Restaurant Review Roulette: Sitar Indian Cuisine

Boy, Greg Cox is making it tough on me.  This week’s review is of Durham’s Sitar Indian Cuisine (formerly known as Sitar India Palace, as evidenced by its web address).  This is not a new restaurant, as Cox previously reviewed it in 1998.  If you look up that old review on, it appears that Sitar only received one star.  I question that rating, simply because that mini-review named Sitar as the best Indian restaurant in the Triangle at that time.

What is new about Sitar appears to be its location.  My research on Chowhound and other places indicate that Sitar has moved to a bigger and nicer location, which, I suspect, helped lead to this updated review.

Of all the cuisines in the Triangle, I might be least knowledgeable with Indian food.  I know, I know, there’s so many different variations of Indian food, where even slight changes in location result in major changes of cuisine.  But I don’t know it that well.  Moreover, I’ve never been to Sitar.  Online discussions seem to place it in the fair to good category, and it’s pretty clear that the community no longer believes Sitar to be the best Indian in the area.

I suspect this is a clear case of a 3 star review.

So here are this week’s odds:

5 stars — 123,456,789 to 1

4.5 stars – 1,000 to 1

4 stars — 15 to 1

3.5 stars — 5 to 1

3 stars — 3 to 2

2.5 stars —  3 to 1

2 stars — 4 to 1

1.5 stars — 12 to 1

1 star — 25 to 1

And what do you think of Sitar?  How many stars would you give it?  How many stars do you think Greg Cox will give Sitar?


(Edit — May 7, 2010) Greg Cox gave Sitar 3.5 stars.  Hell, he even recommended the buffet!


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