• Indian Restaurant Tunbridge Wells Kent Menu Essence by Atul Kochhar
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Atul Kochhar’s award-winning fine dining with pan-Indian dishes

A variety of menus will feature Atul Kochhar’s award-winning fine dining with pan-Indian dishes discovered by the chef on his extensive travels across the Indian sub-continent, re-interpreted in his inimitable style with modern European flourishes and techniques with dishes suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Three course weekday set lunch menus will start from £22 with three course weekend set lunch menus starting from £28 per head. For gastronomes, there will be a seven-course tasting menu starting from £74.95 per person or £119.95 with paired wine flights. The bar will serve a tapas-style menu of light bites and the restaurant will operate a takeaway service too.

Further details and menus will be available soon.

  • A La Carte

    APPETISERS
    MAKALI FRY

    Crispy fried squid rings with chilli and lime dressing

    £10.95
    JALPARIZ

    Hand-dived baked scallops, balchao
    spiced mix, pumpkin seeds podi

    £15.45
    TANGRA CHILLI PRAWNS

    Kolkata inspired batter-fried king prawns, peppers, spring onions, chilli garlic sauce

    £13.95
    KHASTA MURG

    Atul’s signature chicken tikka pie with mixed berry compote

    £11.95
    CHICKEN MOMOS

    Steamed chicken dumplings, tomato chutney, pickled onions

    £11.95
    GILAFI LAMB SEEKH KEBAB

    Fine spiced minced lamb coated with peppers, onions and, feta cheese skewered in the tandoor

    £12.95
    KHARGOSH ANGARA

    Chargrilled rabbit leg marinated with cumin and whole spices, served with stem ginger & gooseberry chutney

    £18.95
    MURG TIRANGA

    Trio of chicken: lehsuni malai tikka, tulsi ka tikka and chicken lollipop

    £12.45
    TANDOORI RATTAN

    An assortment of our signature kebabs: lime scented king prawn, lamb chop and lehsuni malai tikka

    £19.95
    SUBZ KA KHAZANA

    Tandoori paneer tikka, broccoli malai tikka, parmesan shavings, kale hara kebab

    £11.95
    RAJ KACHORI ⓥ

    Regal street food, large wheat bubble splashed with mint and tamarind chutney, yoghurt, sev and fresh pomegranate

    £10.95
    MAIN COURSES
    ESSENCE KEBAB PLATTER

    A selection of kebabs – lime scented king prawn, lamb chop, mustard salmon, lehsuni malai tikka and tulsi chicken tikka with baby leaf salad

    £26.95
    TANDOORI NIMBU JHINGA

    Tandoori grilled king prawns in wild garlic and lemongrass marinade

    £23.95
    SAMUDRI RATTAN

    Pan-seared king prawns, seabass, scallops, mussels and grilled aspargus, coconut and tamarind sauce

    £24.95
    MEEN COORG

    Tandoori spiced monkfish, kannada sauce, vine tomatoes

    £24.95
    LOBSTER MOILEE

    Cornish lobster tail, masala idli, tomato chutney, coconut and ginger sauce

    £48.95
    DUCK CHETTINAD

    Pan-seared Gressingham duck breast, bok choy, chettinad sauce

    £24.95
    LAAL MAAS

    Chargrilled T-bone steak, jus, gunpowder chips

    £28.95
    TANDOORI MURG

    Chargrilled half spring chicken, mace and dried chillies marinade, roast baby potatoes, makhni sauce

    £17.95
    DAK BUNGALOW CURRY

    Pan-seared lamb rump curry, lamb cutlet, masala roast potatoes

    £23.95
    LAMB NIHARI

    Lamb shank cooked with fresh kohlrabi, nihari sauce

    £22.95
    KOSHA MANGSHO

    Boneless leg of Lamb cooked with onions, mustard and dry spices – a royal Bengal delicacy

    £23.45
    CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA

    Chargrilled chicken tikka in a creamed tomato-onion sauce tinged with fenugreek

    £17.95
    CHICKEN DO PYAZA

    Supreme of chicken breast stuffed with baby spinach and cheese, Mangalorean gassi sauce, spring onion masala

    £18.95
    SHAHI KOFTA

    Spiced vegetables, beetroot and cheese dumplings, awadhi sauce

    £16.95
    HYDRABADI SUBZ KA SALAN ⓥ

    Aubergine steak, soya keema and asparagus, salan sauce, stuffed peppers

    £16.95
    VEGETABLES
    PANEER LABABDAR

    Achari paneer tikka cooked in a creamed tomato-onion masala

    £8.95
    SAAG MAKAI

    Creamed spinach with sweetcorn, tempered with garlic

    £7.95
    ACHARI BHINDI ⓥ

    Fresh okra, red onions, mango powder, tomatoes, pickle spices

    £8.95
    BAINGAN PEPPER FRY ⓥ

    Baby aubergine, crushed peppercorn, mustard seeds and onion masala

    £9.95
    DAL MAKHNI (d)

    Speciality of the house

    £8.95
    DAL PANCHAMEL ⓥ

    A melange of five lentils cooked to perfection – A Rajasthan specialty

    £8.95
    RYEWALE ALOO (mu) ⓥ

    Pan-fried potatoes cooked with dry masala, mustard seeds

    £7.95
    PUNJABI CHOLE ⓥ

    Spiced chickpeas and potatoes cooked in an aromatic onion-tomato masala tinged with caraway seeds

    £8.95
    SUBZ MILONI

    A melange of vegetables cooked in a savoury tomato sauce

    £8.95
    GREEN CHILLI PAKODA ⓥ

    Stuffed jalapeno, deep fried with spiced gram flour batter

    £6.95
    RICE AND BREAD
    SADE CHAWAL
    £4.5
    JEERA PULAO
    £5
    LEMON RICE ⓥ
    £5.45
    GOSHT KI BIRYANI

    Tender pieces of lamb, cooked with saffron basmati rice, served with salan and raita

    £23.95
    KOLKATA CHICKEN BIRYANI

    The famous Kolkata inspired chicken biryani cooked with masala potatoes, spiced boiled egg served with gravy and raita

    £21.95
    VEGETABLE BIRYANI

    A melange of vegetables, cottage cheese cooked Awadhi style served with salan and raita

    £19.95
    TANDOOR ROTI ⓥ
    £4.75
    TANDOORI NAAN
    £4.95
    PESHAWARI NAAN
    £5.45
    LACHHA PARATHA
    £5.45
    KEEMA NAAN
    £5.45
    KING EDWARD POTATO TRUFFLE KULCHA
    £5.45
    BREAD BASKET
    £13.95
    BOONDI RAITA OR SADA DAHI
    £5.95
    PUNJABI SALAD
    £5.45
    PAPAD

    Assorted papad with three homemade chutneys

    £5.95
    .

    Despite our best efforts and whilst we have strict controls in place, our food and drink is prepared in areas where cross contamination may occur, and therefore, we are unable to guarantee that our dishes are free from any allergens. Not all ingredients are listed in each dish, please inform your server of any allergies, or dietary requirements.

  • Tasting Menus

    Tasting Menu £74.95 | Wine Pairing £114.95

    TASTING MENU

    £74.95 PER PERSON
    £114.95 WINE PAIRING

    AMUSE BOUCHE

    Chef’s choice

    Samudri Rattan

    Chargrilled kaffir spiced king prawns, mustard salmon with dill

    Gewürztraminer, Cave de Turckheim, Alsace, France

    Or
    Lobster Moilee (£18 Supplement)

    Cornish lobster tail, masala idli, tomato chutney, coconut and ginger sauce

    Viognier ‘1753’, Château de Campuget, Languedoc, France
    Steamed Chicken Momos

    Steamed chicken dumplings, spiced gorkha tomato chutney

    Chardonnay, Kinstone Estate, Limestone Estate, Australia
    Nimbu Paani Granita
    Chicken Do Pyaaza

    Chicken supreme stuffed with fresh spinach and cheese, Mangalorean gassi sauce, spring onions

    Malbec Reserve, Don David, Cafayate Valley, Argentina

    Or
    Duck Chettinad

    Pan-seared Gressingham duck breast, bok choy, Chettinad sauce

    Pinot Noir, Wildsong Organic, Te Awanga, New Zealand
    Textures of Lamb

    Fennel scented lamb chops, kosha mangsho, masala baby potatoes

    Rioja Reserva, Monte Real, Bodegas Riojanas
    Textures of Chocolate
    Royal Tokaji, Late Harvest, Hungary
    PESCATARIAN TASTING MENU

    £74.95 PER PERSON
    £114.95 WINE PAIRING

    AMUSE BOUCHE

    Chef’s choice

    Samudri Rattan

    Chargrilled kaffir spiced king prawns, mustard salmon with dill

    Gewürztraminer, Cave de Turckheim, Alsace, France

    Or
    Lobster Moilee (£18 Supplement)

    Cornish lobster tail, masala idli, tomato chutney, coconut and ginger sauce

    Viognier ‘1753’, Château de Campuget,, Languedoc, France
    Steamed Chicken Momos

    Steamed chicken dumplings, spiced gorkha tomato chutney

    Chardonnay, Kinstone Estate, Limestone Estate, Australia
    Nimbu Paani Granita
    Meen Gassi

    Pan-seared seabass, Mangalorean gassi sauce, spring onion masala

    Sancerre Rose, Domaine Les Chaumes, Loire Valley, France

    Or
    Tangra Chilli Prawns

    Kolkata inspired king prawns, peppers, spring onions, garlic chilli sauce

    Malbec Reserve, Don David, Cafayate Valley, Argentina
    Meen Coorg

    Chargrilled monkfish, kannada sauce, vine tomatoes

    Rioja Reserva, Monte Real, Bodegas Riojanas
    Textures of Chocolate

    Royal Tokaji, Late Harvest, Hungary

    VEGETARIAN TASTING MENU

    £74.95 PER PERSON
    £114.95 WINE PAIRING

    AMUSE BOUCHE

    Chef’s choice

    Broccoli Malai Tikka

    Chargrilled broccoli florets marinated in fresh cream hung yoghurt, parmesan shavings

    Gewürztraminer, Cave de Turckheim, Alsace, France

    Or
    Aloo Tikki Chaat

    Cumin scented potato cakes, splash of chutneys, sweet yoghurt, Mumbai sev, pomegranate

    Viognier ‘1753’, Château de Campuget,, Languedoc, France
    Steamed Vegetable Momos

    Steamed vegetable dumplings, spiced gorkha tomato chutney

    Chardonnay, Kinstone Estate, Limestone Estate, Australia
    Nimbu Paani Granita
    Paneer Do Pyaaza

    Anari paneer tikka, Mangalorean gassi sauce, spring onion masala

    Malbec Reserve, Don David, Cafayate Valley, Argentina

    Or
    Baingan Chettinad

    Aubergine steak, bok choy, Chettinad sauce

    Pinot Noir, Wildsong Organic, Te Awanga, New Zealand
    Shahi Kofta

    Vegetable and beetroot dumplings, awadhi sauce

    Rioja Reserva, Monte Real, Bodegas Riojanas
    Textures of Chocolate

    Royal Tokaji, Late Harvest, Hungary

    VEGAN TASTING MENU

    £74.95 PER PERSON
    £114.95 WINE PAIRING

    AMUSE BOUCHE

    Chef’s choice

    Punjabi Samosa Chaat

    Crispy vegetable parcels, tamarind chutney, sev

    Gewürztraminer, Cave de Turckheim, Alsace, France

    Or
    Aloo Tikki Chaat

    Cumin scented potato cakes, splash of chutneys, sweet yoghurt, Mumbai sev, pomegranate

    Viognier ‘1753’, Château de Campuget,, Languedoc, France
    Steamed Vegetable Momos

    Steamed vegetable dumplings, spiced gorkha tomato chutney

    Chardonnay, Kinstone Estate, Limestone Estate, Australia
    Nimbu Paani Granita
    Hariyalli Do Pyaaza

    Kale hara kebab, Mangalorean gassi sauce, spring onion masala

    Malbec Reserve, Don David, Cafayate Valley, Argentina

    Or
    Baingan Chettinad

    Aubergine steak, bok choy, Chettinad sauce

    Pinot Noir, Wildsong Organic, Te Awanga, New Zealand
    Shahi Kofta

    Vegetable and beetroot dumplings, awadhi sauce

    Rioja Reserva, Monte Real, Bodegas Riojanas
    A Melange of Sorbets

    Royal Tokaji, Late Harvest, Hungary

    .

    All prices are inclusive of VAT. A discretionary service charge of 12.5% willl be addedd to your bill.

    Despite our best efforts and whilst we have strict controls in place, our food and drink is prepared in areas where cross contamination may occur, and therefore, we are unable to guarantee that our
    dishes are free from any allergens. Not all ingredients are listed in each dish, please inform your server of any allergies, or dietary requirements

  • Easter Menu

    EASTER MENU
    30th March – 1st April

    £44.95 per adult | £28.95 per child
    £20 deposit required

    Lunch two seatings: 12:00 -2.45 pm / 3:00 – 5:45 p.m

    Starters
    Kafir lime marinated scottish salmon

    and dill raita

    Tandoori rattan (£6 supplement)

    an assortment of tandoori prawns, lamb boti kebab

    Basil infused chicken reshmi kebab

    baby leaf salad

    Steamed lamb momos

    with tomato gurkha chutney

    Soya mince and cottage cheese pie

    kumquat chutney

    Mains
    Pan-seared king prawns

    bok choy, coconut and tamarind sauce

    Cinnamon and wild garlic marinated tandoori poussin

    masala sauce, apple & corn salad

    Clay oven cooked lamb shank

    egg ghee roast, masala potato and lamb jus

    Rajasthani spiced tandoori angus fillet steak (£9 supplement)

    laal maas, gunpowder spiced masala chips

    Andhra lobster biryani served (£12 supplement)

    with lobster salan, boorani raita

    Chilli and garlic marinated aubergine

    peppers and caramelised onion sauce

    Mains are served with aloo beans poriyal, saffron pulao, garlic coriander naan
    Dessert
    Dark chocolate mouse

    chocolate soil, berries, orange curd ice cream

    .

    Despite our best efforts and whilst we have strict controls in place, our food and drink is prepared in areas where cross contamination may occur, and therefore, we are unable to guarantee that our dishes are free from any allergens. Not all ingredients are listed in each dish, please
    inform your server of any allergies, or dietary requirements.

    Allergens: (CR)-Crustaceans ,(D)-Diary, (E)-Eggs, (GL)-Gluten, (MU)-Mustard, (N)-Nuts, (SO)-Soya, (V) Vegan

  • Party Menus

    YUVRAJ MENU

    Lunch £48.95 | Dinner £54.95
    Minimum order 4 persons

    Amuse Bouche
    Kale Hara Kebab

    Fresh kale, potato and coriander herbed patties

    Appetisers
    Tulsi Hariyalli Tikka

    Chicken supreme marinated with fresh basil, mint, fresh coriander and fresh garlic

    Tandoori Machhli

    Tandoori mustard salmon infused with dill leaves

    Lamb Seekh Kebab

    Fine spiced minced lamb skewered in the tandoor

    Mains
    Dilli Ka Chicken Tikka Masala

    Tandoori chicken tikka cooked in a creamed tomato and fenugreek sauce

    Kosha Mangsho

    Diced leg of lamb, cooked with onions, mustard and dry spices – a royal Bengal delicacy

    Main course is served with saag corn, rye wale aloo, jeera pulao, assorted bread basket, salad and raita
    Dessert
    Dark chocolate delice

    coco nibs, orange curd ice cream

    SHAHI MAHARAJA MENU

    Lunch £56.95 | Dinner £65.95
    Minimum order 4 persons

    Amuse Bouche
    Chicken Momos

    Steamed chicken momos, gorkha tomato chutney

    Tangra Chilli Prawns

    Kolkata inspired king prawns, peppers, spring onions, chilli garlic sauce

    Lehsuni Malai Tikka

    Chicken supreme marinated with fresh cream, yoghurt and fresh garlic

    Tandoori Lamb Chop

    Fennel scented lamb chop – Essence signature grill

    Tandoori Salmon

    Chargrilled salmon marinated with mustard and dillr

    Nimbu Paani Granita
    Chicken Do Pyaaza

    Chicken supreme, Mangalorean curry, spring onion masala

    Dak Bungalow Curry

    Best cuts of lamb leg, roast baby potatoes, Anglo-Indian curry

    Main course is served with subz miloni, aloo gobi, jeera pulao, assorted bread basket, salad and raita
    Apple Saffron Tart

    Saffron brulée, orange gel

    MAHARANI MENU

    Lunch £48.95 | Dinner £54.95
    Minimum order 4 persons

    Amuse Bouche
    Kale Hara Kebab

    Fresh kale, potato and coriander herbed patties

    Starters
    Achari Paneer Tikka

    Paneer tikka marinated in pickle spices, caramelised onions and peppers

    Broccoli Malai Tikka

    Chargrilled broccoli florets, fresh cream, hung curd, wild garlic, parmesan shavings

    Aloo Tikki Chaat

    Cumin scented potato cake, sweet yoghurt, mint and tamarind chutney

    Mains
    Paneer Lababdar

    Tandoori paneer tikka with tomato sauce tinged with fenugreek

    Shahi Malai Kofta

    Lotus stem dumplings cooked in a tangy saffron sauce

    Main course is served with aloo gobi masala, dal panchmel, jeera pulao and assorted bread basket
    Dessert
    Dark chocolate delice

    coco nibs, orange curd ice cream

    .

    All prices are inclusive of VAT. A discretionary service charge of 12.5% will be added to your bill.

    Despite our best efforts and whilst we have strict controls in place, our food and drink is prepared in areas where cross contamination may occur, and therefore, we are unable to guarantee that our
    dishes are free from any allergens. Not all ingredients are listed in each dish, please inform your server of any allergies, or dietary requirements

  • Weekday Lunch Menu

    2 Courses £22 | 3 courses £26
    Monday to Friday 12:00 pm – 2:45 pm

    STARTERS
    Raj Kachori ⓥ

    Regal street food chaat, splashed with chutneys, Mumbai sev, pomegranate

    Makali Fry

    Crispy fried squid with chilli and lime dressing

    Gilafi Lamb Seekh Kebab

    Fine spiced minced lamb coated with peppers, onions, feta cheese crumble skewered in the tandoor

    Murg Do Tarike

    An assortment of lehsuni malai tikka and tulsi ka tikka, baby leaf salad

    Mains
    Chicken Do Pyaza

    Chicken supreme stuffed with baby spinach and cheese, tikka masala sauce

    Nariyal Gosht

    Best cuts of lamb leg cooked with fresh coconut, mustard seeds and curry leaves served with a dosa

    Malabar Fish Curry

    Pan-seared seabass, beetroot and potato mash, malabar sauce

    Shahi Kofta

    Spiced vegetable, beetroot & cheese dumplings, awadhi sauce

    All mains are served with chef’s choice of vegetables and jeera pulao
    Breads £4 Each

    Naan • garlic naan • tandoori naan • potato kulcha • peshwari naan

    Additional Nibbles £4 Each

    Samosa chaat • onion bhaji

    Desserts
    Apple Saffron Tart

    saffron brulee, candied orange

    Date Pudding

    stem ginger ice cream, toffee sauce

    Honey Rose Parfait

    spiced melon granita, berries

    .

    All prices are inclusive of VAT. A discretionary service charge of 12.5% will be added to your bill.

    Despite our best efforts and whilst we have strict controls in place, our food and drink is prepared in areas where cross contamination may occur, and therefore, we are unable to guarantee that our
    dishes are free from any allergens. Not all ingredients are listed in each dish, please inform your server of any allergies, or dietary requirements.

  • Weekend Lunch Menu

    2 Courses £26 | 3 courses £30

    Saturday 12:00 pm – 2:45 pm
    Sunday 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

    STARTERS
    Tangra Chilli Prawn
    Tandoori Rattan

    An assortment of tandoori prawn, lamb chop and malai tikka (£6 supplement)

    Khasta Murg

    Atul’s signature dish chicken tikka pie with mixed berry chutney

    Gilafi Lamb Seekh Kebab

    Fine spiced minced lamb coated with peppers, onions, feta cheese skewered in the tandoor

    Tandoori Malai Broccoli

    with parmesan shavings

    Mains
    Samudri Rattan

    Pan-seared king prawn, seabass, mussels and grilled asparagus, malabar sauce

    Andhra Gongura Chicken

    Southern spiced chargilled chicken breast, Mangalorean sauce, cauliflower kempy bezule

    Gosht Ki Biryani

    Tender pieces of lamb, cooked with saffron basmati rice, served with salan and raita

    Laal Maas

    Rajathan inspired T-bone steak, gunpowder chips, jus (£9 supplement)

    Subz Ka Salan ⓥ

    Aubergine steak stuffed with soya keema, grilled asparagus, salan sauce, stuffed peppers

    All mains are served with chef’s choice of vegetables and saffron pulao
    Breads £4.50 Each

    Naan • garlic naan • tandoori naan • potato kulcha • peshwari naan

    Additional Nibbles £4 Each

    Samosa chaat • onion bhaji • crispy squid

    Desserts
    Chocolate Fondant

    cocoa nib crunch, nougatine ice cream

    Date Pudding

    stem ginger ice cream, toffee sauce

    Honey Rose Parfait

    spiced melon granita, berries

    Kulfi falooda
    .

    All prices are inclusive of VAT. A discretionary service charge of 12.5% will be added to your bill.

    Despite our best efforts and whilst we have strict controls in place, our food and drink is prepared in areas where cross contamination may occur, and therefore, we are unable to guarantee that our
    dishes are free from any allergens. Not all ingredients are listed in each dish, please inform your server of any allergies, or dietary requirements.

  • Desserts

    Honey rose parfait

    Spiced melon granita, berries

    £9
    Chocolate fondant

    Molten chocolate cake, cocoa nib crunch, nougatine ice cream

    £9
    Apple saffron tart

    Saffron brulée, candied orange

    £9
    Gajar halwa millie-feuille

    Malted milk ice cream, filo pastry

    £9
    Date pudding

    Stem ginger ice cream, toffee sauce

    £9
    Coconut semifreddo

    Roasted pineapple compote, almond crumble

    £9
    Kulfi falooda
    £9
    Choice of ice creams/ Sorbet
    £8
    DESSERT WINES 75ML
    Chenin blanc, Baumard Carte d’Or, France 2013
    £9
    Royal Tokaji, Late Harvest, Hungary 2018
    £10
    PORT 75ML
    LBV, Taylors 2011
    £11
    Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port 2011
    £19.5
    LIQUEURS 50ML
    £8
    COGNAC AND ARMAGNAC 50 ML
    Hennessy VS
    £11
    Remy Martin VSOP
    £14
    Baron de Sigognac 10yo
    £15
    Seven Tails XO
    £16
    Hennessey XO
    £38
    Espresso Martini

    Vanilla vodka, Kahlúa, coffee

    £13
    Chocolate Martini

    Vanilla vodka and chocolate liqueur

    £13
    Floater Liqueur Coffee

    Baileys, Jameson Whiskey, brandy

    £9.75
    Coffee – 100% arabica coffee beans Italian single estate

    Espresso • americano • cappuccino • latte • flat white

    £4.75
    Chai

    Masala Chai Tea (made the traditional way)
    Green tea • Assam • English breakfast • Darjeeling fresh mint • earl grey

    £4.5
HOURS

Open seven days per week
Lunch: 12noon to 2.45pm
Dinner: 5pm – 10:30pm (9.30pm on Sundays)

CONTACT

01892 614 411
info@essencerestaurants.co.uk

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