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
Amazing food and great staff
Excellent as always - really innovative food and, most importantly, delicious!
I'm not a vegetarian, but loved this restaurant. There food was exquisite and the service (with a smile) was wonderful. There are plenty of delicious vegetarian dishes to choose from and the staff are very attentive and thoughtful. The art-deco design finishes off an amazing experience.
Brilliant food in a lovely setting. Well done!
Imaginative, tastebud-thrilling vegetarian and vegan food!
We had the 5 course vegetarian and vegan meals. Sensational!
My top tip: don't be put off by the descriptions of ingredients (if, say, you don't like fennel), as the chefs make everything taste amazing!
Attentive service (could have been a little clearer when describing each dish - hard to catch the details when it's unfamiliar), nice atmosphere. The background music was an odd mixture - not sure what the aim was in the choices.
Delicious food and a lovely atmosphere. Only slightly spoiled by a customer having a very loud conversation about her dog’s toilet habits, but hopefully she isn’t a regular visitor!
We had an outstanding lunch, packed with subtle flavours and novel food techniques - a little gem.
Great interior and very comfortable. Service was faultless. The food was lovely but on a first visit it was hard to know what to expect as the menu wasn't very clear. However, my son, who is a fussy eater, absolutely loved the food!
Incredible food and flavours, like nothing else we have eaten before. Great service. Would definitely recommend.
My third visit and my friends first, we both thoroughly enjoyed! The food was exquisite and very different which was exactly what we were after! Just a shame we didn’t get to stay for dessert as we had theatre tickets but there will be a next time!!
Delicious, subtle, inspired, vegan food. We had a scrumptious tasting menu and ate every drop!
Excellent vegetarian food and a varied menu, so nice to have such good options to choose from.
This is a great restaurant with good and attentive service. The food is very good and imaginative. Extremely well presented too.
Unbelievable food. Every dish a treat for the senses!
Wow. Probably the best vegetarian restaurant in England. Outstanding!
Delicious food, great range of vegan choices, bread as amazing, service good, nice range of drinks including mocktails
This was my first visit to Vanilla Black and as a strict vegetarian I literally loved it. The staff were attentive and professional without being intrusive. Within the party were another couple who had eaten there before and had recommended the restaurant and I'm so glad they did. The food was original, exciting and most importantly delicious. Unusual combinations that worked really well together. Thank you for making my birthday particularly special!
Superb. One of the best restaurants in the country. Staff always go out of their way.
Food was 10/10
Incredible food and really creative dishes.
The customer service was lacking and the food disappointing.
My partner is a vegetarian, and it was her birthday. The experience was mainly for her. However as a carnivore, I was intrigued to taste. The total experience was fantastic, and an eye opener. We actually had the give course vegan meal. Again mainly because we were intrigued. The young lady that served us, explained the meal and answered questions we had. They even came out at the end with a candle in the dessert as a surprise. Totally loved it. Thank you Dean
We had the most delicious meal I've had in a very long time. Splendidly unusual menu with no pasta bake or mushroom risotto (usual vegetarian choices) in sight. Sadly, we were too full for dessert but it looked like a great choice.
Fantastic five course vegan meal.... every dish was a masterpiece. Staff were great - friendly and just the right level of attention.
Food was super yummy just not enough of it, Service was fantastic!
Went out for a meal with family. My Sister was the only vegetarian but we all had the vegan tasting menu. The food was fantastic and the paired wines really complimented the food. My second time I have been and would definitely go back
Just fantastic!!! My three non vegan husband/friends all loved our Vegan tasting menu dinner. Thank you!
Love this place ! It’s a bit of a effort to get to for me but well worth it! The food is amazing and you don’t feel like you are in a veggie restaurant. Can’t recommend it enough. Just wish they had a restaurant by me ! Open one in Henley-on-Thames please 😊
Great no time to write more
Ok restaurant but aseptic atmosphere and detached service. Warm it up, girls! And please feed us (food tasteful but hardly filling).
Fantastic food, so interesting and thoughtfully prepared. Every dish was well balanced and delicious. Understated and attentive service with friendly and welcoming front of house staff. A fantastic experience. We’ll be back for a third visit no doubt!
Well researched food and good service. Highly recommended!!!
Been here 3 times with my vegetarian/vegan friends. The food is not bad but I will not be returning as the service was just horrendous during my last visit.
very interesting food which we thoroughly enjoyed. But WHY call your Gluten Free menu Wheat free...it freaks out us coeloiacs who have to seek reassurance from undertrained staff, who have to go and ask, so that the whole thing becomes A DEAL - whereas if you called it wheat free and gluten free we wouldn't have even have had to have the conversation. Then please train your staff to inform the table if the amuse bouche are GF or not ...again we had to ask making it A DEAL, which it really shouldnt have to be.
Fantastic eye opening evening smiley happy staff and all round fantastic service
Amazing creations, vegetarian cuisine from the premier league.
High quality , imaginative vegetarian food with great service.
Small portions, extremely expensive
I had the vegan 5 course tasting menu with matching wines. Not being a vegan, i wanted to try it, and the flavours were incredible, and the matching wines chosen expertly to compliment. Can not recommend highly enough.
An excellent vegetarian/vegan meal! We had the 5 course menu option for the table and it was inventive, delicious and beautiful. Great place.