Indian Essence by Atul Kochhar

4.6
1016 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 1016 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AliM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was delicious! Everything we had was beautiful, so flavourful and generous portions. It was my partner's birthday and they prepared a lovely complimentary dessert for her as well, really helped make the evening special! The service was friendly and attentive and it's a lovely space, would highly recommend for special occasions!

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debikam
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed our lunch and we would come back soon. The food is really authentic.

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SteveP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience1

Indian Essense was recommended to me by a friend and the menu from the website looked outstanding so booked a table for 4 people on a Saturday. I wonder if I had an off night...

The Good:
Food was really nice and not standard fayre that you would get (no Korma, Madras etc) from a "regualr" Indian restaurant.

Decor was pretty nice and the seats were comfortable.

The Poor:

The place was so noisy I could hardly hear the person in front of me speaking, it didnt help that there was a guy on the table next to us who was so loud I am sure the entire restaurant could hear him. but even without the overall noise level was too much.

£260 for 4 I though was very expensive for what we had, 2 of us didnt have alcoholic drinks and even if you take away the £24 that one person spend on a Cognac I think the bill was %15 too high, no one had a desert.

Service wasn't the greatest, slow to take food order after drink.


I am never a fan of service charge added to a bill, it should be down to the customer

Overall:
I just felt for the premium price the whole experience should have been better, but too much noise, average service and a massive bill killed it for me, I dont think ill be giving it a second chance.

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Matthew
Kent
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoyed our evening, food was excellent , staff were very friendly and accommodating, lovely restaurant with a great menu, will definitely eat going back.

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MarkA
Kent
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience2

Extremely poor service and food was ok apart from calamari which was very rubbery

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AmandaS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Lovely food bit pricey but great for a special meal.

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jimjamjay
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Tasting menu was excellent - service attentive and overall really enjoyed the meal

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Cefwells
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Fabulous place for foodies and lovely staff to welcome you

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CB123
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Really excellent restaurant I’d recommend to anyone. Waiters were a bit pushy trying to get me to buy stuff (e.g. the tasting menu for £54 pp exc’ drink) but by no means made the experience unpleasant or anything. Food was outstanding and far exceeded my expectations. Service v good as well. 9.5/10 for me.

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AbigailW
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

We were dissappointed that despite a pre dining phone call to the restaurant asking if they cater for vegans and being told they have plenty of choice - we were met with only side dish choices. Felt maybe they valued the potential money business than what was right for the customer.

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MartaS
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I have been to the restaurant before and enjoy my time there. This time we even had live music what it was a bonus. Very good food but a bit expensive.

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ClaireM
London
10 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious and well crafted menu with superb presentation. Service is very helpful and attentive. Nice atmosphere - will definitely ge back.

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HarveyMilo
Caribbean
10 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic meal, great service just what you expect every time you go to Indian Essence. Satisfied customers as always we will be returning soon

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SueJ
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

We had a wonderful evening at Indian Essence. The food was delicious, pleasant waiting staff, and the choices on the menu made it difficult to decide what to have. Generous portions and I was too full to have dessert. Bit expensive, but worth it for a special occasion. I will definitely be going there again and highly recommend it to others.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Highly recommend Indian Essence; the food was superb, every item was delicious. Staff were friendly & the atmosphere was great. A lovely way to celebrate a birthday.

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RG123
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience1

Service was absolutely appalling. We had to ask for menus 30 minutes after we had been seated, we then had to get the attention of the waiter again to order drinks another 15 minutes later. During the meal no one came to ask if our food was ok, one of the vegetable dishes arrived cold & we couldn't get any waiters attention to tell them.
When the waiter did arrive after we'd finished our main course he was very pushy trying to encourage ordering more alcohol.
The food was delicious & was the only positive out of this experience. I was so disappointed as the booking was to celebrate my 40th birthday with friends & I was so embarrassed with the poor service we received from such a well know chef. The reputation of the food was outstanding, but I will not be returning here again. At £258 for 4 people I expected more! That included 2 bellini's, 2 vodka coke & a carafe of rose.

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Figaro39
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was fabulous in everything way made out anniversary special

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Ayse
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was wonderful, our 4 and 6 year old boys loved the food, they said chocolate brownie was yummy.

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TanyaV
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and very friendly staff. Perfect spicing

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Davo
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food....a little bit pricey, but its great. Would recommend.

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Maroc
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great good, very attentive service.

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Localfoodie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible local restaurant! A real dining experience. Each dish had its own amazing flavour journey. Highly recommend the duck main! Lovely cocktails too.

Good atmosphere. Very chilled and relaxing vibes. Lovely decor. Great service too.

10/10. One of the best restaurants in the local area!

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PeterG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding in every respect, we had a wonderful night with great food and 1st class service.

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anniew
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food as always. Great friendly staff, couldn’t recommend more.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Lovely food, not your normal Indian. Fine dining and a real treat.
Attentive service.
Low ceilings made noise from music/people very loud but will definitely be going back again

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Shiva
London
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Starters 5*
Mains 4*
Drinks 4*
Ambience 5*
Service 4.5*
Overall very good, will definitely recommend to friends

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MAXINEL
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food , we had the taster menu accompanied by wines .
Fantastic the good was unctuous and the service was outstanding
The wine pairing was on point .
We shall return soon .

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Rumlovingfoodie
London
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food and service were excellent, superb subtle flavours in all the dishes. Our one issue was that the staff did not ask a fellow dining moron to turn off their speaker phone whilst having a ten way conversation.

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vipbas1
London
79 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was wonderful and a joy to return

PM
PaulaM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly, attentive and good ambiance but more importantly amazing food. Live this restaurant

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AnuR
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food! My partner and I travel for around an hour to get to Indian Essence because the food is just brilliant!
The lamb biryani is fantastic and my favourite!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Good was unbelievable

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vipSidd
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Top end Indian food, great flavours in the mixed kebab platter perfectly cooked

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing and flavourful. The servers were all friendly and they had a live performer, which was a nice touch.

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NickyG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

A lovely original menu, cooked fresh - so they can adjust many dishes to the spice level that suits you. Waiting staff happy to advise on options/choices. Nice drinks and cocktails menu too, as well as selection of original desserts. Tables in 'glass extension' area nice and bright, with more outside under awning - good for a nice evening. Only slight negative was being put on a little table in a dark, busy staff area by the bar, when there were so many nice brighter tables free - but we asked to move and they were happy to do so. Free parking after 7:30pm in carpark -3 mins walk. Slightly pricier than common fare Indian restaurants - but worth it.

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LucyW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food amazing as ever, wonderful service and lovely ambience.

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FayHSpyder
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

It was a lovely evening and the food and drinks were beautifully presented. The only issue I had was that the salad had far too much chilli sauce on it for my taste and I couldn't eat it. I will ask for a tiny bit of chilli next time. Overall it was a really good meal. They even made us a special dessert to celebrate our Anniversary!

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DesB
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is the first time we went to the restaurant, I have to say we thoroughly enjoyed it. Exceptional personalised Service, the food the seating layout just perfect, Prices were bit high, we were happy to pay, good value for money. Perfect for special occasions. there was parking nearby . Yes we will be going back again.

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PriyankaK
London
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very happy with everything, would love to go again!

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Marsha
London
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience1

Food wasn’t amazing for the price I paid. You can just go to normally curry place.

FAQs

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

Indian Essence by Atul Kochhar is rated 4.6 stars by 1016 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 reservations at the moment.