Vanilla Black


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Chancery Lane

  • Mid-range
  • Vanilla Black

    Ming Tang Evans / Time Out

    Vanilla Black
  • Vanilla Black

    Ming Tang Evans / Time Out

    Vanilla Black
  • Vanilla Black

    Ming Tang Evans / Time Out

    Vanilla Black
  • Vanilla Black

    Ming Tang Evans / Time Out

    Vanilla Black

Vanilla Black

Ming Tang Evans / Time Out

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Venue details

  • Address:

    Vanilla Black 17-18 Tooks Court
    EC4A 1LB

  • Cross Street:

    off Cursitor Street

  • Venue phone:

    020 7242 2622

  • Venue website:

  • Opening hours:

    Lunch served noon-2.15pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6-9.45pm Mon-Sat

  • Transport:

    Tube: Chancery Lane tube

  • Price:

    Set lunch £18.50 2 courses, £23.50 3 courses. Set dinner £28 2 courses, £38 3 courses

  • Map

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2.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:4
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The worst veggie restaurant ever. Should be renamed Salt City. I presume from the high salt content of every dish that the chef has no taste buds and is a Nordic with a Heston complex without the experience or ability to actually make dishes tasty. A hotch-potch of flavourless rubbish that you wouldn't ever want to repeat. Too rich, too flavourless, too pretentious and far far too salty. Ice-cream Brie made me feel sick after just one mouthful. Some vegetables were undercooked and all in all it was a complete let down.


A huge disappointment. Ice- cream brie dish was disgusting! Goats cheese and cauliflower not much better. I was looking forward to dining here but will never return and it goes without saying really, not recommend to anyone looking for a good vegetarian dining experience.


The food was mostly very creative and tasty, but some of the dishes seem to compromise on taste for the sake of novelty. My main complaint is that the service was inattentive. At that end of the price range, I expect not having to waive vigorously to draw the attention of staff all the time (from order drinks right through till the bill).


We went to Vanilla Black as a Wedding Anniversary treat. My wife's a veggie (vegetarian, not retarded) and I'm not. We really enjoyed the meal. We went with recommendations from the waitress which I would recommend, as some of the other reviews point to some dishes being hit and miss. The flavours are very intense which is a pleasant surprise for veg food. My one negative point would be the desserts were a little under-sweetened. This is clearly deliberate, but it felt like we were having another main course. Still it was generally excellent and good value too at £60 a head for three courses plus wine.


Went to Vanilla Black for the first time a few weekends ago. I'm a veggie but haven't always been and I took my non-veggie family. I have to say that the rest of the family has a better meal than me, and on the whole the food was of an excellent standard. Top marks go to my main of Cauliflower and goat's cheese millefeuille which was unconventional but absolutely delicious. For me the problems lay in my other 2 courses. Starter was a beetroot dish which sounded amazing on the menu, however the beetroot itself lacked flavour, and the "baked porridge" was more of a granola. Not a bad dish just lacked flavour and depth. The real problem was the dessert. Feeling adventurous I chose the White chocolate and Cep tart. What a bad mistake. The cep was completely overpowering and the dish came with added licorice sauce/jel which was not on the menu and not very nice! Overall my meal was pretty disappointing, but the quality of the main course reveals the quality of cooking the establishment can produce. Clearly I just made some bad choices, as the rest of the family had lovely dishes. Special mentions go to the Yukon potato starter, the Hen egg and ribbesdale main (pretty rich I warn you!) and the Peanut butter cheesecake dessert which was heavenly!


I have been to Vanilla Black on two occasions (with at least 18 months inbetween) and both times I have felt welcome and enjoyed the food. Some of the alcohol-based flourishes to the dishes were not to my taste but they were modest and it was overall a lovely dining experience and I would definitely go again. It's great to go for something a bit different as I have been vegetarian a few years and already finding options for dining out somewhat limited. Reasonably priced considering the location, and staff very friendly explaining the dishes when we ordered.

Blanche D.

A disappointing birthday treat, we will not be back. Went with high hopes, to find overpriced, bland, quasi-stodgy, and unimaginative food (retro in a bad way) with decor to match, reminiscent of a provincial spa. For stylish, high end vegetarian/vegan food, Saf is the winner in London by miles. OK, so they (Saf) do have some cheesy paintings up (that only serve to compromise an otherwise elegant room) BUT the food and the winelist and cocktails (and some nice exposed concrete) more than make up for that.


We dined at Vanilla Black at the suggestion of a concierge from Chancery Court. My dining guests were vegetarian however, not I. I have become accustomed to a "rustic" style dining experience when eating vegetarian food but found Vanilla Black to be a fine dinign experience. I loved the food- absolutely special. The attention to detail, delicate flavours and excellent service made it a wonderful dining experience for myself and my two young vegetarian companions. I predict that this restaurant won't be tucked away in this location for very long.