Vanilla Black Ltd
17-18 Took's Court, London, London, EC4A 1LB
- Tel: 020 7242 2622
Located in the heart of York city centre, Vanilla Black serves contemporary vegetarian cuisine. The trend for modern British food forms the basis for a unique dining experience. They also serve a selection of vegetarian wines, and options for vegan diners.
Services and products
- Vegetarian Restaurant
- Vegetarian Dishes
- Air Conditioning
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Not just for vegetarians.
24/02/2011 by cwcott
I have eaten at Vanilla Black several times in the evening, but went for lunch on this occasion. As a vegetarian, finding a restaurant where you don't have to scan the menu for 'V' signs or ask about the contents of a dish is always satisfying. But Vanilla Black is more than just a vegetarian restaurant. It's London's only vegetarian restaurant recommended in the Michelin Guide and the food is truly exquisite. On my most recent visit for lunch I went for the 2 course set menu. To start I had 'cream of tomato and vegetable soup'. It came with a side of dried, elaborate looking vegetables along with crispy bread. The soup was almost foam like so it wasn't too heavy as a starter. For the main I had the 'shallot and sage tatin' made with yoghurt curd, Savoy cabbage and parsnip. The descriptions really don't do the food justice. The intricate combination of flavours and presentation really need to be sampled first hand. The staff are welcoming and efficient. The atmosphere is relaxing. Regardless of whether you are vegetarian or not, this is a dining experience that everyone can enjoy.Report this
Upscale veggie gets it right (mainly)
05/10/2008 by Izabel_blue
I've been here twice now - one for lunch and once for dinner, and have felt *pretty* impressed both times, though I found it a much better destination for dinner. The food is commendable: the menu is a seriously good take on modern British seasonality (minus the meat) and hence a bit more sophisticated than the global fusion you get at other well-known veggie gaffs, like Manna or The Gate. However, portions are on the smaller size, and you really do need to go for all three courses to have a satisfying meal out - my husband worries that it is a bit too 'set menu' and not flexible enough with the a la carte. A few examples from their recent menu include a starter 'toasty' with home-made piccalilli and 'deconstructed' lentil dal. Mains are exciting too: mushroom duxelle with mushy peas, goats cheese and walnut backlava with onion puree, beetroot tarte with horseradish custard... The room is quite formally dressed and modern, with crisp white tablecloths and chandeliers - very trad, quite classy. Front of house is good too: they've brought a chirpy, friendly staff from the original restaurant in York, and you can tell that they care passionately about the food. The only dull note is the 80s' soft-rock and alt hits playing in the background: it seems to compromise the attention to detail with the food, room, and service. However, the food and service is good enough to compete with any posh gastropub in the area, and the choices on offer will thrill any meat-reducer. Give it a go!Report this
Veggie gets Gourmet Makeover
17/05/2008 by LJRich
The best thing about Vanilla Black is that you can take someone here without telling them it's a veggie restaurant. The words "Gourmet" and "Vegetarian" aren't usually bandied about in the same sentence, but this godsend to discriminating non-meat-eaters will blow any thoughts of "rabbit food" clearly out of the water. Set in a secluded yet central part of London (3 mins from Chancery Lane Station on the Central Line) I adored the look and taste of my 3 courses so much, I made a Flickr gallery of dinner! In the evenings, 2 courses are £24 and 3 courses are £30. Along with an extensive winelist and a sense of luxury, I seriously advise going to this restaurant hungry - you will feel extremely full and satisfied after this thoroughly pleasurable experience - Say hello to Donna and Andy from me! *if you want to see what I ate, go here: www.flickr.com/photos/ljrich/Report this
excellent, best vegetarian restaurant been to
04/05/2008 by lingholm
recently opened - have eaten dinner here twice now - both times had an excellent evening with imaginative and attractively presented food with really good service. one night i started with the deconstructed puy lentil dahl which was extremely tasty and nicely spiced. for the main course the parsley and mushroom duxelle mille feuille was a superb combination of quality and taste. All followed by a sumptious chocolate parfait. the wines list is well chosen and interesting. meat eaters as well would enjoy eating at vanilla black. overall a warm welcome and an elegant dining atmosphere.Report this
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