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Essence Of India

Indian, Asian, Balti
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West Lane, Ullapool, Scotland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the only Indian for miles around so if you are in the area for a while it's your only option. The curries are exceptionally greasy but edible, if I needed a curry fix I would go again.

Thank Ross_Eld
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited one night for dinner. Food was good but partners pathia was way more hotter that she, or I have ever had before. Other than that everything else was good. As others have said....cash sales only

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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33 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The menu has a good choice. There are not so many options for eating in Ullapool and this one is a good one. The dishes were tasty. The one of my wife was not spicy enough and they fixed it. Only the service was a bit slow with only one person serving all the tables.

Thank phaguena
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103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A walking trip to Scotland is not complete without an Indian meal. This one offered a walk in option on a Saturday evening when all other restaurants were very busy. Meals were good, Cobra beer cold and service attentive. Jalfrezi was perhaps overly hot, but the rest was as you'd expect and very filling.

Thank daloughlin
Boston, United Kingdom
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here one dismal evening, a pretty typical Indian restaurant with speedy service & vast choice. We all enjoyed our food & if you're in Ullapool & fancy this style of food you won't be disappointed.

Thank Bizzielizzie13
Forfar, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to Essence of India early on Monday evening, alone because my travelling companion wasn't feeling very well. I walked in and was approached by this stone faced guy. I asked for a table for one. Well he stood and stared at the four empty tables which were all set for four covers. I could see that he was... More 

Thank Gordon M
Singapore, Singapore
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57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There was a bunch of us who visited and the restaurant was reasonably busy with patrons. A quick word of warning, this a cash only restaurant so do come prepared. It doesn't look fantastic on the outside and perhaps the inside does need a change of decor (the reason I down rated it), but the service and the food does... More 

Thank David M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My Husband and I visited Ullapool at the beginning of June (just back!) - This Indian Restaurant was amazing. The food was ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL, service was EXCELLENT - everything was 'extremely good quality'. Doesn't look much from the outside, but trust me 'never judge a book by its cover' - it hides a hidden GEM! It's a long way for... More 

Thank Beth K
Haifa, Israel
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16 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

My wife and I ate dinner here on a Sunday evening after a day of touring. The restaurant was empty when we arrived at 7 PM. The food was OK, not great. We have eaten at much better Indian food at other restaurants. The service was good. There was no atmosphere of which to speak. It was expensive and cash... More 

Thank David K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Both food & service are excellent in this fine Indian/Bengali restaurant. It is also fully accessible for people like myself with mobility problems (I have MS & use a Rollator or sticks). The Chef does like his green chillies. The menu is very broad & caters for all tastes. Highly recommended.

Thank paul h

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Indian, Asian, Balti
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: West Lane, Ullapool, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Scottish Highlands  >  Ullapool
  • Phone Number: 01854613331
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?