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Sitar Indian Restaurant

8 Powell St.
Vancouver, BC V6A1E7
Tel: (604) 687-0049
Neighbourhood: Central

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Went back after 5 years and noticed it is going downhill
By scarlet of Delta (25 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 10:00am [Dine in]

The food is going downhill, we ordered palak paneer and shahi paneer with potato onion naan and rice. The rice was really good. The shahi paneer was alright and the palak paneer was bland no flavour at all. Also, the portions have gotten smaller. The prices for naan are sky-high over $3 for one potato naan is ridiculous. I left disappointed, left a tip because the service was good but the food wasn't.

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Best Indian Downtown
By 8pure of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 12:43am [Dine in]

We enjoyed many meals here. The restaurant has a nice old world feel. Great location right on Powell.
The service is great with lots of smiles. Food is pretty good. I haven't tasted outstanding indian food yet...so solid is a pretty good review from me.

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Worth trying
By yonny of Kitsilano (26 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

We chose to dine at Sitar earlier tonight given the lack of adequate Indian restaurants in the Entertainment Book. Sitar is probably one of the very few Indian restaurants in the Entertainment Book that are in business and does not suck.

We ordered Chicken Spinach and Butter Chicken. Chicken Spinach was ok, but not memorable (the missus felt it needed more salt). Butter Chicken, on the other hand, was very good. The sauce was very creamy and super delicious and full of flavour. There was a good amount of chicken pieces in both dishes and the chicken pieces were big (but not too big). The rice plates should really come with more rice.

Unlike the other reviews for this restaurant, We felt that the service was fine. We were seated promptly. They filled our water frequently and our food came within a reasonable timeframe. Of course, we also realize that service varies depending on the meal and the day.

We would come back here with a coupon. It's hard finding a decent, affordable indian place. Note: the missus is having major gas problem right now. She thinks it is from the Indian food. Might be made worse by the fact that it is TTOTM.

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Yummy!
By drib of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 7, 2008 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

I went here for dinner with a few friends. The food was fantastic! The service was not great, but the food made up for it! The naan bread was delicious. I ordered a lamb curry which was wonderful. So much flavour. The layout of the restaurant is slightly awkward but nothing too serious. The wine is not too expensive, which I love! I definately want to come back!

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Great experience time and time again
By kiki09 of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 11:19pm [Dine in]

I've been here a few times over the past year or so and i have really enjoyed the service and food everytime. The food is always cooked to perfection; not too spicy and not too oily. The chicken Tikka Masala is among the best I have ever tasted. The service has always been great and the waiters are very attentive with constant refills of water - important for spicy Indian food. Having eaten at many other Indian restaurants in Vancouver I highly recommend this place to anyone who enjoys Indian food. And another plus is that it is very reasonably priced; meals are only $10-$15 per person.

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Okay
By sydney2006 of vancouver downtown (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 23, 2006 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

I found this place just okay. The service is a bit snobby, maybe because we aren't East Indian? I ordered the curry with Indian cheese and peas (I forget the name) but for the price I thought it was just average. The plus is they bring you this delicious bread before your meal. So good. I might return here.

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A good experience - would definitely return
By foodasaurus of Gastown, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 2:59am [Dine in]

After reading reviews on here, I went to this restaurant apprehensively, expecting terrible service. I was pleasantly surprised by the excellent service. We were greeted with smiles and immediately welcomed in. There were two or three other tables already occupied (Saturday night around 7:30pm). We were shown to a nice window table. The atmosphere is typical of an Indian restaurant. Not dusty or any darker than a normal restaurant. We received great service all evening. Prompt. Smiling. Welcoming. Not sneering at our 2 for 1 meal coupon (the main reason we came). Excellent. We ordered the prawns and the butter chicken. They tasted good. We would definitely return.

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Good Food, Bad Service
By foodie604 of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 30, 2008 - 8:03pm [Dine in]

I have been coming to Sitar on and off for quite a few years now. I go back for the food and not the service! I always brace myself for grumpy, indifferent waiters. Once in awhile the service is good and I am always surprised! But the last visit has made me rethink my patronage.
I saw a dead cockroach in the ladies bathroom, and when the waiter brought our dinner plates to the table he picked a crusty bit off the plate! Why not just go get a clean plate? But I noticed that the side plates on the table had some crusty bits on them as well. So I was willing to overlook the bad service, in exchange for yummy butter chicken. But I can't get over cockroaches and someone standing next to me and picking dried food off a plate I am suppose to eat from! Oh well, there are lots of other Indian restaurants in town.

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Not recommended to visit this restaurant
By Yasawa of Vancouver, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 28, 2008 - 12:33am [Dine in]

Extremly poor service and the quality of food is not worth the money. We waited a good 7-8 minutes before we were shown a table. There is only one waiter and he walked past us several times without even any greetings. Quality and portions of food are no where near other Esst Indian restaurants. We often travel around and dine mostly at East Indian restaurants and they are usually nice and food is usually great but this particular one must lie to the bottom of the list. Would never recommend anyone to this place nor will we ever return. I am surprised they are even open for business.

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Very poort service, forced gratuity
By googled of New York, NY (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 27, 2008 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

Right from the time we walked in, the service was extremely poor. They gave us a small table in the dark back though good tables near the window were available.

The guys don't even care to fill up your glasses with water. They never cared to ask for drinks or dessert.

The manager himself took away one dish that we had hardly started! When we requested the dish be brought back, they showed obvious dislike on their faces.

It took them so long to even look at us, that we had to walk out without getting any desserts.

They forced gratuity from us and wrote the amount by hand on the printed bill. We didn't want any rows so paid up and left.

By the way, it was very clear that they don't like "colored" people at all. So do not go if you are not white and if you're not planning to order more dishes than can fit the small tables.

The last place I'd go back would be the loust Sitar Indian Restaurant, Vancouver, B.C. Canada.

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Disappointing
By jingjing67 of San Francisco, CA (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, June 3, 2007 - 10:59am [Dine in]

We were in Vancouver and chose to look up Indian restaurant for a Sunday evening. Unfortunately our first two choices for restaurants were closed and we ended up in Sitar. The service was snobbish and disappointing, my initial take was it was because we were an Indian family with kids and we might have not fitted their usual clientele. The crowd there seemed to be largely white couples. But looking at other reviews on this site it seemed to be consistently bad. The waiter would not come to the table even though it was hardly 25% full and even when he arrived; everything from water to bill had to be requested multiple times before we got it. Everything was basically handed over to us rather than set down as you would expect in a sit down restaurant. The place looked like it might have had a good ambience once upon a time but has fallen into a less than average place over time. The only saving grace was that the food seemed to be freshly prepared with the right amount of spice as was ordered. We contemplated not even tipping the waiter but ended up putting in a token amount. I would strongly recommend avoiding this restaurant if you have a choice.

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Extremely bad service & over priced
By desi of usa (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 1, 2007 - 11:57am [Dine in]

Each dish is double the price of what you get elsewhere. And the service is so bad that we were considering walking out of this place. Snobbish waiter passed us the dinner plates in our hand, would not even lay it down on the table himself. No water on the table till we asked twice. Very bad and rude when we ordered.
stay away from this place if you can.

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Valentines Dinner to forget
By Lorna-Jean of Kerrisdale,Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 1:57pm [Dine in]

This is one of the worst Indian restaruants I have ever been in. From the beginning, I admit I hesitated in immediatly going into the restaurant, when I saw only one other couple. It was 6:20pm and all the restaurants in the immediate area of this reastaurant in Gastown were absolutly full , and we had tickets for a show at 8:00 pm so reluctanly we went in . I can assure you that had I the insight I do now I would turn around and leave and go to McDonalds. In fact I told my husband that I think I will wait to go back to London some year before I ever try Indian food again.
Both of us ordered something that looked exactly the same ,although one was lamb and the other dish was a vegetarian. They both looked like diarrhea and they both tasted the same except one had some chuncks . The first plate that was served to us was a plate of cripy rice that looked and tasted just like yesterdays rice pot scrapings . We were tossed a basket of some crispy flat things that the waither served at the same time as Naan bread. We did get our beer first but it would have been nice to have had something to eat along with it. The waiter was so uninterested in providing us at least the mimimal of service I can only say he hates his lob and should find another. Although it was Valentines Day there was no reference to the event in any way, not even a single fresh flower. The food was expensive for what we got. The owners/managers must just kill them selves laughing every night after ripping off people for the poor quality ,disinterest and horrible atmosphere they provide to their customers. I will lnever ever go there again . Just the thought gives me the heaves.

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A Great Lunch
By Pacwest of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 31, 2008 - 5:11pm [Dine in]

The three of us, two men, and a woman, were looking for a relaxing restaurant in Gastown to have lunch, when Sitar was recommended for its food and quiet atmosphere. Not being one enamored with Indo cusine, I relunctantly went along. The food, chicken curry was excellent, the service was first class and I particularly enjoyed the quiet atmosphere. Reasonably priced ($49.00 for the three of us, I will definitely be going back in the near future

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