Essence of India




40367 Tantalus Way


$16- $18

The history of Essence of India begins with the arrival of Chef Don from Indian state of Punjab in the mid-1970’s. Upon his arrival in Vancouver, Chef Don completed culinary apprenticeships in the areas of Greek, Italian, French, and of course, Indian cuisines.

During this time, he worked throughout the lower mainland as a chef de partie, sous chef and chef building a strong command of a multiple-disciplinary cuisine knowledge. Prior to opening Essence of India, Chef Don made multiple trips to India to increase his repertoire to both include and reflect a mastery of Indian cuisine.

I've travelled a lot through India and Nepal and this was up there with the best food I've had outside of the sub-continent. Most Indian food restaurants that I've eaten at around the world have a 'Western' take on their dishes, and they never get the spice levels correct. When I ask for hot, I want it hot. Essence of India got it just right. I had the Chili Chicken it was delicious and plated on a traditional Indian silver plate. Intense initial heat that calmed to leave a great chili taste, perfect for those that love a hot spiced dish.

Tucked away in a little street behind the sprawling strip mall facade, make sure you don't miss this one when in or passing through Squamish.

Dine in, or take out. Kids love the butter chicken. They've nailed that one.