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Indian Essence

176-178 Petts Wood Road, Petts Wood, BR5 1LG +44 1689326024

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Main course: £12
Food spend: £28
Opening hours
Monday: 12:00 - 14:45 & 18:00 - 22:45
Tuesday to Thursday: 12:00 - 14:45 & 18:00 - 22:45
Friday & Saturday: 12:00 - 14:45 & 17:45 - 23:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 16:00 & 18.00 - 22.45

Awesome food, service, atmosphere

Meg 06 November 2018
from London

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Headed by Atul Kochhar of Michelin-starred Benares, Bib Gourmand winner Indian Essence offers a polished, modern take on Indian cuisine. The spotless dining room features bold magenta lighting and a chic glowing bar.

Alongside gourmet curries and succulent dishes served straight from the tandoor oven, the Indian Essence menu includes Atul’s favourites, like lobster in coconut sauce, or Goa-style sirloin steak with coriander chips. Classic European desserts are served with a twist at Indian Essence in Petts Wood, like cardamom-infused dark chocolate fondant, or rose & raspberry-scented Calcutta cheesecake.

A range of slick, refreshing cocktail mixes are offset by a bold wine list: perfectly matched to complement the intense flavours of the dishes. Regularly changing vintage bottles are available from the bar at Indian Essence near Bromley, as well as cooling masala iced tea, or passion fruit and chutney martini.

Found in a leafy London suburb, Indian Essence restaurant is a 3-minute walk from Petts Wood Rail Station.

Indian Essence

176-178 Petts Wood Road, Petts Wood, BR5 1LG

Contact +44 1689838700

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Customer reviews for Indian Essence

4.7 (((() (based on 164 reviews)
97% of diners recommend this restaurant
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Recommended for

  • dinner (137)
  • lunch (74)
  • luxury (67)
  • romantic (54)
  • private dining (40)
  • business (38)
  • large parties (36)
  • value (26)
  • trendy (24)
  • child friendly (19)
  • entertainment (19)
  • al fresco (4)
  • afternoon tea (2)
  • views (2)
  • breakfast (1)
  • ((((( 12 November 2018 by Celli from Petts Wood

    Very good service, nice touches...amuse bouche and sweets, beautifully cooked meat and fish, tasty side dishes, though dhal a bit watery. Expensive, 20% service charge

  • ((((( 6 November 2018 by Barry from London

    Excellent food and very good service

  • ((((( 6 November 2018 by Meg from London

    Awesome food, service, atmosphere

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  • ((((( 27 September 2018 by Jim from ORPINGTON

    We have eaten at this restaurant several times and always enjoyed it. Saturday evening was no exception, infact we think it is the best meal we have had there. The beetroot starter was delicious and the chicken was soft and spicy. Main courses were equally delicious and the wine we chose complimented every bite. Bravo Indian Essence, thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • ((((( 18 September 2018 by Rob from London

    Brilliant restaurant amazing food

  • ((((( 2 August 2018 by Di from Seaford

    Brought friends here after my husband and I raved about our first experience at Indian Essence three years ago. The restaurant was fully booked. It was a hot day. The air conditioning unit was on. We ordered different dishes so that we could try them all. Starters included scallops, rabbit, chicken, beetroot. Mains chicken, goat, lamb. Had some sides, naan and poppadoms. The overall opinion was a wonderful fine dining experience. Minor notes of disappointment - we still had our menus when the poppadoms arrived (main dishes order had not been taken), so didn't know quite where to put them. On our last visit we were blown away by the flavours in all the dishes. Unfortunately this time some dishes were just too spicy (hot) that the flavours got lost. One of our party was close to the air conditioning unit. She became quite chilled and said her food was going cold fast.

  • ((((( 25 July 2018 by Lucie from London

    Fabulous lunch menu

  • ((((( 24 July 2018 by Jane from Chislehurst

    I love taking friends to Indian Essence because the service is attentive but not intrusive and the food creatively delicious. A culinary explosion of flavour. Always love the Goat Curry ??. Thank you for another great evening Indian Essence.

  • (**** 25 June 2018 by Sandra from Keston

    Was very disappointing

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