"Fine dining vegetarian that’s a must for adventurous palates"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
You may have heard that Vanilla Black is the only vegetarian restaurant in London that’s mentioned in the Michelin Guide. It’s easy to see why they’ve earned their entry, with elaborate dishes like a grilled carrot cake, sweet but with savoury hints, a smear of sheep’s yoghurt, crunchy ginger-infused carrots and tart orange oil that resembles marmalade.
For the main a double baked Ribblesdale pudding is a creamy soufflé, served with a smoky potato croquette, a soft poached egg and grated pickled pineapple that’s been coloured a pretty purple. And it’s far from expensive, as these two dishes are from a set lunch menu for £18.50.
There’s a separate menu for vegans, with food that’s just as delectable. There’s fried sage bread with a red cabbage cracker and some moreish roasted chestnuts, and for the main course toasted cauliflower with mille feuille, which look like spring rolls, stuffed with raisins, tamarind paste, cashew nuts and potato.
Service is the right amount of friendly and we like their attention to detail, with little things like bringing out bread with salted butter for me, and bread with olive oil for my vegan companion. A must, not just for veggies, but anyone with an adventurous palate.
Leila reviewed Vanilla Black on Wed 07 Aug 2013