Was so happy to find a restaurant that catered for both vegans and vegetarians with creative and imaginative tasty dishes!
Service was friendly and relaxed. Will definitely be back!
Food was nice but very much style over substance. Not worth the price paid.
Wonderful food, with very imaginative ingredients. Provided a special birthday plate for me . Great service and an experience we will repeat. The third time we have been.
Fabulously creative vegetarian food that has wonderful flavours and beautifully presented.
The service was very good and if this was based on the starter, this would have been 5 stars (almost) across the board. It was pure perfection, a taste explosion where no taste overpowered the other. The expectations for the main was, as you can imagine, high. The disappointment was therefore even greater... a brown bed of salty wheat berries (cuscus ) topped with brown salty mushrooms with blobs of brown as decoration... It looked like an uninspiring piece of toast with mushrooms. If this combination had tasted perfect, the look would not have mattered... However, the combination was not good on either look, texture or taste. It also felt very stodgy. Had I not known this dish was vegan, I would have said the mushrooms were cooked in too much butter... Such a shame because the ambiance was great. Sadly won’t be returning.
I am not vegetarian but enjoy occasionally eating meat-free meals and was interested in trying Vanilla Black. It did not disappoint. I brought my teenage daughter for lunch and we both had the 3-course vegan menu. There were only two choices for each course, so we were able to try the whole menu. The flavours were amazing - especially for those of us who enjoy Asian flavours (ginger, black sesame, sticky rice). And the food was surprisingly filling. The shiitake mushroom dish was so filling we couldn't finish it - though we did have room for dessert. Our favourite was the peanut butter cheesecake, disguised as breadsticks. But really every single dish was delicious and beautifully presented. It wasn't cheap - lunch came to nearly £60 for the two of us, with no drinks (just tap water). But it is definitely worth it!
We came here for a special experience for my vegetarian wife. We had fun, but laughing at the food rather than enjoying it.
Bizarrely, the common theme throughout everything we ate was the lack of a decent vegetable. For example, my wife's starter of thinly sliced cucumber with a small losenge of sticky rice was arranged nicely but a but drab, whilst my main course was some soft cheese, more cheese in little deep fried cubes, onion puree and a couple of dry grilled spring onions. It's not that we avoided the veg...all the dishes seem to have been designed to reduce veg to smears, foams and purees. The overall feeling was that we were messing about with silly experiments rather than dining on meals.
Dessert was no better. My dish of a tiny quenelle of marzipan sorbet with some small pieces of pear was underwhelming. My wife had a relatively conventional chocolate brownie with hazelnut ice cream, but even that was wrong...the brownie was too dense and sickly and the whole thing was ruined by some thin milky substance the waitress poured over which turned the whole thing into a soupy mess.
I'm afraid to say the best bits of the meal were the bread and butter and the coffee.
Thousands really can be wrong!!
The most incredible food, we come here every opportunity that we can!
Delicious and beautifully presented food. Unusual ingredients and really tasty.
very tasty food, beautifully presented. Ate from set lunch menu - would probably like to try a la carte next time. Worth mentioning I am neither vegetarian nor vegan but thoroughly enjoyed the cuisine
I took my vegetarian friend here for a special birthday treat. She was very happy with the vast selection of food on offer for her and it was the right setting for a special occasion. I am pregnant and the waitress very very helpful with letting me know what I could and couldn't eat from the menu (which wasn't very much by the way). Good wine list on offer (for me to try another time) and a nice touch is that they wrote a special birthday message on my friend's dessert plate. We chatted for hours and there was no pressure for us to leave our table, even after we had finished our teas and coffees. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who is vegetarian or vegan. My only slightly negative comment would be that it felt a little too quiet at times. Thank you Vanilla Black for a lovely afternoon.
Love this restaurant, and the way the presentation and flavours always surprise me.
Excellent imaginative cuisine small portions really slow down your eating to experience and taste the fiid
Make sure you ask to be put in the main part of the restaurant. Was in a side room which wasnt full and lacked atmosphere.
Everything was great, but I've only given 3 stars for value. I have no problem paying £50 for a 5 course tasting menu, especially one as delicious as this one. But it needs more bulk - I still felt hungry afterwards despite eating the whole bread basket. That said, it's still the best high-end vegetarian food I've ever had, so I'd recommend the restaurant heartily.
This was my second visit to Vanilla Black. My first was with a vegan so was driven partly by necessity but this visit was with a highly carnivorous business contact. He’s always been up for a new experience so I thought I’d take him along after my hugely enjoyable debut. They didn’t disappoint.
It may sound naff but the flavours are sublime. You don’t need meat to create taste. We had artichokes to start which were roasted perfectly with mild spices and served with a light artichoke cake. Whatever will they think of next? My colleague had the High Cross for mains (yum) and I went for the shiitake mushrooms which had been cooked and displayed as delicately as any meat dish. Desserts were divine and the wine list,while small, played its support role so well that we stayed way past our next meeting times.
This is going to be a regular haunt for me. Mainly because the food is amazing but partly because opening people’s eyes to how great veggie and vegan food can be gives me a kick and just a little bit of extra street cred. Get with it kids.
We wanted the taster menu but asked if we could substitute one dessert with another as don’t eat mushrooms (cep fudge). We were told that the chef was unwilling to allow this as it would affect the flavour balance. So we opted instead for the a la Carte menu.
I’ve eaten in 3 Michelin Star restaurants where chef is always happy to accommodate the customer’s needs.
But not here sadly
A delicious combination of textures and flavours in every dish. This restaurant pushes the boundaries for vegans eateries go follow.
The service was pretty good, but the restaurant was far too cold. My boyfriend and I were both shivering the entire night and it ruined our experience. The food was fairly good, but my boyfriend's egg was under cooked on his main that he couldn't eat most of it and my main was very salty.
Fabulous as always, i think this is the 4th visit over several years and it never disappoints - how this place doesn't have a michelin star is beyond me when its so much better than many that do.
Creative flavours, beautiful presentation, it makes a non-vegetarian like myself want to constantly eat vegetarian food this good.