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|Address:||17-18 Tooks Court, London EC4A 1LB|
|Tel:||020 7242 2622|
|Price: £48.00||Wine: £18.00||Champagne: £42.50|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm Mon-Sat 6-10pm|
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I'm not easily excited, but a recommendation from a colleague led me to read the reviews on Square Meal, and having established that Vanilla Black isn't a “traditional” vegetarian restaurant, a booking quickly followed.
“Traditional” vegetarian? In my book, that's any one of the multitude of unimaginative kitchens which churn out wild mushroom risotto, and yet another tart/quiche/pie with goat/sheep/yakl/horse cheese and onions. Woop de doo – I can cook those with my eyes shut. And basejumping. Without a chute.
Anyhoo, Vanilla Black… very friendly when we arrived for what I thought would be an unfashionable 6:30 reservation. But hey, we weren't the first people in there, and there was a nice welcoming atmosphere, plus we were able to choose our table (I like that).
Service started quickly – menus & bread turned up very quickly. Then a delay while 'er indoors and I argued over who would have what.
Me – Brie ice-cream: nice idea / glad I had it / not all that (not _quite_ enough flavour). But beautifully presented.
'er – Maldon Sea Salted Yorkshire Feta and Cumberland Sauce: bloody lovely / Parkin a genious idea.
Me – Fried Mushroom Mousse and Pernod Pancakes: awesome / the best / I can still taste it if I concentrate hard.
'er – Salted and Ash Baked Celeriac and Foraged Garlic Leaf: similarly awesome. But apparently I “won” this course.
Desserts: neither of us can remember, due to some sort of food-induced post-orgasmic memory loss. Sorry about that.
Gripes? Noisy plates (textured, y'see – impossible to scrape the last smidgeon of gorgeousness without disturbing our fillings), and having to ask the waitress for our main course wine as I was nearly finishing.
Best bit? Portions were perfectly sized. On the plate, I was concerned that we'd be hungry at the end. Not a bit – a feast for the eyes and palate.