Dinner at Vanilla Black, London

I was still going vegetarian strong (it was vegan but I didn’t have the heart to destroy the vegetarian dishes here). This meant date night with Boy would just have to be at a vegetarian place.
Boy would deal with it and he would like it. End of.
Vanilla Black is one of the nicest Vegetarian places I’ve been to. Most vegetarian places I go to seem to be super hippie, so it was a big change. I was wearing heels. There was a wine list.

We tried out some Organic Wine, which instantly made me feel like it was good for me. Grapes are fruit. It’s like having juice, really. (I hope no one’s actually taking me seriously).

I tried to keep my hands away from the bread, but it was warm and I was hungry. I slapped on that butter like there was no tomorrow.

I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I’m glad Boy and I like pretty much the same food. It’s a lot easier to force him to split our meals so I can try more.

For our sophisticated starters, we ordered firstly the Yellow Pea Soup and Marmite Dumplings with Sweet onion PureƩ.

It was delicious. Those marmite dumplings were fantastic.

Our second one was the one I was a little more curious about – the Whipped Jacket Potato and Crispy Shallots with Tomato Syrup and Wensleydale Cheese.

This was INSANELY good. Check out that emphasis. Creamy with perfect cheese chunks and just incredible. Must-orde for mashed potato/good food lovers.

Boy has this weird thing with celeriac. I think it’s one of his current obsessions. His pick for our first shared main was the Salted and Ash Baked Celeriac and Sea Asters with Whey Poached Celeriac, Broccoli and Yoghurt Curd.

I thought it was good, whereas he absolutely loved it.

My choice was the Fried Mushroom Mousse and Rosemary Scone with Mushy Peas and Horseradish, Fennel and Whipped Lemon.

I probably shed tears over that crazy-delicious mousse, and piled it high over that scone. Boy felt how I felt about his dish. Maybe we’re both just a little biased.

So you get the jist – the mains are spectacular. The menu descriptions really didn’t do them justice.

We thought we may as well get dessert, so we ordered the Goats Milk and Coconut ‘Cheesecake’ with Mango and Saffron Crisp, Passionfruit and Coconut Crumbs to share.

Eh. I didn’t rate it, really. It was too goats cheesy for me, and I just didn’t really like it at all. Boy felt the same. I kind of wish we ordered another dessert, but none of them really stood out for me – I think the dessert menu was trying too hard to be experimentally fancy-pants. 
We finished it off with tea for me and coffee for him. 

Oh, and a little treat. I can’t remember exactly what it was, but it looks like a sorbet of some kind, so I’ll go with that.

I wish I could tell you a bit more about it. I think all that organic wine had gone straight to my head. Sorry.

Starters and mains – fantastic. If you order what I did, you can’t go wrong.
Maybe order a different dessert though, unless goats milk dessert is your thing. I’m not judging. 

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