I have been coming here for years and have always had fantastic food. I crave their tikka masala.
Our food was Excellent!
I have eaten at Indian restaurants from Memphis to Manhattan, New York to L.A. and India Star Des Moines has the best balance of flavor I have tasted. Good food takes time and this is worth the wait.
We will defenitely go back again.
After eating at 3 other Indian restaurants in Des Moines, I find myself returning to India Star most frequently where the dishes have full flavor without the excess oil that characterizes the cooking at many Indian restaurants.
The staff is quick to determine the leve of spices you prefer, and adjust the preparation accordingly. The flavor and aroma of the spices used when preparing Indian dishes are to be savored and enjoyed.
I have enjoyed my regular visits to India Star for nearly 12 years. Baba is a gentleman and an able and dedicated restaurateur. His move to the newer larger building was not without the expected growing pains and adjustments. I think he has moved past all that now and my recent dining there has been vintage India Star. The Afghans running Aryana Restaurant at his old location 3620 Beaver are also well worth checking out for another tasty ethnic treat.
Food quality is one of the best I have ever eaten in my life. Prices are less comparable to many Indian Restuarants I have been in States. You have not seen any where the cook comes and ask you hows the food, he is so confident about it every time.
Even the new place is not much of an imporvement. It definitely takes you an hour to get your food. The silverware and the glasses are not always cleans. It gives one the impression that someone used it and the kitchen staff put your food on it without washing them. The servers talk to two different tables at the same time. You will be ignored manytimes!! If you order bread with your entree, it's very likely you will get your bread after you have eaten your entree. Well, maybe India star likes to serve bread as a dessert item. By the way, you might need to stop at a fast food after you eat at India Star. The food is very less. If you have a party of 4, 3, or 2 you still get the same single mini-plate of rice of which you can only get a couple of table spoons once you have shared it with your friends. We asked the waiter to bring us some more rice and she came back in 15 minutes with the same size mini-plate half full this time!! If you really wanna waste your money and time, visit India Star!!!
I have been going to India Star regularly for the past 4 years. This restaurant recently moved into a larger building to accomodate their growing business. I will admit that on our first trip to dine at the new builsing the service was very slow, it took about an hour to get our entrees. But when the food arrived it was actually better than usual, if that is even possible. The servers are very sweet and are trying their best, so for anyone going there for the first time, please know that the food may take longer than at your chain restaurant, but it is sooo worth the wait for quality, delicious food!
I ate at this establishment 2 weeks ago after moving to Iowa from Dallas. It took nearly 30 minutes before the one waitress came to our table (she was busy taking orders on the phone and did not even fill our glass with water). When the food finally arrived at our table, it was not enough to feed even one hungry stomach, and when I immediately asked for more rice, the reply was, "sorry, the kitchen is closed" at a quarter to 9. The food itself was ok and the restaurant is a "hole in the wall" with disgusting bathrooms. I would never dine there again.
Don't let the appearance fool you. This restaurant has some of the best food in Des Moines. It's all made on the spot by the family that owns the restaurant. While it will take some time as it's usually packed on weekend nights, it's always worth the wait.
The best Indian food I've had in Des Moines so far -- and at a good price. I highly recommend trying the list of specials on the back of the menu and having at least one variety of naan (an Indian bread) with your meal. They have a few varieties of Indian beer available and mango shakes or lassi that are worth trying.
I'd caution first-time diners not to be in a hurry. I've never had to wait long for meals, but the restaurant can get busy with people waiting to pay while the staff is taking phone orders.
I live in Ames, but drive to Des Moines (~35 miles) specifically to dine at India Star! I agree that it's a hole in the wall :) but the food is absolutely fantastic. I've had lots of exposure to Indian restaurants all over the U.S., and, by comparison, this is absolutely spectacular Indian cuisine!
It looks like a hole in the wall, but seriously, the food is good. And for only about $5, you can sample quite a few dishes during the lunch buffet.
I will definitely be revisiting this place again!
This is one of the worth restaurant. They serve old food.The food was not good and i dont like the service either. i think Tandoor is Best than this restaurant.i Like Tandoor food and its much better than this Old food.
Chicken or Lamb Shahi Korma is the way to go, the sauce is amazing!
Drink a Goose Island IPA with your meal and be hella literal
Formerly located at 3620 Beaver Ave