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West Lane, Ullapool, Scotland
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: New owners, previously called Jasmin Tandoori.

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  • 19
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Exterior very misleading...

We tried the Essence of India as curry is a favourite of both OH and nephew, despite the reviews here. We were very glad we did. Yes the decor is tired, and the service perfunctory, but the food was delicious. Rarely for an Indian meal, we scraped the dishes clean!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2014
Helen L
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Ullapool, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Took my family here for a meal on a Thursday night and it was great. It was quiet because it was winter. However, we were very well looked after and had excellent service (as usual). The restaurant has recently had new flooring down plus a general update and it looks much better. The food (most importantly) was truly excellent. I... More 

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Ullapool, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Read some of the less favourable reviews but decided to take a chance. They might have had a change in management or got a different chef. The chap who took my takeaway order was friendly, no complaints there and the food arrived much faster than I expected. Suspiciously fast. I ordered chicken vindaloo with pilau rice and asked for the... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Ate here 13 years ago and had a good meal. Tried tonight and it was closed. Said due to refurbishment, but nothing happening inside, just left set up as it was. Locals say it has been closed for @ 1 month with no sign of activity. Heard sister restaurant had some issues, so this may be why. Anyway do not... More 

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Travelled to Ullapool recently with my boyfriend, we set up camp in the campsite right next to the I Indian. After we'd set up it was just before eleven at night, so we weren't sure if anything was open to have dinner. We walked up to the Indian and it was signposted that it shut at twelve, which was surprising... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We tried the Essence of India as curry is a favourite of both OH and nephew, despite the reviews here. We were very glad we did. Yes the decor is tired, and the service perfunctory, but the food was delicious. Rarely for an Indian meal, we scraped the dishes clean!

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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Never been to a restaurant so unwelcoming before. They acted like I was a hassle because I was alone. Then tried to make me order more food than I would have been able to eat in order to cover a minimum payment to eat in, the restaurant wasn't even half full! Finally I just asked for my original order to... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We spent two wonderful nights in this beautiful little fishing village on the northwest coast of Scotland. Not only was it a working port, but the tourist trade was lively and robust, which created a bit of a problem when we looked for dinner arrangements each night. The two establishments recommended by our tour agent were booked solid and they... More 

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Glasogw
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We gave this place a go even though the reviews weren't that great. Glad we did, it was a Sunday night and the place was empty. Staff were pleasant and friendly enough. Menu has plenty of choices. We ordered some drinks and then ordered our food, no starters, just straight to the main courses. The food did take a while... More 

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Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

Went there for a change in our menu and enjoyed some great Indian food. Due to many take away customers we had to wait quite a while to get our dishes. The location is nothing special, but you get a nice meal along with an unspectacular service. If you have the possibility: Use the take away and all is fine!

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Ullapool, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Took friends who were visiting Ullapool for a meal on Saturday, warmly greated by Mohamed and his assistant. The food as always outstanding and the Nan breads exceptional. Our friends throughly enjoyed themselves and said it was the best Indian they had every had! Praise indeed! Thank you for another lovely experience and see you again soon.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: West Lane, Ullapool, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Ullapool

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian

Description

New owners, previously called Jasmin Tandoori.

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