Vanilla Black

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1802 Reviews
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£41 and over
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Vegetarian / Vegan

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Good Vegetarian Options
We decided to open our own vegetarian restaurant back in 2004. We set some standards for the food: no dish would rely on pasta, meat substitutes or heavy spicing.
We would create menus of unusual combinations and flavours which challenged the norms.

At the restaurant we serve a twist on traditional English and French classical dishes, reinvented as vegetarian food.
The fact that it is vegetarian is not the point; in fact it's neither here nor there. The dishes we create here are forward thinking, our food is challenging. It's different. Smashing stereotypes.
You don't even have to be vegetarian.

'Apologies in advance, no pasta bake or vegetable curry.'
We didn't think we would have to put that warning on our website, but we did.

Thank you for visiting Vanilla Black and we hope you enjoy dining with us.

Andrew, Donna and the team

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PhilipC
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely evening, great food, down to earth staff, great atmosphere.

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Florence
Oxford
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

*Such* delicious food and a really wonderful atmosphere - considering we had 5 'tasting' courses, all of which were also very decently sized, the value is great as well. Will definitely be back, thank you so so much !

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DavidJ
London
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. A must-visit for anyone who appreciates superb food.

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Bigwally
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

A hugely disappointing meal - much of it bordering, literally, on inedibel. Mad combinations of seemingly disperate and utterly mismatched elements. I got the feeling they were trying to go for a 'Heston Blumenthal' style inventiveness, but this resulted in unhinged dishes of tasteless strangeness! The wine flight was very average too.

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OpenTable Diner
Angus
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A nice restaurant. The staff are very friendly and the food was nice.

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tanyac
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food from start to finish.
It was a birthday celebration and was worth it

SM
SarahM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vegetarian food done differently, really impressed

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harry
London
61 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Great food, good service, was a bit quiet over the lunchtime. But not complaints really.

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jg61
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Some of the food was delicious tomato and basil mayo and a baby fennel dish. All on the ‘adventurous’ side and some downright weird eg cep mushroom fudge and a claggy egg yolk. Staff were friendly but hard to hear what they were saying because of the noise level.

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JustinD
London
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Really different to anything I had tried before. Great service. A really lovely evening. Thank you.

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Martin
London
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely evening out - really good how they refresh the dishes so often here. It was a while since we have been and I reckon the entire menu had been updated so it was a like a brand new experience. Very tasty food and a good ambience. Just a little hard to find the place but that's not the venue's fault.

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Swapeman
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent meal... the menu was innovative, the flavours and presentation first class and the service superb.

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coline
London
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Best around for a delicious vegetarian meal. Every dish I have tasted has been excellent

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Kirk
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great vegan and vegetarian options in a nice setting. Very helpful staff

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EricW
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely inventive vegetarian and vegan dishes, and with a separate Gluten-Free menu. Among the best vegetarian food anywhere, ever. Informed and friendly staff. Unlike so many London restaurants the room sizes are small and cosy and the noise levels low.

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JJames
London
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, inventive food. Would definitely recommend

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IanM
London
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally different food from normal restaurants, and waitress was very knowledgeable.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter is vegan and this is why we chose this place. I was amazed. We chose the 5 course menu and every single course was a beyond our expectation.
Wonderful place!!!

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Bagnus
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Pleasant place which we really wanted to like. The venue itself is nicely decorated with a good atmosphere. The food is underwhelming, in particular the starters.

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SarahH
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Disappointed with the food

JA
JohnA
London
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional vegetarian food with some quirky, innovative dishes. Beautifully presented and excellent service. Staff were knowledgable about the menu and shared their experience of tasting the food. Higher budget restaurant but well worth the effort

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DianaN
London
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good we barely talked to each other during the entire meal. We were swept by the sensorial journey. We will definitely go back!

DB
DanielB
London
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5