RestaurantsKentPetts WoodBR5

survey result

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!”

Summary

£48
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Still fresh and exciting” – Atul Kochhar’s incongruously suburban venture “never lets you down” according to the many reviewers who comment on it, and “the amazing food is even better considering it’s in Petts Wood!”

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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

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £14.50 £18.50
Dinner £21.95 £24.95
SundayLunch £17.95 £21.95
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 47.95 Lunch only 7
Menu2 47.95 Dinner only 7

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£7.95 £13.95 £5.45 £6.75
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £19.95
Filter Coffee £3.45
Extras  
Bread £3.25
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu
No trainers
70

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
Seem to have cut back on what you get in th...
Reviewed 5 months, 4 days ago

"Seem to have cut back on what you get in the set meal. "

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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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