Michelin-starred celeb chef Atul Kochhar (of Benares fame) has teamed up with restaurateur Jitindar Singh to launch Indian Essence – a flashy new eatery serving high-end cuisine in the heart of Kent. Despite an inauspicious roadside setting, the dining room shows its cosmopolitan style with lilac and mauve tones, latticework, flamboyant contemporary artwork and elegantly laid tables. The menu makes few compromises to the suburban location, offering signature plates of pan-roasted John Dory with green spices and oven-roasted tomatoes alongside the likes of home-smoked duck with pears and chickpeas, tandoori rabbit with cherry chutney and braised goat with peppers. Cumin-scented potato cakes, chicken tikka and an upmarket take on rogan josh strike a more familiar note, while desserts such as rose- and raspberry-scented Calcutta-style cheesecake show Kochhar’s trademark mix of Asian and European influences.
Get 2 course set menu for £20.95, 3 courses £24.95. Offer applies to Set Menu.
Min: 2 people
Max: 12 people
Starts: 06 Jan 2014
Expires: 31 Mar 2014£20.95