What is it good for?
Relocated from York to the City, Vanilla Black is a Michelin Guide-recommended vegetarian restaurant with not a lentil in sight. The menu includes unique creations such as sweetcorn creme brulee and tomato & chervil tatin with gazpacho custard. The restaurant aims to create delicious food that appeals to carnivores as well as non meat-eaters. The Independent on Sunday recently named it a 'top vegetarian restaurant'. The venue is intimate and relaxed - perfect for lunches with clients and journalists keen to try something different.
The inventive poached duck egg and Ribblesdale pudding with hickory smoke potato croquette and pineapple pickle is the chef's special.
Who's the boss?
Owned by husband and wife Andrew Dargue and Donna Conroy. Dargue is also head chef.
Save room for dessert - the peanut butter and chocolate parfait iced banana and butterscotch sauce is delicious.
What's the damage?
A two-course lunch is £18; three courses are £23.
17-18 Tooks Court, London, EC4A 1LB.