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This veteran vegetarian restaurant recently decided to take its socio-ecological ideals one step further & become completely vegan. Fortunately, the decision doesn’t seem to have hindered the kitchen, which still provides ‘the innovation and inspiration that is hoped for in vegetarian/vegan restaurants’. Even carnivores cheer the bountiful menu that brims with salads and pastas alongside Indonesian tofu satay, spicy potato cakes with coriander chutney, and long-standing favourite fennel and pumpkin-seed bangers with red-wine jus. Ambrosial puds include ice creams (made with nut milks) and a dreamy chocolate almond torte with raspberry and cranberry coulis. To drink, choose from a surprisingly well-priced list of vegan, biodynamic and organic wines. Downsides? The ‘rookie’ service can be clumsy, and the decor could do with a bit of a brush-up.

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Manna

4 Erskine Road ,London NW3 3AJ

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by   bronze reviewer (6)

Jun 2010

Bless this place – I get what they're trying to do, it just hasn't quite come off. Both of my parents are veggies so when they're down in London – it's nice to go to somewhere that can serve them decent veggie grub. This place definitely does that, and I guess that's the most important thing. But the staff, service and surroundings really lets it down. The tofu starter was to die for and the veggie sausages and mash were so tasty and didn't seem too fatty. We had to wait about 50 mins for our main...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 5

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Manna

4 Erskine Road ,London NW3 3AJ

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by   platinum reviewer (84)

Apr 2010

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On first impressions Manna comes across very much like a cosy neighbourhood local and based on most of the custom on the night we visited, it is. But there are hints of something a little more refined that comforted me in this out of the way visit. The menu provides ample choice of world cuisines and you get the feeling these dishes are going to be big and hearty with skillful cooking and presentation. To put it into context; This isn’t claiming to be Michelin standard but neither is it a hippie...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 7

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Manna

4 Erskine Road ,London NW3 3AJ

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by   (4)

May 2009

It's inconceivable that this restaurant is a bastion of vegetarian eating. Frankly the food we had last night tasted like it had been made by committed carnivores forced to reluctantly serve up some non-meat dishes. While the atmosphere is rather sleek and sophisticated (certainly versus your average expectation of a vegetarian restaurant), the food was an all round catastrophe – korma that was nothing more than two carrots and a few sad bits of cauliflower in a sea of coconut milk; dry, tough, organic...

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 1

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4 Erskine Road ,London NW3 3AJ

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by   (2)

Feb 2009

Prone, as I am, to flights of fancy, I thought I'd share my latest one with you. It's July 1994 in London; ‘the recession’ is the name of a night-club in Wigan and Apple Mac make ‘word-processors’ for soccer-moms and dentists. I own a small factory which produces 35 different scents of joss stick; needless to say, I'm in the money. I have no family, a butt-load of (rich) friends, a big white house in Primrose Hill, and hair like Hugh Grant. Every day at 12.30 PM, after a hard day's work, I slip...

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

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