RestaurantsKentPetts WoodBR5

survey result

Summary

£59
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A “great local” by absolutely all accounts, Atul Kochhar's slightly underwhelming-looking operation on a suburban shopping street invariably outperforms its location thanks to some “exceptional quality” food noted for its subtle but vibrant flavours; “great cocktails” also a boon.

Summary

£51
   ££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Not just a neighbourhood gem, but just about the best place for miles and miles around” – Atul Kochhar is a perhaps-unlikely name to be associated with an ordinary-looking venture in a suburban parade of shops in Petts Wood, but which helps explain its “very subtle Indian food with terrific flavours” from a menu that’s “always interesting, with some mainstays that are worth ordering every time”. In other respects, “it’s got that local curry house feel: it’s simply the food (and some nifty wines) which make it a superb standout”.

Summary

£51
   ££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Not just a neighbourhood gem, but just about the best place for miles and miles around” – Atul Kochhar is a perhaps-unlikely name to be associated with an ordinary-looking venture in a suburban parade of shops in Petts Wood, but which helps explain its “very subtle Indian food with terrific flavours” from a menu that’s “always interesting, with some mainstays that are worth ordering every time”. In other respects, “it’s got that local curry house feel: it’s simply the food (and some nifty wines) which make it a superb standout”.

Summary

£49
   ££
5
Exceptional
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“I have been to most of the ‘top end’ Indians in London – Jamavar, Benares, Cinnamon Club, Gymkhana and Café Spice Namaste. In ‘darkest’ Petts Wood (surprisingly) this gem of a restaurant sits in an ordinary suburban row of shops with a self-effacing exterior. I have dined there in parties of 4 up to 24 and the standard of food is unvaryingly exemplary.” Atul Kochhar’s surprising suburban venture “shows his flair just as much as Benares did” with “sophisticated” cuisine that’s “amazing… even better considering the location!”

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Owner's description

Situated in the heart of Petts Wood, Indian Essence showcases traditional Indian Cuisine with a pathbreaking menu that is sure to excite its discerning clientele, yet satisfy traditional palates.

Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 58.95 Always available 7

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£4.25 £20.00 £7.25 £7.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £26.00
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu
Yes
No trainers
70
5 YEARS

Indian Essence Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Indian Essence Restaurant in BR5, Petts Wood by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Indian Essence restaurant.
Paul M
A Sunday lunch time visit and the place was...
Reviewed 5 months, 27 days ago

"A Sunday lunch time visit and the place was still busy. Food was great with some nice fusion surprises. Particularly liked the steak two ways. Reliably high standard and quality. Really like this place. "

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176-178 Petts Wood Rd, Petts Wood, BR5 1LG
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2:45 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2:45 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:45 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:45 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:45 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:45 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Sunday12:30 pm‑2:45 pm, 5:30 pm‑9:30 pm

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