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Vanilla Black

#870 of 17,680 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
££££
Neighbourhood:
City of London
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17-18 Took's Court, London EC4A 1LB, England
+44 20 7242 2622
Today
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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Arundel, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Vanilla Black has been one of my favourite vegetarian restaurants for ten years now. I live in Sussex and work in London, so I can easily get to Vanilla Black near Chancery Lane tube. Our home is vegetarian. Vegetarian food can be hearty. Vanilla Black re-define the cuisine, no pasta bake or vegetable curry. They serve small portions in an... More 

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2 Thank Paul G
London, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a massive treat. As a vegetarian it's the most exciting restaurant you could hope to go to. It's now my 3rd visit and again massively impressed with the atmosphere, service and especially the food. This time had Lemon Ricotta and Leeks, Baked High Cross and Coffee and Coconut dessert- everything was simply incredible. I've never had vegetarian... More 

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2 Thank Mattbor86
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for a birthday dinner with friends... everything was perfect. We were well taken care of by staff and the food was staggeringly good.

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3 Thank Flipflop83
Sittard, The Netherlands
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited quite a few top vegetarian restaurants (Montali, the Gate, Cookies Cream Berlin) and Vanilla Black is certainly one of the best in our view. Wonderful flavours! Not cheap but worth it.

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4 Thank fraha724
London, United Kingdom
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363 reviews
321 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We felt the dishes just didn't work. The dishes were trying to be too complex, most dishes deconstructed with many flavours and textures that didn't jell together. Each dish seemed to have one flavour that just over powered others. The entrees we tried were the avocado dish (not great) and the lemon ricotta dish (quite nice). Main dishes we tried... More 

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1 Thank Ali M
Ottawa
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169 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A superb meal, everything such a delight and mix of flavours that we promptly bought the cookbook. Not that we think we can recreate the superb meal - but it inspired us -vegetarian and non-vegetarian alike, to wonderful flavours.

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2 Thank TaniaCarriere
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a three course meal that was so beautifully presented. The most memorable that we quite enjoyed were the frozen and charred avocado dish and the smoked egg. The homemade bread was superb. Service was great and atmosphere very romantic and warm. Overall, I found the ambiance and presentation were a bit let down by the flavor profiles. The... More 

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1 Thank Danielle R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My partner and I are vegans. The vegan options were limited. The starter was very basic and could have been made at home without a lot of effort. The flavours were not good and the textures of some of the food on the main courses were off-putting. I think this is a very poor advert for vegetarian food, especially given... More 

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1 Thank David M
Bromley, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dined here for lunch on Saturday 10 December 2016, with my wife, her twin sister (both veggies) and brother-in-law. As always the service was good and the food top notch. My wife was not that found of her main course, but that was more a question of tatste rather than anything else - I had the same and thought it... More 

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2 Thank Bazzerman
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Imaginative vegetarian. Worth a trip. Cocktails were great. Bread and butter started off the meal with a high, wonderful soup, and interesting main courses. Left very satisfied.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 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
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
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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