Posted 3rd May 2010
Updated October 2013: Sitara has now closed and a new Indian restaurant, Rupsha, has opened in its place. Read our review of the new Rupsha here.
I’ll hold my hands up and admit it, I’ve always been somewhat of a curry house hussy, with no real loyalty to any one Indian takeaway – or that was the case until I found Sitara.
Situated at the bottom of Regent Street in Clifton, Sitara is somewhat overshadowed by it’s more glamorous and fashionable neighbour the Thali Cafe. Appearances can be deceiving however as this modest looking Indian serves some of the best curry I’ve had in Bristol.
The restaurant area in Sitara is basic and there is certainly room for improvement here where budget-looking furnishings, wobbly tables and cheap decor means the ambience is somewhat lacking. Your surrounds melt away however once food has been served as food quality here is extremely high and the chef’s specials truly are, something special, original, unique and full of flavour.
I’ve tasted a number of dishes from Sitara Tandoori’s menu, each has been excellent and surpassed all expectations. My favourite is chef’s special, chicken magoa, a medium hot mango dish cooked in a thick sauce. My boyfriend’s favourite is the chicken saag which is cooked with spinach.
Takeaway service here is first-rate; free delivery within a 5 mile radius and 20% discount on menu prices. In addition to all of this, Sitara is one of the few places where you can go for halal cuisine in Bristol, something pretty rare for Indian restaurants but definitely sought after.
Verdict: Good quality and reliable food at a reasonable price. Perfect when in need of a curry fix!
Sitara Tandoori has closed and is now Rupsha
3a Regent Street, Clifton Village, BS8 4HW