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Summary

“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!”

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

Summary

“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!”

£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.

Summary

“The name says it all!” Ratings recovered this year at Atul Kochhar’s “high-end Indian dining room in a most unlikely suburban setting” in Petts Wood – “a little gem” extolled by a huge fanclub from across the Kent/London borders for its “superb cuisine, a world away from ‘normal’ Indian food”.

£49
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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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 L only 7
Menu2 47.95 D 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
176-178 Petts Wood Rd, Petts Wood, BR5 1LG
Opening hours
Monday5:45 pm-10:45 pm
Tuesday12 pm-2:45 pm, 5:45 pm-10:45 pm
Wednesday12 pm-2:45 pm, 5:45 pm-10:45 pm
Thursday12 pm-2:45 pm, 5:45 pm-10:45 pm
Friday12 pm-2:45 pm, 5:45 pm-11 pm
Saturday12 pm-2:45 pm, 5:45 pm-11 pm
Sunday12 pm-4 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm

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