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Essence Of India

$$ - $$$
Indian, Asian, Balti
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West Lane, Ullapool, Scotland
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Paisley, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 4 weeks ago 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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119 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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196 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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128 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

Thank kirsty s
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

We hadn't thought of eating Indian when in Ullapool but everywhere was full on the day we were looking for somewhere to eat. It doesn't look anything from the outside but inside was clean and comfortable and food was good. Portion sizes were just right. The only negative is they don't take card which is a bit of a pain.

Thank MUALanarkshire

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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
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?