Mrs. Crew and I tried Essence of India last night. In the New Leaf strip mall near olive Garden on Appalachee Pwy. Better ambience and larger room than Samarat further east. Albeit they mixed and matched a variety of chairs. We did the sampler dinner for two...samosa, pakora, brijini--and I mean that all singularly, one of each shared by 2 people. We had lamb and chicken curries (choice of 2). More gravy than meat, but the meat was tender and in chunks. Naan was decent but a bit too oily for my preference. The tandoor chicken at another table looked very succulent. Mrs, Crew subbed rice pudding for the ghlum j...(fried pastry) dessert offered with the meal. Use a straw to drink it instead of the tiny sppon they give you. Did notice some Indian families eating there.
Waitstaff is very friendly and attentive. We'll probably try it again and order off the menu versus the sampler and a different dessert. Taj Mahjal and Kingfisher beers. Wine also available but didn't review the list.