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Vanilla Black Restaurant London

17-18 Tooks Court, Farringdon, London, London, EC4A 1LB
The Winner of The Gourmet Britain "Best Vegetarian Restaurant" Award 2012

A vegetarian restaurant that should be tried by anyone interested in cooking and food combinations - even if they are a confirmed carnivore.

Expect bare wooden tables, enlivened with smart place mats and white napery - plus a minimalist atmosphere more akin to a tea room than ground breaking food.

But starters such as 'Fried Onion Broth with Horseradish Custard & Red Wine Potato'; 'Brie Ice Cream with a Caraway Seed Cornet, Toasted Hazelnuts & Victory Plum Chutney'; 'Poached Duck Egg Yolk with Whipped Spinach, Crispy Bread, Seeds & Mustard' and 'Beetroot, Curds & Whey & & Baked Porridge Oats' set the ground-breaking style. Dishes are largely of the de-constructed-type, of which we generally disapprove - but here, it adds interest to what could be small piles of vegetables.

Perhaps to be followed by 'Field Mushroom Mousse & Pernod (sometimes Tarragon) Pancakes with Whipped Cider, Fennel & Butternut Squash'; 'Salted & Ash-Baked Celeriac and Nutmeg Yoghurt Curd with Whey Poached Celeriac, Chestnut Purée & Brussel Sprouts'; 'Warm Celery Panna Cotta & Blue Wensleydale Profiteroles with Charred Celery, Carrots & Apple Sauce' and ; 'Seared Seaweed & Cabbage with Pickled Potatoes with Soda Bread Suce, Pickled Mustard Seeds & Foraged Seaside Vegetables' listed amongst the mains.

The interest continues into the final stages with perhaps 'Poached Apple & Cinnamon Gel with Yoghurt & Cheshire Cheese Ice Cream and Cinnamon Pastry'; 'Peanut Butter Cheesecake & Cracked Cocoa Beans with Banana & Thyme Bread and Toffee Sauce' and 'Iced Malt & Burnt Orange Marshmallow with Muscovado Sugar Meringue & Parsnip Purée' there to tempt you.

All is beautifully-presented, and as mentioned, the definite flavours created should satisfy any carnivore.

Lunch is a particular bargain, but choice here is a little limiting, and you'll have to try had not to be tempted to the carte - but they do allow you to mix & match.

Service is both professeional & friendly..
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Other Details

  • Food Style: Vegetarian
  • Lunch: Mon-Fri 12.00-14.30; set L £18.50 (2 courses), £23.50 ( 3 courses)
  • Dinner: Mon-Sat 18.00-22.00; set D £28 (2 courses), £38 (3 courses)
  • Seats: 45
  • Wine: a well chosen list kicks off at around the £22 mark
  • Wheelchair access: Yes
  • Nearest station: Chancery Lane Underground
  • Directions: See the map on this page
  • Closed: all Sun, 2 weeks from 25th Dec.

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excellent & exciting combinations
excellent & exciting combinations


Contact Details

Tel: 020-7242 2622
Address: 17-18 Tooks Court, Farringdon, London, London, EC4A 1LB
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