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Star of India « What We’re Eating – A Food & Recipe Blog
Vegetable Jalfrazie

Star of India

Eater rating: 3.1 / 5  3.1094766666667
Today we ate at the Star of India. We had chicken tikka masala, vegetable jalfrazie, garlic naan, and chile naan. The curries were accompanied by basmati rice.

Garlic Naan
Garlic Naan
A: Well after that blog yesterday (you know, the one that was supposed to be about pizza but turned into us salivating over indian food?) we wound up at the Star of India for lunch today! MMM MMM MMM
T: I know, go figure. I agree. MMm mmm mmm. I love that stuff. Damn I love that stuff.
A: No joke. I really do think i could eat indian food nearly every single day and be quite happy. perhaps we should move to india??
T: Right, well, ummm. So, about that… uhh.. not too sure.
A: i don’t see why not? you could have a fine job.. you are a computer guy.. all the computer jobs are in india! it would be me who would never be able to get a job.
T: You could always open up an american food joint, eh?
A: heheheh I suppose i could.. but why in the world would i want to do that? just think of all those curries we would be eating. Lunch today was nice, although if it had just been the two of us eating I would have liked the curries to be as spicy as they would make them.. Today we got them made at an 8 level (they go 1-10). But it was still damned good. The chicken tikka masala was creamy, yet spicy, and the jalfrazie was perfectly spiced.
T: Yeah, it was terrific. What I’m so happy about is how great the menu looks, but how little we’ve tried of it. It will be months before we’ve tried everything on the menu! 🙂
A: Definately! 😀 They have such an extensive menu. It’s fantastic. This was our first time trying the chile naan – it was delightful – their perfectly cooked naan with lots of green chiles on top. Definately spicy.
T: Oh yes, very spicy. Very very spicy and very very delicious. Super happy Deluxe happy!
A: to the max, yo.
Chicken Masala
Chicken Masala
T: I’m going to give our meal today a 4.75/5. It was just great. I can’t say much bad about it. I guess it would have been cool if the chutney wasn’t a tiny bit frozen, but really that didn’t affect it. It was still killer. I’m just reaching for something to complain about, here.
A: I know what you mean. I give this meal a 4.57843/5…. what? why did i give it so many digits you ask??? because i feel like doing something arbitrary. 😛 There really isn’t anything negative about the meal we ate, I just wish we could eat it again tomorrow.
T: Wow, that many decimal points might actually cause our rating system to go haywire! 😉 just kidding, we’re using top-of-the-line space age blogging software. Shouldn’t be a problem. Although, doesn’t the term “space age” sound so 1980’s? I don’t think we’re in the space age anymore.
A: its the technological age now baby! woo hoo.. go technology.
T: Yeah, it’s the age of Web 2.0, and it’s just getting cranking! Fun stuff… although, I’m a bit afraid of MySpace. Those 14 year olds are doing some freaky crap!
A: no joke.. i think myspace should be banned. it really is WRONG what some of those kids are doing. Do i sound old? jeeze.. i’m only 25. that doesn’t seem that old to me! but….
T: Oh my god, I know you really don’t believe that it should be banned! Please say it ain’t so. I mean, sure, it’s strange to see 14 year olds talking about how much they want to have sex with each other, but… let’s see, what grade was I in… hell, by the time I was 14 my friends and I were some sick bastards too- the difference is we didn’t post it for the whole world to see!
A: true dat. i guess i don’t really think it should be banned but, jeeze. these kids really need to think about what they’re doing before the put it out there for the world to see.
T: Agreed. It’s funny, though. Some day these kids’ kids will be able to read the stupid crap their parents were talking about when they were young. (with the help of the WayBackMachine)
A: I know man… i’m sure glad we don’t say anything we would regret… uh… yeah…. :-)You notice we got off the topic of food tonight?? whoops. oh well, i imagine most people don’t actually read the whole blog anyway…
T: Yeah, I’d be interested to know how many people read the posts. I often find myself skimming sites, I’m sure plenty of others to the same. It takes some fairly interesting text for me to read everything.
A: I know. I try to give every blog i go to a chance, but if it doesn’t really capture me i will just hit the highlights (and i don’t really blame others for doing the same). I want to ask anyone who happens to still be reading this, if you know of any GOOD authentic lebanese food in San Diego? We just moved out here in January and miss it a lot. For baton rouge’s size, it has an enormous amount of greek and lebanese places. Here you see some greek places, but it’s just not the same as lebanese you know?
T: Yeah, please tell us where we can find it. Maybe Beth from Zen Foodism knows. She’s been living here much longer than we have.
A: no doubt, she’s a SD native! anyway, we’re begging… okay, maybe not begging, but we are in dire need of some good fried cheese! you know the kind i’m talking about? kind of spongy, pan fried with garlic, herbs, and spices. truly one of the best flavors in the world.
T: Damn you amanda, try to be less descriptive when you describe lebanese fried cheese! I can’t take it! 😉
A: heheheh i know. we just need to find a place around here that makes it. *sigh* one day…
T: Did somebody say chocolate?

Kwaherini mabibi na mabwana.

11 comments so far:

  1. honkman says:

    Star of India is ok for its food. I think Punjabi Tandor (small hole in the wall) (http://www.punjabitandoor.com/) delivers better food for less money. The only disadvantages is that it is more to go food.

  2. Us says:

    Thanks honkman! Tyler and I are new to San Diego and haven’t yet been to Punjabi Tandor. We’re definately gonna have to try it. If it’s indian it has to be good.

  3. Jenny says:

    We went to ranoosh in Hillcrest and I dont know how authentic it was but I loved it (apart from the rather intrusive and loud belly dancing during our quiet meal!) particularly the kibbeh. I also only remember that it is Middle Eastern, not sure which exact region.

  4. honkman says:

    ranoosh is a Lebanese restaurant.

  5. Us says:

    Awesome! thanks guys. we are definately going to have to give ranoosh a whorl. do you know if they have fried cheese???

  6. Sia says:

    There’s a whole little area full of indian food off of black mountain and miramar. I’m thinking thats where the indian people hang out. There’s even an indian market there. I also like punjabi tandoor, I agree with honkman, it is pretty much a to-go place. There’s also another place similar to punjabi tandoor. It is off the 15 N at Carmel Moutain in the Ralphs/Trader Joes plaza. It’s called Delhi Kitchen and it is also a to-go place, but it is very good.

  7. Us says:

    MMMM… this new info just means that tyler and i will happily spend all of our money eating indian food until we can shake this yummy addiction. We will definately have to try Delhi Kitchen (along with punjabi tandoor). Do you know of any good lebanese? (just to keep our options open if ranoosh doesn’t live up to our standards.

  8. Sia says:

    hmm…not sure about lebanese. but if i find a place ill let ya know

  9. honkman says:

    There are two lebanese restaurants I know in SD. Garden Grill (3715 India St) which was quite good (based on one visit). Good food for cheap prices. The second one is Mama’s Bakery & Lebanese Deli (4237 Alabama St) which I haven’t visit yet but heard good things about.

  10. Ted says:

    I love punjabi tandoor. I highly recommend the chicken makhni! This is defintly the thing to get. The lassis are also good. As far as the whole takout v. sit down, I don’t have a problem siting there. Yes, it isn’t a beautiful setting, but for their prices, who cares?

  11. Us says:

    honkman: i’m glad we have new options for lebanese. the more i researched ranoosh, the less it appealed to me. It’s suprising how much lebanese food there is in baton rouge, la (where we moved from) i think there were seriously over twenty restaurants in a 500,000 person city. we are soooo spoiled. I think we will visit Garden Grill first. 🙂

    Ted: i don’t mind a not-so-beautiful setting when the indian food is oh-so-beautifully-flavored. (as long as we can sit near a window for natural lighting for the pics, the interior doesn’t matter to me at all!)