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Vanilla Black

#941 of 17,931 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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17-18 Took's Court, London EC4A 1LB, England
+44 20 7242 2622
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12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 18:00 - 22:30
Wed - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
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Budapest, Hungary
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Hard to find, but more than worth the effort! Vanilla Black is a vegetarian restaurant, also offering very nice vegan The menu tells you the ingredients, but its impossible to know what and how they it is going to be served. Every course is surprise on its own. If you are in for a special fine dining experience, go visit!

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2 Thank kat1412
Derby, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited yesterday for a family birthday. The food was fantastic and beautifully presented. The service was excellent. Although we are all vegetarian I think it could convert any meat eater, for us it was great to be able to choose from the whole menu. I also felt that the bill was not that much more expensive than our breakfast... More 

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1 Thank stevemurray20
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just perfect! Although seemingly out of the way and situated in a strange area, the quietness is just what you need to have the perfect intimate date. Michelin awarded food that should definitely be awarded more stars, they never fail to impress! The Charred and Iced avocado with olive crumb is my favourite and the roasted white chocolate and sept... More 

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Thank Lizzey G
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Second time eating at this restaurant and the food was as wonderful as the first time. This was for me and my partner a special lunch, the food was amazing the waitresses were so polite and friendly. I'll definitely look forward to a third visit.

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1 Thank 23lou88
Stockport, United Kingdom
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238 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am not a vegetarian, but a good friend is, and it was great for her to go to a restaurant and have the whole menu to go at. For me, I will often choose the vegetarian option when eating out, so was happy to try a new (to us) vegetarian restaurant - but I wasn't expecting such innovative and... More 

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Thank AnitaT947
London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not only is the food outstanding, but consistently so. Even though I knew what to expect, I was impressed again by the variety of the dishes and their sheer tastiness. They also have this magic trick: you feel satisfied, but somehow can always make a little room for their wonderful desserts.

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1 Thank Meg D
Chichester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I booked for my girlfriends birthday to dine Saturday night. The restaurant didn't seem that busy and our reservation was later than I'd normally book. We arrived 20 minutes early I feel it's a necessary thing to do but we were very bluntly told us our table wasn't ready and all we could do is wait by the bar. The... More 

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4 Thank foodiesmog1986
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I always try to pay at least a couple of visit per year to this lovely vegetarian restaurant in London. The food is always incredibly good and very well presented. Don't forget to book!

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2 Thank Simone F
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was really disappointing. No real texture to the food and the flavor combinations did not work for us. Couldn't face the desert menu.

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Thank fjm100
London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Shows what you can do without meat. I'm not vegetarian and neither were my companions. We all tucked in with gusto. Our only comment was that perhaps the food is a little on trend with portions and presentation which would have then been 5 stars. Honestly, a little less faffage with the plating and little more generous with main ingredients... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$38 - US$154
Cuisine
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
18:00 - 22:30
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17-18 Took's Court, London EC4A 1LB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > City of London
  • Neighbourhood: City of London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7242 2622
Description
Your mother's mantra of "eat your vegetables" probably never brought to mind dishes quite like this. Vanilla Black restaurant, originally from York but now located in the City of London near Chancery Lane, smashes the stereotype of bland, lentil-laden hippie dishes. Instead, Vanilla Black takes a modern, imaginative and ambitious approach to vegetarian cuisine. Result? It is the only vegetarian restaurant in London that's recommended in the Michelin Guide. At Vanilla Black, it's not "vegetarian cooking", it's "vegetable cuisine". The dining areas are spacious and done with art deco-esque flair, Vanilla Black's cool and comfortable dining room sets the stage for its innovative cuisine. Dishes such as hickory smoked duck egg and Ducketts Caerphilly pudding and sweet potato vindaloo with saffron risotto are sure to make an impression on even the most diehard carnivore. Vanilla Black's desserts like carrot cake and orange sorbet with crystallised coriander delight the palate.

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