Originally established in York in 2004, Michelin-recommended Vanilla Black moved to London four years later where it quickly gained a reputation as one of the finest vegetarian restaurants in the capital. Opened by partners Andrew Dargue and Donna Conroy, Vanilla Black aims to elevate meat-free cookery to a level that delights discerning palates of all tastes, whether vegetarian or committed carnivore. As head-chef, Andrew is passionate about redefining contemporary non-meat cuisine by experimenting with original and surprising flavour combinations. The resulting menu challenges the bland, uninspiring misconceptions about vegetarian dishes. Attentive, friendly service in the stylish, art-deco inspired interior makes for a relaxed and enjoyable dining experience.
One of London’s favourite vegetarian restaurants, Vanilla Black aims to debunk the myths that salads are sad and tofu is terrible. Through some gorgeous little dishes, the team bring a whole new meaning to the phrase, ‘I don’t eat meat’. The menu takes its lead from the best of British with Marmite making an appearance, whipped jack potatoes and even Yorkshire blue cheese toasties. Inside’s pretty slick too and we think that this is a place worth taking some time over and savouring. For the grab and go amongst you, they’ve got a cafe venture nearby so there’s no more excuses for lazy lunches.