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Vanilla Black

17-18 Took's Court, London EC4A 1LB, England
+44 20 7242 2622
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good22%
  • Average13%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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Open Now
12:00 PM - 2:30 PMAll hours
CUISINES
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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17-18 Took's Court, London EC4A 1LB, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

After seeing a matinee performance we went to Vanilla Black with the intention of finding out just how good vegetarian food can be. We were not disappointed. We had the five course tasting menu which was excellent. Each dish was small but we left the...More

1  Thank markymark122
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Save your money and go elsewhere. Food was cold and tasteless. Portions sizes were ridiculous for the price, my parsnip main consisted of a single parsnip divided into four pieces (see photo). There are so many better veggie places to eat in London- save your...More

1  Thank rebeccakjones
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Vanilla Black for a friends birthday and loved every minute of it. The dishes were interesting and packed in a huge amount of flavour. Service was friendly. It had an upmarket feel but wasn’t pretentious in any way. It is worth every penny...More

1  Thank Q6090IBjulieg
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my father here for his birthday lunch. Had heard great things and was very much looking forward to the experience. Visually, the food is stunning and beautifully presented, but as vegans we found the menu limited. I think they could benefit from expanding the...More

Thank travelbuggy
Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

Decided to go to Vanilla Black for special Christmas Lunch with colleague and friend. We chose the Vegan tasting menu albeit we swapped the final course to the vegetarian menu. We went for the wine pairing as well. Service excellent and attentive. Very friendly. All...More

1  Thank GordonsBrother
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

The Service is amazing. The attention paid to the food is marvellous. But sadly I didn’t enjoy it. It felt like the trying so hard to be unique with the food that it lost the heart vegetarianism. I craved some vegetables when I left. I’m...More

2  Thank PorkyMartin
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

We had vegetarian 5 course menu with wine pairing and it was really awesome! Service is very friendly and know what they talk about. Interior very nice also.

3  Thank Aji7
Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

My wife's birthday meal started with a beautiful cucumber medley with sticky rice. It started going downhill. From then on, fresh vegetables were not on the menu. We got a biscuit coated in tomato soup powder with mashed potato. Lovely charred spring onions spoilt by...More

Thank Screenname62829
Reviewed 22 November 2017

Two of us went for dinner on Monday evening. The main body of the restaurant was full so we were in the area slightly outside. As a result, it felt a little 'cold' in atmosphere - and my companion had to put her coat on,...More

1  Thank Duckman9999
Reviewed 22 November 2017

The restaurant is nestled away in a side street of a side street – and it doesn’t help that the new buildings have no street signs yet – so it might be difficult to find for those who aren’t familiar with this part of town...More

3  Thank pinkypoo2007
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“The City” is one of London's most historic and
fascinating neighbourhoods. Here high rise office
towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with
Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually
every era in between, including Christopher Wren's
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marianna29
12 September 2015|
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Yes there is a separate vegan menu and wine list the money spider wine was amazing
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$38 - US$154
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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
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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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