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Essence Of India

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

The outside and the decor inside is not the most appealing however very good food and great staff make up for this. Place was very busy and all went well with meal.

Thank RichtAberdeenshire
Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

To be honest, there are few restaurants to eat after 9pm in Ullapool so Indian it was. Right next to a caravan site away from the front. Looks nothing from the outside but food was very good and service was excellent. Would recommend!

Thank Dave T
Paris, France
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6 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It looks like a standard North Indian joint, but the cook puts a pound of sugar in every main dish ! Never ate a tikka masala tasting that strange (and of such a bright red colour !). The waiter is particularly unpleasant.

Thank ArnaudParienty
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great food, great cold bottled Cobra Decors a bit bland but did its job. Staff friendly enough but don't seem to be able to smile. Warning the Madras and Jalfrezi are as said on the menu HOT.

Thank RearGunner1275
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70 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My self and my partner visited in late July during a short trip to Ullapool and have to say the food was absolutely gorgeous. Plenty of food supplied for each course and very reasonable prices.

Thank graemeb69
Stirling, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was tasteless, service slow (we waited about an hour from the time we ordered) and surly. Won't be going back.

Thank Glenchirrup
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Bland flat dull. Staff boring no welcome or enthusiasm. The Staffs children were screaming. Juice flat. Food tasteless. And non spicy!!! The tikka masala tasted like butter chicken!? Not recommended.

Thank amber w
Livingston, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In our party of 8 there was not one of us who enjoyed our meal. The staff were deadpan faced and the food was greasy. There was the smell of stale oil and burning from the kitchen. One dish was described as "just horrible". Some of us had eaten there in previous years but never will again. The restaurant does... More 

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Gurgaon, Haryana, India
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Staff is rude and highly indifferent. They are not friendly, they get want to get it over with. And I'm not even talking about the food here. The food isn't that great. Horrible experience, and not once but on two different days. Is there a minus rating on TripAdvisor?

Thank MeghnaKaushik
Perth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't expect any kind of welcome! Two servers deadpan faces and no chat whatsoever. Saving grace was the food quality! Ann R

Thank AnnR1955

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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, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, 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?