Sitar Indian Cuisine
729 20th Street South at University Boulevard
Birmingham, AL 35233
I’m not the best at reviewing Indian buffets mostly since I don’t remember what is what and what is the name of what, so this entry will be short and sweet. Plus, I was here with colleagues so jotting down notes and such would be awkward.
Anyway, I’ve heard a lot of Sitar’s famous lunch buffet (website says they have it seven days a week), and I of course jumped at the chance to go one Friday afternoon. Sitar apparently is a regional chain; the business card I snagged lists locations in Louisville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Huntsville, and Nashville. Haha, I just noticed that Birmingham and Chattanooga are the only non-villes in the bunch.
I was worried we wouldn’t be able to be seated, but Sitar has a roomy space, and I was anxious for naught. We were seated by a television which was broadcasting the weather forecast; a big storm was predicted for later, and folks were on edge. [Spoiler: it was all overblown.]
I’m looking at the menu on the website, but I’m not sure what this bread was, but a personal standout for me was this deep-fried and donut-like-but-not-sweet bread. Mmm, fried bread. I really liked everything I ate. As with buffets, I was sad that I only got to eat a little of everything because I wanted to make sure I could try all of the dishes. There are lots of options, sure to please veggies and non-veggies alike. Sitar tones down the spice level for the buffet, but the dinner is supposed to be no-holds-barred; order spicy if you’d like.
Yay, dessert! I delighted in some mango pudding with chunks of pineapple, as well as kheer. If you like gulab jamun, the balls were up for grabs as well. I dipped some of my mysterious fried bread into the mango, delish! Hmm, I find it curious that I can remember the dessert names but nothing else. That’s the sweet tooth talking!
The server and host were fine…plates cleared promptly, water filled periodically, smiling cashier. That’s pretty much all you need with a buffet. Two Birmingham Indian restaurants down, a few more to check out. Good work, Sitar.