food in the area. Our favourite dishes are Eggplant Bhartha, Chana Masala, Gobi Aloo, Vegetable Curry, and Garlic Naan (although we also enjoyed your Vegetable Samosas and Pakoras, Chai Tea, and Galab Jamun; moreover, our carnivorous friends also said that your meat dishes were tasty). What we find special are their bright orange curries that have a rich and spicy flavour; the way in which they season their dishes enables us to enjoy the tastes of the different ingredients in a harmonious and delicious balance. Moreover, the quality of the food is pretty consistent from week to week. We also found that their prices are reasonable, considering the portion size and quality. I highly recommend this restaurant to vegetarians and anyone else who loves Indian food. Even if you don't love, or even like, Indian food, this restaurant may very well change your mind!
Now, for a time, early in 2014, they temporarily had a new chef so the quality of the food did decline. Fortunately, according to the owner, the old chef is back, and the food tastes as great as it ever did (we ordered it last night and were not disappointed).
I visited this restaurant with an Indian friend of mine. Overall, it was okay. I am not too big on spices and curries but the experience was pleasentful.
We arrived during the lunchtime buffet. I tried my hand at the aloo gobi and the vegetable curry. I was expecting the food to be awfully spicy but luckily it was not. I am not very experienced in Indian food but I have to say that the food did not seem fresh. The portions were quite large and the food was quite heavy. Not something I am quite used to. However, the taste was interesting.
As a vegan going on vegetarian, it is difficult to find options for food. This restaurant had several options to offer, from appetizers to main meals and desserts.
I might have to try other Indian restaurants to really decide whether I am a fan of Indian food or not.
Had the 10.95 lunch buffet, which included rice, naan, butter chicken, chicken tikka, kofti curry, vegetable curry, something with lentils, and some lettuce/tomato/dressing options. The butter chicken was delicious, with large pieces of tender chicken. Loved the chicken tikka, curry and veggies as well. Filled my plate twice, and was happy and stuffed.
Pretty quiet in the there at lunch, and the one staff member didn't seem too enthused or efficient, but I got a very big yummy lunch, which is all that really matters! Park around the corner on 4th Ave and avoid the meter charges.
I was so glad I found another great Indian restaurant near work that offered a cheap, but great tasting buffet lunch. Before long, I would start bringing different co-workers here to share my discovery. They too, were baffled by the great tasting $6.95 lunch buffet! The first few times I went, they would have these awesome samosas that were just the right spice. I would always reserve myself two with my first helping. It was just soo good. Everything else there was delicious too. They made the best butter chicken I've had. The serve you fresh naan at your table quite promptly after you've returned from your first round. Also offered in the buffet are items like aloo gobi, tandoori chicken, this curry with peas and potatoes (yumm), sweet rice pudding, gulab jamun and even have lentil soup!!
The only downfall with this place was when they stopped putting samosas in the buffet and then they started raising the prices. First, it raised to $7.95 which is still really good, but only a few months later, it raised again! To $8.95!! That's $2 within the year!! I love the food here, but since moving further away, I haven't been back.
I took the missus here for lunch the other day. I love Indian buffets in general. This one was pretty limited in selection but what they had was good. The Butter chicken was worth the 10 bucks on it's own! They ran out of samosas !!! It's not like they were THAT busy, maybe 4 tables max so how many did they make? Oh and finally only ONE dessert item
Ras malai (excuse sp) again good but limited. I wouldn't go out of my way to come here but if you’re in the area it's a decent option for lunch.
Indian Star isn't the best Indian food place that I have dined at, but it's pretty good. The curry dishes are tasty and for beverages, their beer selection is fairly good. I like their buffet menu, although Saffrons in Burnaby has more variety in their buffet. The prices are a bit higher than I would have liked, but overall, if you are craving Indian food, Indian Star is a good place to check out.
My family's favorite Indian Restaurant. We always order the butter chicken, saag aloo, chicken pakoras (best I've had), aloo tikka (tasty thin potatoes), rice and naan.
Do yourself a favor and try this gem. Not the cheapest eats, but very tasty!!! Take out gets more quantity than eat in too.
I was hoping after reading the reviews here that I would find a good Indian restaurant. I'm surprised by the number of good reviews here. The food in general was not fresh. We order beef kabobs, butter chicken, aloo tikki, & palak paneer. The only thing that was fresh was perhaps the aloo tikki (fried potato patty) and the naan. Having had quality indian meals around the globe, I have to say the food here lacked quality and flavor. The butter chicken was a huge disappointment. The chicken should be tandoored (in a clay oven) and then cooked in curry sauce. The saag (palak paneer) in general was not up to par. And the beef kabob? Let's put it this way, I suspect it was pre-cooked and then cooked on a hot plate. It was just OK. If you are looking for good indian cuisine, look elsewhere in Vancouver or Surrey.
I've been to other Indian restaurants where the food is blant and the naan is dry. But not this place. I've tried the buffet and the a la carte, they are both nice. The buffet is $9.95 and is available Mon-Fri during lunch. The selection is limited but the constant stream of naan and butter chicken was enough to satisfy me. Price and portion for the a la carte were reasonable. I suggest the chicken korma and the butter chicken. the curry is also quite nice. they also have a dinner combo that comes with chicken curry, tandori chicken, lamb kabobs, rice, and naan and all for $17. Very good value for dinner for 2. The service is fair, it's not a 5 star restaurant but at least the servers are polite and friendly. They need to work on the ambience though. Wouldn't go there for a romantic dinner. The music is also annoying at times. But overall, very good indian food and will definitely be a repeat customer. keep up the good work.
Dined in a few times and enjoyed the Butter Chicken. Decent food and the portions are quite large. Comes with rice included in the cost.
Called to order delivery ("Free delivery" stamped all over their take out menu) and found out that when ordering delivery, rice does not come with the curry. So much for "free delivery" - complete sham.
Menu also says they close at 10pm on weekdays; I called 15 minutes ago (9:30pm) and was rudely told that "we're closing now" and they would not take my order. Not impressed, and will not be going back.
Ordered takeout for lunch. Some difficulties ordering over phone but order was correct when I picked it up. Had the Chicken Vindaloo and Lamb Makhani. Much preferred the lamb. Fairly tender and tasty. Overall, a okay lunch. Been there for their inexpensive lunch buffet before and that is very good value for the money...
Have eaten here several times, both dine-in (dinner) and take-out.
The food is very high quality - nice lean meat, rich sauces. Very flavourful, lots of depth. The ambience is nothing special, but the food more than makes up for it.
Service is somewhat "minimalist", we were mostly left alone, but never felt ignored. Lots of choices on the menu, and the prices were very reasonable considering the great quality of the food.
I have been to Indian star a lot of times, since it's the only Indian restaurant near my house, but lately after trying more that half of their menu, I feel that they don't have a lot of variety to offer. Most of the curries taste the same, they have like 2-3 signature curries that that use for most of their dishes. Also they use a lot of butter & cream, which makes the food very heavy on the stomach. I like their chicken/lamb biryani.
The lunch buffet has become quite expensive I think, it used to be $8.95 but they jumped it to $10.95, considering the range of dishes they serve even $8.95 was a strech, compared to food places on fraser or main street!
I've only been to Indian Star a few times. I always try for the buffet, but manage to miss it.
The food is very good. At some Indian restaurants, the food is somewhat boring, without any real distinctive flavours, except maybe just a general hotness to compensate for a lack of ability to prepare tasty food. Not so with Indian Star. Everything I've had at this restaurant has been very nice, with good flavour.
I just wish they would have an evening buffet. If they had that, I'd give it an overall 4 rating, instead of a 3. But it's a good place to go for lunch, if you have time, and are in the area when the buffet is on, which I usually am not.
The food is great, the portions are larger than usual Indian restaurants. The owner does all the cooking so food is always good and consistent. The buffet is comparitively expensive to other Indian places. I would recommend ordering from the menu.