Welcome to Vanilla Black


We became vegetarian for no major reason. No dreadlocks were involved. We didn’t hug trees and we kept our leather settee. We just stopped eating meat and fish. If someone had told us at the age of 16 that we would be vegetarian adults we would have laughed.

But we liked eating out, and when we went to a restaurant the vegetarian option was mainly mushroom risotto or Halloumi kebabs.

We would often say that we didn’t need to see the menu in most restaurants as we knew what was going to be on it already.

So, 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.

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.

‘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.

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We’re currently taking bookings for Valentine’s Day evening. Please see our vegetarian and vegan menus.

Gift Vouchers

Treat a special friend or family member with a Vanilla Black gift voucher. Available in any denomination and valid 12 months from date of purchase. Delivery via email or post, call 02072422622 to order.

Our Book

Vanilla Black – Fresh Flavours for your Vegetarian Kitchen is packed full of our simplified yet delicious recipes and available from Amazon and other major book stores.


Opening hours

Monday – Saturday
Lunch: 12.00pm – 2.30pm (last orders)
Dinner: 6.00pm – 10.00pm (last orders)

020 7242 2622


17-18 Took’s Court, London, EC4A 1LB

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For reservations you can either contact our team on 02072422622 or reserve online for up to 6 guests. To reserve a table for 7 or more guests, please contact our team directly.
Food allergies and intolerances – please inform us when making your reservation

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Please be aware that from Monday to Wednesday tables sitting at 6:00pm and 6:30pm are required to be returned after 2 hours.
From Thursday to Saturday tables sitting at 6:00pm, 6:30pm and 7:00pm are required to be returned after 2 hours.
Please advise us in advance if you would like more time and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
If your preferred time slot is not available, please contact our team directly and they will do their best to accommodate your request.

Cancellation policy
Please note that to complete a reservation you may be asked for credit/debit card details. For cancellations we require 24 hours notice. Failure to give 24 hours notice may result in a £20 charge per person. We regret that this cancellation policy is in place, however this has become necessary.