We live in Whistler, travel frequently, and probably eat dinner in restaurants 75-100 times a year. Essence of India is the best value we have found in BC, and one of our top 10 BC restaurants in terms of food quality - at one-third the price you'd pay for a good restaurant meal in Whistler! They are located in a strip mall two minutes off Highway 99 just behind a shopping mall at the north end of Squamish. There are only half a dozen tables, but you can usually get a spot, as much of their business is take-out. The chef and his wife are the owners, and they are very nice people who take pride and delight in the enjoyment of their customers. Often we go with friends, so we can order several dishes and mix and match. Ask for a small dish of hot peppers to accommodate different preferences for spiciness. Essence of India is definitely worth a stop. We plan our trips south so that we're in Squamish at dinnertime.
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