We went to Indian Essence on Saturday to celebrate my Birthday - a party of 6 of us arrived at 7.30 and were shown straight to our table and offered drinks - pleased to see there were mocktails on the menu as well as standard cocktails - I had the Masala Mary which was delicious. We ordered papadoms which come with 3 little pots or relishes which are far better than your nomal mango chutney, lime pickle etc. We all had starters ranging from Scallops (perfection!), Squid which was the tenderest I have ever had, to Soft shell crab which was equally good. We all ordered different main courses with a variety of accompaniments - the chick peas being outstanding as a side order, Goat Curry was superb as was the Lamb - there wasnt a single disappointing item on the table - even the rice which i find boring at the best of times was fluffy and fragrant. Desserts - now you're talking - I had Peanut Butter Parfait with Sugarcane Ice Cream and it was divine - the cheesecake was also very good. I want to go back for the dessert that alone. We all had coffees/teas/liqueur coffees and in all had a superb meal. The service was very good - attentive but not too in your face. The restaurant is a little cramped from a service point of view as the staff bring out large round trays with the stands to put them on, but that is more a problem for the staff than the customer.
Yes the meal is a lot more expensive than your usual curry house, but it is far from your usual curry house so well worth it. In all a very good meal and we are certainly going back for the next birthday occassion.
I can see that some other people had bad experiences on the same night we were in and I of course cannot speak for them, but we didnt experience any of the delays, poor service etc and had a thoroughly enjoyable and pleasant evening so dont be put off.
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