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Vanilla Black

#975 of 17,821 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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City of London
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17-18 Took's Court, London EC4A 1LB, England
+44 20 7242 2622
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18:00 - 22:30
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Sun 18:00 - 22:30
Wed - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:00
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London, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

First of all, it's neither some sort of modern hippie place nor an annoying hipster one. It's just a very elegant yet chilled vegetarian restaurant. The free mise en bouche and the Sweet Potato and Puy Lentil 'Dhal' were truly delicious. The Baked High Cross and Charred Spring Onions was sadly a bit too rich and the charred avocado a... More 

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1 Thank Renton2B
Bristol, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My partner and I were excited to use a gift voucher given to us as a present. The setting was lovely and peaceful, if a little bit library-esque. The staff were all extremely attentive, the plates and bowls were beautiful. The food looked incredible and the chefs obviously spend a lot of time creating dishes that are unique, have unusual... More 

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Thank Richir00
Barcelona, Spain
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went for Valentines, knowing it would be overpriced, but thought it would be a great culinary experience. Unfortunately I was mistaken. The aubergine starter tasted terrible, and the fried shitake main was very bland. The dessert was good, but it's hard to mess up chocolate brownie and ice cream! Service was slow and unfriendly. All for the princely sum... More 

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Thank Ben B
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Pretty superb. Staff was very polite and informed of the food types. It was a very nice atmosphere in the restaurant and I like how it's off a quiet street. The only thing I would say is there is no need for the quiet pop music coming from the speakers. Either have no music or choose something a little more... More 

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2 Thank LukeD2000
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We were a little worried that given the type of restaurant, we might leave hungry. We needn't have worried. Food was delicious and satisfying. Service very attentive. Prices £31 for two courses. Warm and intimate atmosphere, ideal for couples. Try the nettle cocktail! Lager was served in an interesting miniature tankard engraved 1976. Our highlights were the flavours of the... More 

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1 Thank Therealjonnydouglas
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

2.15 and we have finished a meeting and want a vegetarian lunch. So we ring and ask for a table saying that as it is late we will quite understand if there is only a limited selection. They say the kitchen closes at 2.30. We say - we will be there before 2.30 - they say - No, we have... More 

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1 Thank cnewman2017
Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely superb! At last, a creative genius who makes vegetarian food exciting and single ingredients sing - thank you for a wonderful and memorable evening.

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2 Thank Emilykynoch
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't mind minimalist food at all, but when it lacks flavour and passion, you leave feeling very hungry and unsatisfied. The food was attempting to be so precise that all the passion was lost. All the four courses my partners and I had were very earthy, but not in a pleasant way. I wouldn't return to eat here again.... More 

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1 Thank Thomas M
Derby, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here for the first time about 3 years ago and was blown away by the whole experience. I have raved about it to many people over the years and couldn't wait to go back when I visited London this time. The starters of soup and sticky rice with ginger were very nice but we both felt the mains featuring... More 

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UK
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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's tucked away, you have to be at the top of your game to make a business work in this location and by jingo these guys are at the top of their game! Food, presentation, service, product, advice. Can't beat this, I eat out in London every week and this is my number one recommend - but you need to... 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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