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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

Excellent tastes and variety of unusual meals. A delight.

John Wiles 12 March 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
Reservations +44 1689326024

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Customer reviews for Indian Essence

4.6 (((() (based on 142 reviews)
98% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (120)
  • lunch (62)
  • luxury (54)
  • romantic (45)
  • private dining (35)
  • business (31)
  • large parties (29)
  • value (24)
  • trendy (23)
  • child friendly (18)
  • entertainment (16)
  • al fresco (4)
  • afternoon tea (2)
  • views (2)
  • breakfast (1)
  • ((*** 16 March 2018 by Claudette Lilliefelth from London

    We had to wait 15 minutes outside the restaurant to be seated which wasnt the best start as not only was it mothers day but it was also my birthday. We had been told that there would be two seatings for lunch so perhaps this didnt work out so well for them. They gave us two menus and no childrens menus as two diners were children. We ordered and the food was just as amazing as the last time we had been although service was a little off, perhaps as it was completely booked out and the large table next to us had people busy most of the time. The bill came which did not include the two children but charged us for four adults although on the main menu it indicated a different price for children and this had to be pointed out. I was asked my childrens ages, which i replied 11 and 12 obviously children? The bill was adjusted. I would say it was good value but i wont be booking another celebration there as it was all a bit rushed and messy. Not to mention that my husband had to ask for a chair to sit on.

  • ((((( 12 March 2018 by John Wiles from London

    Excellent tastes and variety of unusual meals. A delight.

  • ((((( 28 February 2018 by Will from London

    This is a gourmet curry house; no kormas or vindaloos here, but the comfort and exoticism of Indian food remains, with plenty of finesse and excitement thrown in. With it being the little sister of a Michelin starred restaurant, the quality and range of ingredients is excellent. Attentive service makes sure there's no aspect of the place that lets it down. Go for the goat!

  • ((((( 24 February 2018 by Jane Macdonald from Hythe Kent

    Food here is excellent. The flavours are very subtle. I have been to this establishment many times & always had a lovely meal

  • ((((* 23 February 2018 by Abdul Mushahid from Chislehurst

    The food was excellent. The service was good. Highly recommended

  • ((((( 8 January 2018 by Sue Jesshop from London

    only one word - superb

  • ((((* 5 January 2018 by S.sivananthan Sundramoorthy from No 6, Jalan 11/ 15, Oetaling Jaya

    On 2nd we attended dinner . 10 of us.
    At end of dinner we asked for help to pack remainder of all the food. There was lots of tasty gravy left which we wanted n told them clearly but they only packed the beriany n the crust seperately and some fish. Out of the 20 dishes we ordered we only took back minimum.
    We wanted the gravy to have with left over naan but there was no gravy to eat it with whatsoever.
    It was quite thoughtless of the staff to have done this .
    My email us

  • ((((( 25 December 2017 by Helen Evans from London

    We had such a fabulous evening. Food and service was amazing. Definitely the best if our Xmas nights out this year.
    Tasting menu and cocktails make a very Merry Christmas!

  • ((((* 21 December 2017 by Liz Brewer from Bromley

    The staff were very pleasant and we had a set meal dinner.
    There were two of us and my friend likes hot food anyway. I chose the vegetable starter, followed by chicken dish. We were given a s a complimentarything a veggie rissole style thing which was the size of a 10p. For me the food was pleasant but it really wS too hit for me and the waiter described it as medium hot. However, I didn’t see that on the menu and would not have had them had I realised. My eyes ran throughout the meal and I couldn’t really taste the food for what it was, but the spices I think were tasty.
    We were well looked after just a shame about the food. Shame menu didn’t describe heat of the dishes.

  • ((((( 21 December 2017 by Kim Bowden from Blackheath

    Love this restaurant. The food is exceptional , the vegetarian platter is gorgeous. Definitely fine dining Indian food

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