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Essence Of India

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West Lane, Ullapool, Scotland
+44 1854 613331
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

Limited choice of restaurants in Ullapool, so decided to choose this Indian restaurant for our evening meal. We decided not to have a starter, but did have poppadoms to start. These came with 4 different sauces in very large bowls. I had chicken malaya which is basically korma with banana, along with rice. My partner had Essence of India Biryani... More 

Thank Linda M
Paisley, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

If you like a good Indian meal, AVOID this place! It looks nice in the dining area but there was only one member of staff serving all the tables. He was surly, uncommunicative and rushed you when ordering. The food was poor quality, had no flavours and tasted only of chilli. The toilets were shabby and the tiles in them... More 

Thank Vanda P
Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

This was the latest of several visits to this restaurant over recent years, and I have always found the food and service to be very good at a minimum. Comfortable and with better space at the tables than many restaurants. The menu has most of the 'standard' favourites, and a few dishes I've not had elsewhere. The only problem, if... More 

Thank Alan M
Nairn, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

I reviewed this restaurant last year after having one of the best meals i had tasted. We went back again this year and the food maybe wasn't as good because i had something different but what was different was the staff. They really need to take a smile drug or something. They should take a a step back before they... More 

Thank Colin B
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

We have been to this place and we wouldnt go there again... The two waiters seems like challenging who is more disappointed to work there. Not friendly and so bored. The two meals we have ordered were mild dishes because we didnt want to have it that spicy. It was so sweet that you couldnt eat it. After the meal... More 

Thank Schniedelmann
Argyll and Bute, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

Service initially was ok, the chap was waiting like a coiled spring to serve us and usher us to the table. Wine ok, beer ok, food, if you've not had Indian grub before it would be fine. However most of the dishes were ok, if just really, really oily. We are spoiled with our Indian restaurant back home, The Masala... More 

Thank Landroid90
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133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

Wanting to get a break from haggis and fish and chips? We were happy for a diversion and found this near our hotel. I thought pricing was a little steep for what it was. The tandoori was some of the best of out trip, however, the curry dishes were not. I would go back again for lunch but probably not... More 

Thank santonez
Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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76 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

Good service, extensive menu including dishes I haven't come across elsewhere. The food was good without being outstanding, good value for money but cash only.

Thank J S
Dundee, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

We visited on our recent holiday in Ullapool. Compared to restaurants in say larger towns/city's it not that great but its okay. The surroundings/decoration etc is very average with the usual back ground music. The food was okay but not exceptional and our coca cola drinks were flat. Staff seem nice but probably bored as there were only us and... More 

Thank David H
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

If you're in the mood for terrible service, bland surroundings, ignorant management and poor quality food, this is the place for you. We arrived at 6 to an empty miserable room. The waiting staff were uninterested and obviously bored being there. The dips for the poppadum's were watered down and tasteless. The mains were uninspiring and portions mean. Whilst finishing... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Indian, Asian, Balti, Eastern European
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: West Lane, Ullapool, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Ullapool
  • Phone Number: +44 1854 613331
New owners, previously called Jasmin Tandoori.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?