Indian Essence by Atul Kochhar

4.7
893 reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary Indian
Indian Essence by twice Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar brings vibrant flavours, subtle blends of spices and incredible aromas to the heart of Petts Wood with its contemporary Indian cuisine.

An array of delicious dishes are available including Tandoori Lobster Tawa Masala, Lamb Nihari and Chicken Khasta Murg. Guest can also enjoy Vegetarian and Pescatarian options from these specially designed menus and this Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant.
What 893 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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sandras
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tasting food, it’s so great to have a top quality restaurant local. I would highly recommend.

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Littlemiss
London
10 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Beautiful food and we’ve been many times. It’s very expensive but it’s worth it for a special meal. Our waiter was lovely but I have docked a point as the upwelling got a little tiresome.

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Jasdrill
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We eat here fairly often but this meal was superb. It was two courses on the set menu ( we had no room to try the delicious looking desserts)
Service was excellent
Value excelkent

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Thai0Ed
London
11 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This a regular spot for my husband and 3 years old child. We love the tasty and flavoursome food in high standard environment.

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Beysey
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Second time I have eaten here, first time I had the tasting menu. The second time A la carte. Overall the food is OK and in some instances excellent, but I do not feel it justifies the price.

I am happy to spend £200+ on a meal if it is to a given standard but do not feel Indian Essence has hit those heights on either occasion.

Tasting menu with wine pairing - one of the wines was awful and had a 1 star review on Vivino, cheap and nasty. Food was average to good depending on the course.

A la carte - Scallop starter did not work. Mixed kebabs excellent.

For main course the monkfish was very good, but the steak despite asking for medium rare was well done - I raised this but nothing was done.

Overall it is not a bad restaurant but it does not compete at the price point they are attempting to charge customers at.

The one saving grace is that the cocktails are consistently excellent, it is just a shame the food is not of the same consistency.

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Michael
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing more to add to the ratings I have given above

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AlanD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always food was excellent and service was courteous and attentive. Considering the difficult times in which we are living it was a welcome relief not just to go somewhere tried and tested, but also somewhere where it felt safe to be.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lunchtime set menu for a birthday treat...all courses delicious & even a birthday treat 👍

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Sumeet
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must visit. We had a lovely birthday lunch.
Would be visiting again soon.

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Cracker
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best value Sunday lunch anywhere.
Fod is superb.

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Gizzi123
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food quality and presentation. Very thorough when it comes to allergies, ensuring that any meal is prepared individually if you have allergies. The service was excellent. Great place for a celebratory meal and one that you will remember. The tasting menu - is very substantial and paired nicely with suitable wines (if you choose the wine option).
Felt safe during our COVID-19 visit. The book system was effective and reminders and confirmations sent at appropriate times.
I would definitely recommend a visit.

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ruthc
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food we’ve had in ages. Beautifully cooked, well presented and delicious. Excellent service. Would highly recommend and we’ll most certainly go back.

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Pals
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff went all out to deliver excellent service! We had a great time, food was pretty good, and they blew us away with a surprise birthday dessert :) Wonderful experience as always.

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Maestrojonno
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The set menu was excellent. Plenty of food and great tastes.

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AlfieJ
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best indian meal we have had in the UK authentic but original food

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PaulW
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the tasting menu and paired wines. This is Indian food with a difference: not a 'curry house', but wonderfully prepared and presented delicacies.

The staff were attentive but not intrusive - the manager (owner?) also taking time to check with us and talk about the food.
This was the last evening before Second Lockdown so there was a party atmosphere - almost like a New Year's Eve gathering.
Our first time at the restaurant: will not be our last.

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LucyW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always gorgeous food, lovey staff and delicious cocktails- our last hurrah before lockdown 2.0- thank you!

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Mary
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best indian restaurant around.
Will definitely be returning.

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AlisonM
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent pre lockdown occasion with cocktails, nice wine and delicious food

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LindaM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has to be one of the best value for money coupled with quality food anywhere

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Swami
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with authentic taste and wonderful ambience.

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SajjadH
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always exceptional here. I used to come here before the first lockdown and post lockdown. I will continue to support them via takeaways too, however, the best experience is to dine in so you can truly enjoy the cuisine, ambience and the service.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to splash out before going into Lockdown 2.0 and was utterly spoilt. Amazing food, wonderful service and, yes the food was pricey, it was well worth it. Can’t wait until we’re out of lockdown so we can visit once more

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KeithH
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is excellent huge variety wonderfully cooked and so much flavour.Service first class everyone so friendly Can’t wait to go back yet again

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Gangplank
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service, will definitely be back

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Skins
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely an amazing meal, not cheap but worth every penny

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vipGoose
London
11 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top class as always from Mr Singh and his team.
This restaurant wouldn’t be out of place in Mayfair London.
For the quality of food, service and ambiance.
The locals of Petts Wood and surrounding areas are very lucky to
have this sort of establishment on their doorstep.
We regularly travel from Essex to dine here.
Looking forward to our next visit , hopefully in December.

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ManpreetM
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! Highly recommend it!!!
Great selection of wine and cocktails

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wingco
London
27 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The set menu over the weekend is amazing value. There are multiple choices per course so you can make several trips without repeating yourself. Portion sizes are good and the drinks/wine list is very reasonably priced. If you want to try high class Indian food locally this is the only choice for you.

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DeniseB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

as always the food is amazing. not your standard curry for those that dont know. Just amazing tasty spiced food.

first class

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Brogan
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, atmosphere and service. We can rely on Indian Essence! I recommend and will come back again in future.

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SarahW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a pleasure dining here. Great food, polite, knowledgable and friendly staff. This is our favourite local Indian restaurant by a mile!

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SteveC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and fantastic food. Always enjoy Indian Essence. A step up from your regular restautant.

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vipcpsharp
London
111 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent from start to finish. So glad to get this in before LD2.0

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Lisalou
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, service was fantastic!

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GillM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service. Lovely way to celebrate any occasion

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Utrexis
London
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place blows me away every time! Love the food and they made such a fuss of our anniversary. I’ll be back! ... again and again!

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SophieC
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely outstanding! Delicious and authentic. I can’t believe it has taken us this long to go. It is quiet expensive but it is worth it! Can’t wait to go again!

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CharlotteV
London
7 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great . We had the tasting menu with wine. The singer was excellent providing atmospheric background music but still allowing you to converse.

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NickM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will be booking again very soon, the food and service was on another level. I couldn't recommend this restuarant enough if i could give 10 stars i would !!

FAQs

Indian Essence by Atul Kochhar does offer delivery in partnership with Just Eat and Uber Eats.

Indian Essence by Atul Kochhar is rated 4.7 stars by 893 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.