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Indian Essence

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Indian, Asian, Balti, Eastern European, Bangladeshi, Halal
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150-152 Ocean Road, South Shields NE33 2JF, England
+44 191 496 7777
17:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

considering i'm approaching my 60th year and having been hooked on indian cuisine for the past 40yrs i like to consider myself a bit of a connoisseur so i have no qualms in recommending "indian essence" .the food is outstanding in both quality and quantity and one component that is often sadly lacking in others is the consistency , it... More 

Thank joonyw
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Came here tonight for the second time this year after a night at the pictures and once again we were not disappointed. The staff are so friendly and make you feel welcome. The food is so tasty and colourful and of a very nice quality. They definitely don't hide behind posh decor like some of the others do. Really impressed... More 

Thank Lynsey R
London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

We had the two course set lunch, which was excellent value for money. The food was of course hot, delicious and substantial. Waiter service was friendly, polite and efficient. There was no background music but that was a bonus. I would certainly return for lunch in the near future. A really good restaurant.

Thank Geoff M
South Shields, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Food is always amazing and service is very attentive by lovely friendly staff. Will definitely be back!

Thank amynicholls96
South Shields, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

have popped in a few times now late night during the week. you sometimes get a frosty welcome at some on ocean road (radhuni & zeera) but in here they always have a smile on their faces even @ 11 at night! food was spot on ranging in our group from really hot curries down to bhunas. never had a... More 

Thank boxUk
South Shields, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

Visited this restaurant with friends, our starters were OK but the mains were very bland. One waiter was quite rude when he brought out the wrong main meal. He told me that I had definitely ordered it, to which I replied I definitely did not. He wasn't happy about having to replace it. When we left he apologised but it... More 

Thank Rozzii40
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

Hi , We went by chance to this restaurant,it did have an offer on,I think competition on ocean rd is very strong,they are all after same business, Avoid this restaurant,( they would nt eat their own food ) the portions are ok, The food has lots of colourings ( too much ) the quality is terrible,we have been to some... More 

Thank james m
county durham
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

Just returned for a visit after a while away. It is a 40 mile round trip for us but happy to say the journey was well worth it. Our time away has been spent visiting restaurants closer to home but the journey is well worth it to get what Indian Essence has to offer. Friendly staff and great food I... More 

Thank devilish1190
south shields
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

Off the cuff first time visit to this restaurant last Friday night (26/2/16), got a lovely welcome from staff, made to feel comfortable and welcome, it was a good experience all round the staff, meal and drinks were all great I would definitely recommend this place I will be going back.

Thank miksmoov
Hexham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016 via mobile

Nice friendly staff here , really pleasant . Curry was first class also, if you like a good vindaloo check this place out perfectly spiced well done chef, will be back.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Indian, Asian, Balti, Eastern European, Bangladeshi, Halal
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Full Bar, Delivery, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 150-152 Ocean Road, South Shields NE33 2JF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Tyne and Wear  >  South Shields
  • Phone Number: +44 191 496 7777

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