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5.6 /6 Wonderful 17 Reviews

Indian Essence

Petts Wood Indian ££££ +100
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About Indian Essence

On Petts Wood Road, Indian Essence shines as one of the area’s best locations for a sophisticated dinner. Led by Atul Kocchar of Mayfair’s Benares and fellow restaurateur Jitindar Singh, this restaurant is a trailblazer with their upscale take on classic Indian cuisine. Awarded Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015 and 2016, Indian Essence is in a league of its own and is set to continue their winning streak in the years to come. In addition to serving up fresh South Asian cuisine, Indian Essence offers live entertainment on Thursdays as well as the opportunity for locals to take part in their exclusive master classes. As one of the leading restaurants in Greater London, it’s without any wonder that reservations are highly recommended at this popular Petts Wood restaurant!

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 16:00
Indian Essence, 176-178 Petts Wood Road, BR5 1LG London


17 Reviews

5.6 /6 Wonderful 17 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
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Catherine G.
2 reviews so far 6
02.05.2017 22:40

We had a really lovely meal and service. The food was excellent and we were not rushed to vacate our table even though we were the last customers in the restaurant. Thank you, we will return.

Prashant G.
1 review so far 6
30.04.2017 19:42

Excellent authentic food with a perfect blend of spices without detracting the flavour. Expect no less from Atul Kochar. Brilliant marketing strategy of spreading out of London into Petts wood/Marlow/Amersham.

Mark E.
1 review so far 6
29.03.2017 19:09

Really Great Food and fantastic atmosphere Really Great Food and fantastic atmosphere Really Great Food and fantastic atmosphere Really Great Food and fantastic atmosphere Really Great Food and fantastic atmosphere

Sue C.
1 review so far 6
04.02.2017 19:13

luckily they had had a cancellation because they hadn't received our booking! They were very busy but fitted us in. Food and service was fantastic

1 review so far 5
31.08.2016 23:09

Food was fantastic but, it my be Indian a la cart rest. but you can still over order and stuff yourself full. However if you do order too much, they will happily bag it up to take home which we thought was great! A few little details surprised us - greasy finger marks on my wife's wine glass, and table flowers were passed their sell by date. However that became minor as we tasted the food. Highly recommended by us. We will go back!

tim l.
1 review so far 6
11.08.2016 18:51

Very good with good service. The waiters and staff were attentive to the special dietary needs of our two daughters. The food is excellent. Note: The rating system below I don't feel reflects necessarily what people may be looking for - specifically on the qualify/price and noise lines.

Catherine S.
1 review so far 4
24.10.2016 03:28

Really enjoyed the evening. Nice atmosphere. Food really lovely and very different from other standard Indian restaurants. Initially found it difficult to choose what to have. Chose th echicken and it was really good. Would definitely go back but not somewhere I would go to on a regular basis - more likely to go for a change. It's also more expensive than the normal Indian meal but still worth it.

Graham C.
1 review so far 6
23.09.2016 16:40

Excellent in every respect. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that would like a good, top end, alternative to just having a High Street curry. This place is in a different class.

Diana B.
1 review so far 6
13.09.2016 17:22

Food excellent, staff very good, ambiance muted just how we like it. 10 out of 10 we will return very soon also parking was not a problem, but it was lunch time

Gill B.
1 review so far 5
16.04.2017 18:32

My starter was a little chewy. I had ordered squid rings so wouldn't have them again. The trout and my chocolate fondant desert were delicious. Very good service. Yes, I would return but would choose another starter.

yvonne f.
1 review so far 6
19.09.2016 19:23

Lovely restaurant. Food presentation was excellent. Flavours were beautiful and a nice selection on the set menu. Attentive staff and very good price. Will certainly recommend and will be returning.

Jane L.
1 review so far 6
17.08.2016 19:21

Fabulous food, service and presentation. Will come back. Good midweek set menu, fairly priced for the quality. Great for a special occasion, it was our 36th anniversary. Highly recommended.

Sam C.
1 review so far 6
27.08.2016 05:33

We had an amazing dinner here on a busy Saturday evening. The staff and service great. The food beautifully cooked and served and very good wine. Will be back!

Paul B.
1 review so far 5
18.12.2016 19:27

Excellent food and efficient friendly service. It's not cheap but worth a visit. My only criticism is that the stuffed jalapeños were not that nice and were covered in dough rather than batter!!

Ken A.
2 reviews so far 6
07.11.2016 01:01

Dinner for four in a Saturday night. Restaurant quite busy with a good atmosphere and amdience. Upmarket indian food of excellent quality preparation. Prompt efficient service.

Alan U.
1 review so far 5
10.02.2017 18:25

Had a lovely experience at the Essence of India. Much dearer than normal Indian restaurants but, you get what you pay for. Can't wait to go again.

Rachel A.
1 review so far 5
10.09.2016 16:18

Food is outstanding and service excellent. It's very busy so can be a little noisy, hence not a perfect score, but it's a really fantastic restaurant.