Essence of India

Indian, Chicken, Balti, Vegetarian


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About Essence of India

Whether you decide on collection or delivery, Essence of India offers fast and dependable service as well as delicious food. Our delicious meals are available dine-in or take-out. Essence of India, serving the most delicious food with the freshest vegetables and meat!

Delivery hours

Last order 9 mins before closing




2 Hart Road
Harlow, CM170HL

Favourite Menu Items


diced chicken marinated, barbecued in the clay oven




cooked with cream, ground coconut and almond - mild


cooked with fairly hot spices


cooked with tomatoes in a thick sauce - slightly hot, sweet and sour

Reviews of

555 reviews


  • I placed my order and was quoted it would arrive by 18.30 at 19.30'i rang the restaurant to ask where my food was. I was told the order had been missed ? And the would send the food asap !!! I didn't make a fuss and was told as a gesture of good will they would send a bottle lemonade, which I was thankful for, However, no lemonade turnt up with my delivery, after sending the driver back with the lemonade I then discovered there was no rice with my meal!!!!! Any way hungry and frustrated I began to eat what had been delivered.... My first mouth full was a cold potato. I work in the catering industry and I am not one to complain.... But never again will I use this business when there are so many out there how do get things right.


  • I personally love this place say no more !!!!


  • The best in Harlow always consistent and very tasty food


  • First and last time I'll order a meal from here, not only did our food arrive 50 mins late it was stone cold and tasteless. One item was incorrect and one item not received. Would not recommend.


  • Lovely Madras. Friendly delivery guy and fast ✌


  • Arrived over 35mins late and delivered the wrong drink. Usually don't have a problem but not impressed this time round.


  • Once again a fantastic order! Wanted nut free, so the wife didn't die..... they called and said would make everything fresh without nuts in the sauce.... so the wife is still alive haha! Excellent service per usual Thank you


  • food tasted really lovely. thoroughly enjoyed our meals. only down side was food was lukewarm and had to wait a while for food on a week night.


  • Great once again - ty for making the tikka fresh nut free! :-) will use again


  • love this place food is amazing


  • love the food


  • fab as always


  • South Indian food was not spicy, when it should be, but tasted fair. They need to learn the difference between a raita and yogurt. I asked for a cucumber raita and they first gave me a portion of plain yogurt. When I complained, they delivered again, which was very nice of them, but now they added big chunks of cucumber in yogurt and didnt even bother to mix them let alone the addition of salt and other spices. Good marks for attempt I guess, but still the chef needs a few lessons


  • Two hours from order to delivery. Food ok but cold on arrival.


  • Food was tasty but it wasnt very warm ended up in the microwave