LONDON EATERIES – Enjoy outstanding Indian cuisine and the warmest of welcomes at Indian Essence by Atul Kochhar in Petts Wood
You may be fooled into thinking you need to head to London’s West End to enjoy high-quality service and food excellence, however, those lucky people who live in South London have Indian Essence on their doorstep. Even if you don’t live in the vicinity, it is well worth the 20-minute train ride for an evening of outstanding cuisine that you will never forget!
You may be fooled into thinking you need to head to London’s West End to enjoy high-quality service and food excellence
From the moment you step into this eatery to the moment you leave you experience the wow factor, this isn’t just a meal, it is an experience. It is clear that each and every person who works in this beautifully designed restaurant loves what they do and ensures you have an amazing time. The warm welcome you experience continues throughout your meal, you are well catered for and in for a treat with every bite you take!
From the moment you step into this eatery to the moment you leave you experience the wow factor, this isn’t just a meal, it is an experience.
During Covid, they took their time to re-invent their menu and not only is each dish mind-blowingly good they look like a piece of art. They cater to everyone, with menus designed for carnivores, pescatarians and vegans too! We plumped for the pescatarian tasting menu with paired wines which was a real treat! Each wine has been carefully selected to pair well with each dish and each sip was divine. It felt like we were enjoying a celebratory meal! Come hungry, as the portions are generous and the food so delicious you want to savour and finish every bite! They also have an extensive selection of cocktails and some with an Indian twist, such as the Indian Essence Negroni.
Not only is each dish mind-blowingly good they look like a piece of art
Our pescatarian tasting menu began with the Amuse-Bouche which is beetroot based and has a lovely kick, the perfect way to start off a magnificent meal!
The Aloo Kachalu Chaat, a Ratte of Sweet Potato Chaat is paired with a delicious Signature Prosecco. This dish is beautifully crunchy, with a welcome mint sauce and tasty pomegranate bites.
Every dish seems even tastier than the one before and we absolutely loved the Samudri Khazana, which pairs Tandoori Lime King Prawn with Mustard Stonebass and a divine Mango wine, from the Rhythm Winery in India. The wine wasn’t too sweet and was bursting with flavour.
To prepare your pallet a lemon sorbet is served and what followed had our tastebuds dancing. Tangra Chilli Prawns paired with Sancerre Rose and Meen Malabar, Southern Spiced Monkfish, served with delicious Pak Choi, a tasty Malabar Sauce, Lemon Rice and Garlic Naan. This dish is paired with an Organic Wildsong Pinot Noir. Desert was the Chocolate Delicacy crowned with a delicious marang.
Usually, with paired tasting menus, full glasses of wine are not served. At Indian Essence the glasses are full and plentiful! This is Indian bespoke cuisine at its best, it really feels like every dish was created just for you.
This is Indian bespoke cuisine at its best, it really feels like every dish was created just for you.
If you would like to impress someone on a first date, enjoy a celebratory meal or simply enjoy amazing food and exemplary service head to Indian Essence by Atul Kochhar. The atmosphere of the restaurant is buzzing, and you are guaranteed a good time at this hidden gem! We already can’t wait to go back again and again!
The Pescatarian Tasting Menu is £59.95, with pairing wines it is £97.95
Address: 176-178 Petts Wood Rd, Petts Wood, Orpington BR5 1LG
Cat, Heart London Magazine