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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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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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1 - 10 of 732 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Tucked away behind Chancery Lane, this restaurant was gorgeous! Low key, understated, welcoming and with a gentle atmosphere. The service was quiet, sharp and knowledgeable. The food was punchy with surprising ingredients that had bursts of flavours and pleasing textures. Beautifully presented and so an...More

1  Thank Suzy H
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm a carnivore, not a vegetarian but had heard great things about Vanilla Black so gave it a go and I'm glad I did. The food is STUNNING, I had the 5 course tasting menu which was just dish after dish of beautifully plated delicious...More

1  Thank G4UET
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Vanilla Black based on its reputation for gourmet vegetarian and vegan food. The food was excellent although the tasting menu at £55 for five courses is not particularly good value as portion sizes are small and it does not even include any coffee...More

1  Thank qpofg
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'd been meaning to go to this restaurant for some time but was never really attracted by the menu even though I'm vegetarian. I quite like pasta even though vanilla black prides itself on not having any on the menu. But this time I was...More

1  Thank Preefab
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Upon our arrival our coats were taken. We were seated by on a table for 2 by the disabled toilet. The area was quite cold & yesterday was a cold evening. It was bizarre I couldn’t figure out why my shirt elbows were soaked, eventually...More

1  Thank flo5777
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed a delicious birthday meal at Vanilla Black, choosing the Vegan Tasting Menu. Each course was so different to the next and the flavours unique and enjoyable... Proving you can fine dine when vegan! I would definitely recommend this restaurant whether you are vegetarian...More

2  Thank Zoe D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the vegan tasting menu with wine pairing (it was a v big birthday). We are not vegans but were intrigued. No regrets, each course offered new tastes, textures and flavours, from the lovely baby fennel, creamed lemon and toast to the fried shiitake,...More

2  Thank gilmoreCoDurham
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for my boyfriend’s birthday and had an amazing meal for what I feel was a good price. Started with the seaweed broth, main was the baked cheese & caramelised onions and finished with the peanut butter & banana cheese cake. All were super tasty,...More

2  Thank Sophie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very conveniently located next to Lincoln's Inn. Lovely intimate atmosphere. Excellent people serving, who were very accommodating. Dishes were unique and incredibly tasty.

2  Thank sparshgarg20
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From service to the food, everything was just perfect. We ordered the 5-course vegetarian menu and didn't regret it a second. It was just amazing - the food, the taste. Overall, the location & atmosphere was so nice & intimate and they even surprised one...More

6  Thank flandrosch
Nearby
City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to
its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile
in the world, the financial district known simply as
“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
...More
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marianna29
12 September 2015|
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Response from Fluften | Reviewed this property |
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
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
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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