Essence by Atul Kochhar

62 - 64 The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells
01892 614411

Recent Reviews

shaun purdy

Truly in a different league, exceptional

Rocio Frostick

Food and cocktails are delicious! Service was superb!

Saeed Haghighat

Not an authentic Indian restaurant, staff are very polite and nice atmosphere. Do not expect any of authentic Indian food on the menu. And unless you go for 4-5 course meal You will come out hungry! It is an Indian restaurant and not much Indian beer selection and not even the proper Cobra draft beer or bottle. The draft bear was very poor quality. Please at least serve Indian bottle beer .

Richard Stroud

Had lunch with a friend. Exquisite food, good portions, nice ambiance and excellent service.

Grahame Webb

Strolled in on a damp Tuesday in May and we left, with spirits lifted and taste buds satisfied! Great vibe, stylish decor, decent lighting set the scene. Service was warm and mostly attentive. Highlight of course is the food, and it was delicious. Popadoms were mixed, with tasty sauces. We had two mains (Kosha lamb and tandoori king prawn, both excellent with decent but not over the top spice), two veg (saag and daal, the latter of which is on the rich side) and two roti. When it turned up, I thought initially it was on the small side but by the time we finished, we were sated and smiling. It was plenty! Next time we’re in town, we will definitely come back.

Jack Taplin

We went as a group of 4 and all decided to have the tasting menu. Struggling to find words to describe how good it was! Every course was pretty much perfect, with all the meats as tender as we've ever had, and the balance of flavours was excellent. (The side ordered Peschwari Naan was incredible!) One of us also had the wine pairing, which went down very well! One of the group in particular is quite difficult to please, and said it was the best meal out they'd ever had. Not cheap, but absolutely worth the price, and the service was impeccable. Will definitely be back!

Abraham George

We had fairly high expectations but were rather underwhelmed by the experience. The staff were excellent and attentive so well done on their part. The starter of shish kebab was good but the mains ( chicken tikka masala and monkfish ) were very average. The chicken tikka masala was too sweet and lacked that spicy aromatic taste. The monkfish was average and nothing memorable. The lemon rice was quite bland and the tandoori nan was dry and didn’t very fresh. The chocolate fondant was however very good. Ambience and decor were also very good.

Bogby Pogby

Came for a midweek couple's lunch and found that it held up very well against some quite high expectations. Service was excellent throughout, very welcoming and attentive. Food was fantastic - I struggle to find something that stood out as it was all so good but I would reccomend the Murg Do Tarike to start. We sat outside for lunch and found it a very pleasant experience. We look forward to returning for dinner in the future.

Arianna Beech

We both had the tasting menu. I had the fish and my husband the meat one. Absolutely brilliant. I highly recommend. Great for a special birthday celebration.

Jay Goddard

A masterclass in excellence …Attentive , energitic and enthusiastic service laid the foundations well before the food arrived.Stunning flavours, executed with perfection . An extra zero could of been added to the bill total and i would of still left smiling.thank you so much for a wonderful meal and evening

Maddisons Residential

Came to celebrate Mrs R's birthday with family - a great selection of cocktails to choose from to start and then the food. We saved ourselves through the day and thus had starters, mains and puddings, along with a couple of sides. All were incredible. And the service was absolutely spot on. We've already re-booked to come again .. thank you for helping make the day feel even more special.

Hannah. A.

Had a wonderful dinner on Friday night! Staff are very polite and helpful, and the food, well, that was absolutely wonderful! I didn’t have space for a dessert after the delicious starter and mains but the two did not disappoint. Wine list also had a good selection and the cocktail offerings were great. It’s so nice to have somewhere other than the Ivy to have a nice meal, and they’re both different to each other. Fantastic job on the fitout/refurb too! Having moved out from London, it’s nice to have an offering in Tunbridge Wells that makes you feel like you could be in the city.

Susan Grierson

Absolutely delicious food and helpful staff. Don't go there expecting your average curry, this is a complete dining experience

Cynthia Cary

Had the pleasure of having Sunday lunch today. As it was Sunday, I was expecting a quiet service but the food, decor, ambiance and service were exceptional. The staff were attentive and friendly without being intrusive, the food was a joy, presented beautifully with generous portions and it was buzzing! To be honest, I hadn't read the reviews when booking the restaurant and so, I wasn't really expecting much but it was a lovely lunch with friends! Will definitely come again.

Emily Labrum

Fantastic food and service

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