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23 July 2014
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Vanilla Blackone star

17-18 Tooks Court, London EC4A 1LB

£48.00 Vegetarian Fleet Street, St. Paul's

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  • Wine: £18.00
  • Champagne: £42.50
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm Mon-Sat 6-10pm

Square Meal Review of Vanilla Black ?

There’s nothing blandly ‘vanilla’ about Vanilla Black – London most haute vegetarian restaurant. The interior may look as if it’s ‘yearning for some aesthetic love’, but chef/proprietor Andrew Dargue’s ‘extravagant menu’ is a world away from the usual bean-heavy veggie clichés: ash-baked celeriac with foraged sea asters is closer to his innovative style. There are ‘sparks of brilliance’ everywhere: Brie ice cream with pickled plums and mulled custard is an intriguing starter in sweet disguise, double-baked Ribblesdale pudding is ‘gorgeously rich’, and you could round off with a liquorice and goats’ cheese macaron with sour cherries. Not everything is perfectly executed (‘from the sublime to the ridiculous’, quips one reader), but Vanilla Black is an ‘innovative’ option if you’re prepared to shell out a pretty penny. Match your food with one of the reasonably priced Old World wines.

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  1. Vanilla Black

    17-18 Tooks Court, London EC4A 1LB
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    Michelle M.
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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    17-18 Tooks Court, London EC4A 1LB
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    Natalie W.
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 9

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  3. Vanilla Black

    17-18 Tooks Court, London EC4A 1LB
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    Mitzie8cake
      Gold Reviewer  (87)

     
    • Food & Drink: 4
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 4
    • Value: 8

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  1. et lunch menus are often a great way to experience London’s fine dining establishments for a fraction of the price of an à la carte dinner, but many of the best deals are only Vanilla Black Outsideavailable Monday to Friday. Such was the case with renowned vegetarian restaurant, Vanilla Black – until now. On Saturday 15 March 2014, Vanilla Black started serving Saturday lunches and we at Forks-Up were straight in there to see what was on offer. Tucked down a narrow side street off Chancery Lane, and just next door to the excellent The Chancery (a firm Forks-Up favourite), Vanilla Black describes itself as aiming “to elevate meat-free cookery to a level that delights discerning palates of all tastes, whether vegetarian or committed carnivore.”...
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  2. Published : Friday, 1st February 2013

    The Lunch Club :: Vanilla Black

    After lovely little loaves with smoked butter (which was served in jars, opened – with smoke – at the table. Nice bit of theatre), the waitress...
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Essential Details for Vanilla Black

  • Address: 17-18 Tooks Court, London EC4A 1LB
  • Telephone: 020 7242 2622
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm Mon-Sat 6-10pm

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