By Lily Smith | Echo
Have a craving for curry?
Sitara Indian Cuisine in Muncie offers a variety of delicious, authentic Indian food. Inconspicuous from the outside and located in a small strip mall, this underdog restaurant offers a delectable and affordable option for students to try an exquisite tasting of Indian cuisine.
The restaurant is elegantly decorated, with the option of a booth or table. There are colorful silk streamers strung from the ceiling that accompany the flavorful scents that float throughout the room. The restaurant is darkly lit, with ambient lighting creating a comfortable and romantic environment, perfect for a get-together with friends or a special dinner date.
When seated, guests are served with crispy, seasoned lentil chips and a cilantro-mint dip, as well as a dip made from tamarind, a fruit with an odd but ambrosial taste. The experience is reminiscent of chips and salsa at a Mexican restaurant, but even more scrumptious.
The menu presents a variety of authentic Indian foods, from the popular Butter Chicken to Fish Moli, which is salmon cooked in a coconut and tomato sauce. There is also a multitude of options that cater to vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free diets. The restaurant's extensive menu, including delicious Indian teas and desserts, guarantees an option for everyone.
The entrees are fairly large and can range from $9.99 -18.99. Splitting an entree and a basket of naan bread with a friend would be a perfect way to bring the cost down to fit a college student's budget and to fill a college student's stomach. A bottomless cup of authentic chai also only costs $1.99 and it is the perfect drink to accompany the flavorful food offered at Sitara Indian Cuisine.
Sitara Indian Cuisine is located at 1606 West McGalliard Road, Muncie, Indiana. It is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday - Sunday and for dinner 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday and Sunday. It is also open 5:00 - 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Overall Pros: This restaurant offers delicious, authentic Indian food for reasonable prices. The atmosphere is perfect for a fancy dinner date, or post-church lunch. The menu provides options for people of various allergies and diets.
Overall Cons: It is about 30 minutes from Taylor's campus, which makes it harder to get to if you aren't already in the Muncie area. The food is on the pricier side, but when shared with a friend, it can be affordable.