Time Out

Award.  Best Vegetarian

London’s vegetarian dining scene is in a state of flux. With the exception of the consistently reliable Manna...
cooking at the top end has slipped a notch or two, whereas the food at the lower end has improved dramatically – thereby leveling out the overall meat-free dining experience.

An ideal venue to impress a vegetarian date or a guest from overseas. The menu is spankingly modern and imaginative, using fashionable ingredients little seen in London’s other vegetarian restaurants. Manna is an intimate but spacious affair, with two dining rooms, a small conservatory at the front, plus tables outside for alfresco dining. The floor, furniture and ceilings are all made from wood, so the effect is akin to sitting inside a box – albeit a smart one, and with friendly professional staff on hand. Potato boreks boasted tasty filling inside excellent pastry. Celeriac and blue cheese roulade with watercress pesto was perfectly cooked, with strong, sharp flavours. Also impressive were tortillas, rendered smoky with the addition of smoked tofu and chipotle chilli. Nettle ravioli (more like pasties), served with wild garlic pesto, gained plaudits too.

There’s a marvelous wine list along with a beautifully executed selection of desserts
, such as pistachio and date chocolate brownie.

Set amid the leafy environs of Primrose Hill, Manna is in a class – and world – of its own
.