Vanilla Black



14 reviews

17-18 Tooks Court , London, EC4A 1LB

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SquareMeal Review of Vanilla Black



After years of enduring the dreaded 'veggie option', vegetarians should be giddy with excitement when faced with the remarkable creativity on show at Vanilla Black. There's not a pasta bake or soupy bean stew in sight. Instead, diners are treated to imaginative combinations such as a multi-layered dish of cornmeal, beetroot and horseradish with aged garlic oil, artichokes in hay, parsley root and hazelnut milk or dried-yeast ice cream with red pepper and almond milk purée, cured yellow pepper and avocado brioche – proof positive that experimental technique isn't the preserve of carnivore establishments. Some say Vanilla Black's unapologetically complex food has "a high opinion of itself", and the bill will certainly come as a shock to those who equate vegetarian fare with cheap prices – though the set lunch (£19.50 for two courses) will impress both bean counters and bean eaters.


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Vanilla Black Location

17-18 Tooks Court , London EC4A 1LB

Opening times

Mon-Sat 12N-4pm 6-10pm

Vanilla Black's Reviews


Food & Drink: 8.1


Service: 8.4


Atmosphere: 6.5


Value: 7.8


Food + drink: 3

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 1

Value: 2

Bronze Reviewer
10 June 2015

The food definitely had a high opinion of itself !! But the taste was good in the main, if not a tad rich for lunch - very disappointed not to be able to obtain actual vegetables as a side dish in a veggie restaurant though. The wine list is massively over priced and I was really shocked that on a Monday lunchtime when we went there - the staff could not wait to push you out of the door - given that the restaurant was half full and no-one was waiting to dine at 2.30pm ! Overall, it was nowhere near as good as we had hoped and I feel that the restaurant has delusions of grandeur that it does not actually possess. Such a shame because the idea is sound.


Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

19 August 2014

I am not a vegetarian but ate at Vanilla Black to show solidarity with a friend who is. The food would pass muster in any highly rated restaurant – well presented, inventive and tasty. I will be going again with or without vegetarian companions.


Food + drink: 4

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 3

23 October 2013

Lunch at Vanilla Black is great for meat and fish eaters venturing to try refined vegetarian cooking – just don't expect large portions or expect to leave with a full tummy though you won't go hungry. The staff is very charming and the atmosphere is very pleasant.

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