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Indian, Asian, Balti, Bangladeshi
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal
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Dinner, After-hours
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Can’t rate this place highly enough, the staff were lovely, really friendly & good fun, the food was absolutely delicious, 5 of us all had different dishes & we all really enjoyed our food, portion sizes were good & no different to any other Indian...restaurant we’ve been to. We don’t live in Redditch but would happily drive in to eat here again xMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 13 February 2024 via mobile

One of the best meals I’ve had and I love eating out! From start to finish the service, restaurant, and food were excellent. The selection was extensive all with great descriptions and the food didn’t disappoint. The Peshwari nan was delicious, so different to ones...I’ve had before trickled with honey!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 February 2024 via mobile

Not been here for a while and now I remember why! Service was a bit slow, The food itself was ok but the portion size was not worth the money, one meal wasn’t cooked properly and was taken back to be sorted which was ok...at first. Asked for the bill and we were charged for the meal to be changed, one meal wasn’t eaten so asked for it to be put in a doggy bag, we were charged for the container that it was put in!! Staff were ok but the manager’s attitude stunk!! Told me that all restaurants now charge for containers?? I will never have a meal or take away from this place againMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 29 January 2024

Never had a bad meal here , Top service and top food , one of the nicest nargis kebabs I have ever had , pashwari nans are unbelievable highly recommend , will be back soon

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 22 January 2024 via mobile

Good food as always. Well cooked, prompt service. Mixed grill is excellent. Just stop asking everyone if they want another drink every 2 minutes please. Will be back for sure as food is starting to of the show. Book ahead of a weekend.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 24 December 2023 via mobile

Ordered curry , unfortunately they gave me a portion you could put in a tea cup. Curry also cold when served along with others in my party. Perhaps they kind of think , these people are drunk and wouldn’t realise , REALLY get a grip...and serve your customers good honest food that is HOT . Terrible experience will never use again.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 21 November 2023

Last Frid, 17th Nov was my husbands birthday so my daughter booked a meal at Essence for 9 of us including my granddaughters 2 year old. I ordered a chicken balti. It was so hot that I had to add the yoghurt dip to it...to cool it down but I was unable to eat hardly any sauce. I also noticed that one piece of chicken tasted different to the rest. Not unedible but obviously precooked. After a while my little great grandson started to get miserable because he was getting tired so his parents decided to ask for the food to be put in containers so that they could take him home. The attitude of the waiter at this request was disgusting. Very rude, he said it was a lot of food to put into containers!!What would he prefer--that they stay with a tired, miserable child annoying the rest of their customers or just getting on with packing the food up for them. When they arrived home they discovered that only part of the meal was there?We had gone out to have a nice meal celebrating my husbands birthday and it had been ruined by the waiters attitude.We hadn't been home long before I was violently sick. Needless to say we won't be returning to essence. I think the chef needs to learn the difference between a vindaloo and a balti and that the waiter concerned needs to learn some manners !!!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 5 November 2023 via mobile

Absolutely outstanding from the minute we arrived. Very friendly staff who couldn't do enough for you. There were seven of us and we all had something different to eat. Every single dish was amazing and we'll presented, I tried a salmon dish for the first...time as I wanted to try something different and I wasn't disappointed it was amazing. This will be our Indian Restaurant of choice from now on. Highly recommended!!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 26 August 2023 via mobile

The food was very good and the restaurant is clean and modern. The staff weren’t great though. They were either moody or over friendly (e.g saying they were going to get us drunk). I know some people like a bit of banter with their curry...but to be honest I’d rather just have polite, professional service.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 15 August 2023 via mobile

Food was very nice. Unfortunately the prices in the drinks menu do not reflect what you are actually charged on the bill. When questioned the manager shrugged his shoulders and said what do you wanna do. I replied pay the advertised price. He wasn't happy....In hindsight I wish I had asked for the menu to check those prices as well. We shan't be returningMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 29 July 2023

Excellent dining experience. The menu offers lots of slightly uusual variations as well as the usuals. The vegetarian stuffed pepper, for example, was delicious and the peshwari nan was the best I have ever eaten. Meat eaters and veggies all enjoyed the meal very much....It is very smart and attractive in decor and the staff are friendly and helpful. Undoubtedly the best " Indian" meal I have had in years..More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 10 June 2023

As mature adults over 50yrs, we dont often have a meal at Essence. We earn good money. but when we leave, we always leave a £5 tip. We were appalled by the owners disbelief and his attitude relayed back to us insisting that the nan...bread did arrive on our table. His staff and chef said it arrived on a silver tray which they cleared away. We pointed out that popodums and sauces were served on the silver tray and we didn't receive the nan bread. He slammed our chocolates on the table, then said he will remove the price of the nan (£3.50) from the bill and check the CCTV. We were shocked over the incident. My partner reply as we left saying if the CCTV shows that the nan bread was served at our table, he will pay all the staff's wages. I have left a more detailed review on Google. We will never return.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 24 April 2023

The food was amazing. The guys who served our table were lovely and friendly. Sadly the manager is arrogant and rude. He was worse than the after-effects of a vindaloo and 12 pints. It's a shame as I don't think I can eat from hear...again.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 15 April 2023 via mobile

Came here with a friend for a curry & naan. Nice restaurant with a pretty extensive menu, it’s a shame nobody seems to do Dal Makhani over here as that’s probably the main vegetarian curry dish in New Zealand. I opted for the Tarka Dal...instead which was very pleasant, a good portion size although you have to order the rice separately. My rice was quite hard and clumpy, other than that everything else was very good. The poppadom’s had some beautiful accompaniments and the naan was delicious. Staff were friendly and attentive, thanks for a great mealMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 4 April 2023 via mobile

Had a lovely meal here with 2 pals on a Monday night. Food was very tasty. Rice portions are pretty small so not enough for two to share. Toilets very clean. We shall be back.

Date of visit: April 2023
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ESSENCE OF BENGAL, Redditch - Updated 2024 Restaurant Reviews, Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Food Delivery & Takeaway - Tripadvisor

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Essence of Bengal is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5