Vanilla Black

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Vegetarian / Vegan

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Good Vegetarian Options
We decided to open our own vegetarian restaurant back in 2004. We set some standards for the food: no dish would rely on pasta, meat substitutes or heavy spicing.
We would create menus of unusual combinations and flavours which challenged the norms.

At the restaurant we serve a twist on traditional English and French classical dishes, reinvented as vegetarian food.
The fact that it is vegetarian is not the point; in fact it's neither here nor there. The dishes we create here are forward thinking, our food is challenging. It's different. Smashing stereotypes.
You don't even have to be vegetarian.

'Apologies in advance, no pasta bake or vegetable curry.'
We didn't think we would have to put that warning on our website, but we did.

Thank you for visiting Vanilla Black and we hope you enjoy dining with us.

Andrew, Donna and the team
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NB
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great waiting staff and service. Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed with the food, perhaps just not to my taste.
Felt the vegan cheese in the starter was very runny and more like mayonnaise. The bread was delicious, as were the drinks. But the food wasn't quite up to standard.

MJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by a client with the words 'you will not even think about the fact you are not eating meat; I took my fiance here for her birthday. We had the vegan 5 course meal and it honestly opened my eyes to what is possible (with a lot of training, skill and experimentation I would imagine). The atmosphere was great, the decorations was impressive without being 'too much' and the service was prompt and respectful without being oppressive and too formal. I look forward to coming back with the rest of my family that are actually vegetarian.
Oh it's not cheap, but once you start the food you honestly won't mind.

DC
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Excellent food, with attentive service. It was a Saturday lunch and it was only half full so it was a bit quiet
Also I personally prefer to add a tip rather than be presented with a cover charge.

HD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food2service4ambience4

We enjoyed the starter (Indian spiced potato cake) and thought it be appropriate being served in a metal dish, however it made it difficult to eat.

The mains (cauliflower and aubergine) both lacked bold flavours. There was a nice balance of textures and the course was presented well but it just needed to be punchier!

CE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This has to be my favourite vegetarian restaurant ever. The food was innovative, surprising and delicious and the service was excellent. My advice to anyone who wants a more intimate meal is not to sit at the back of the restaurant as loud voices from nearby tables can intrude.

A
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food. Eat every single morsel. Service was fabulous too. Going again next week. Great value for money.

RB
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vanilla Black provides a discrete location for a business meeting as well as a special occasion lunch. The cuisine is Innovative, Beautifully presented and Delicious. This is my second visit and I am looking forward to the next.

BC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular and creative vegan food, in a beautiful setting presented by knowledgeable, understated staff. We loved it.

LA
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and very well presented food. Everything we had was very good. It's a place for special occasions, as it's a bit pricey.

JA
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vanilla Black is a lovely place to eat, with a calm and peaceful atmosphere. Attentive and responsive staff make sure you have what you need efficiently and charmingly.

The food is tasty and witty, with a Pina Colada cracker amuse bouche setting the tone. All three courses were delicious and ample. My highlight was the whipped Londonshire starter but my mushroom pate and sweet corn parfait were also excellent. We had a voucher (a wedding present) so were not as conscious of the price as we might have been, but £41.50 for three courses isn’t bad. If you’re tired of hunting through menus for non-halloumi related veggie options this is worth a visit.

DL
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time in a vegetarian/vegan restaurant and I was not disappointed. Situated off the beaten track it was quiet for Saturday lunchtime but that didn't diminish the food or the service which were both outstanding. I'd recommend.

LW
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Pretentiousness unbounded. Some nice (incredibly tiny) bits but over-priced and the wine was Tesco quality at top prices. Service was lovely but it is anywhere else too.

CD
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really different food experience. Lunch or dinner, with friends or partner. Suits all occasions

RJ
London
38 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I took my vegetarian friend for a birthday meal; as an inveterate meat eater myself, I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised, as the menu looked inventive and the reviews were mainly good. The restaurant itself is really nice inside, with a cosy feel, and the service was excellent and unobtrusive. The food, however, failed to make much of an impact. There were so many ingredients to each dish that I was never quite sure what I was eating, and the main consistency was light and, I'm afraid, mushy. I had a starter of iced avocado with celery and it was just an unpleasant, cold experience. The main course of celeriac profiteroles was better and my friend said the whipped Londonshire (cheese) was pleasant enough though not outstanding. The dessert menu contained a lot of ingredients which just didn't sound as though they could provide a sweet taste so we both went for the safe option of a banana icecream dish, which was OK. The white tempranillo we chose to drink was, however, really good and pretty much saved the day. I confess to longing for something straightforward such as some decent chips - but potatoes appear to be persona non grata in this restaurant. Underwhelmed.

S
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible flavours and the food was beautifully presented. The service was outstanding!

JT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best place to eat in London for high quality vegetarian or vegan food. Every option on the menu is interesting and never fails to impress.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, and brilliant service. Love this place

A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Had heard rave reviews from friends but we were quite disappointed. The staff were pretty robotic and lacking in charisma. On arrival we were told that our table wasn’t ready and to take a seat at the bar. We were then left there with a wine menu for about 15 minutes before we could attract someone to order a drink from. Eventually we were seated and decided to go for the 5 course tasting menu. I’m always keen to try new vegan dishes that aren’t just meat substitutes, some of the courses were interesting, but overall it didn’t excite me.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional. The food was delicious. The service was very attending and accomodating. The atmosphere was very welcoming, quiet and cosy, perfect for having a peaceful evening. Worth every penny.

LB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There for a birthday lunch. We arrived early and they totally accommodated us. Everyone was so lovely to us and the food was delicious. All the service was non-intrusive. We had the most gorgeous experience!

PM
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! I can still recall the flavours some two days later. Real service, good service is hard to find in London but the staff here displayed an extremely high level of skill. The overall experience was exceptional.

JH
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to experience the wonderfully imaginative and tasty menu so beautifully presented. Thank you again

LS
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience5

Maybe I am a vegan that's why I was not at all impressed by the cooking, one dish was too salty and others were just not impressive.

I've order the vegan set menu. Other than the bread and the beer, I did not enjoy the food. Nevertheless, I can understand if you are a non vegan, you may be impressed by the cooking.

OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An address that should be experienced by all food lovers, vegetarian or not. The food is outstanding, innovative and beautifully presented. Very comfortable and welcoming setting. Service was discreet, whilst being absolutely efficient. This is the best vegetarian/vegan restaurant in London.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vegan tasting menu.
Very delightful flavors along the journey.
Surprise favorite were the croquettes.
Charming intimate place

N
London
18 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It’s rare to get a formal vegetarian restaurant. The food is creative.
We had 5course tasting dinner. It feels like every dish is trying a bit too hard.

SB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, never lets you down. Great service and the dishes are a fascinating mind blowing joy!

B
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience1

It was ok, wouldn’t rate the food. Looked pretty but not massively tasty. Atmosphere was pretty dull as was the decor. Needs modernising. For a vege restaurant I expected more flavours. Was interesting, zero ambiance wouldn’t go again.

W
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really relaxed catch up lunch with a vegan friend. Indulged in their vegan tasting menu. Unhurried. Creative food with lots of flavour and textures. Very good indeed.

OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service - highly recommended. First time eating in true vegan restaurant and loved it

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is amazing and they are a very nice team serving

LM
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Some dishes worked better than others; and not every dish justified its (not inexpensive price). Service and atmosphere were good for a quiet Monday evening.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect. The service is great, the waitresses knew everything about the food, super clean and the food is outstanding as always.

TF
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I returned to Vanilla Black some years after a previous visit. The menu was as incomprehensible as ever, but this time, rather than a pleasant surprise dishes were poorly balanced and thought out. Unlikely combinations proved just that. Service was slightly harassed though the restaurant was half full, and the wine list seemed oddly put together and not as satisfying as it might be. Past it’s best when so many restaurants that are not exclusively vegetarian nonetheless provide excellent and exciting options. We won’t return.

CB
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous meal. Utterly delish - but also wonderfully inventive and got to try flavours and things I would never thought of trying together.
The service was top notch too...my partner has an allergy and they were very helpful without making him feel in any way a problem or that it was an issue. Staff were helpful and well informed...but also very friendly.
Simply one of the best meals out I have ever had!

KW
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With a cozy setting and delicious tasting food, this is a vegetarian/vegan fine-dining restaurant that’s great value for money.

KM
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great but the waitress kept interrupting our conversation to ask stuff rather than waiting for a convenient moment which was a bit odd. Great vegan food.

C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fabulous restaurant and impressed my omnivore guests. The food was great as always, and the service was also impeccable, especially given the many different allergies and questions from our table! Highly recommended for any occasion.

z
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely one of London's best vegetarian / vegan restaurants! The restaurant decor is plain, more like that of a local friendly eatery than a high-end restaurant, but once you get down to the food a choices, you're in veggie nirvana! The menu is imaginative and the presentation is beautiful. It's definitely a place one would want to come to again and again, as long as your wallet can hold out!

ML
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vegan fine dining! Outstanding food, beautifully executed and served.