Time Out

Award. Best Vegetarian

Manna seems keen to shed any old-fashion notions of what vegetarianism entails... Careful thought has gone into the menu... Manna is a cut above...

 

Following a refurb, Manna seems keen to shed any old-fashion notions of what vegetarianism entails and shift the emphasis to its gourmet credentials.

The chic new decor features crisp tablecloths, warm lighting and flock wallpaper in subtle tones of sand, gold and black. Careful thought has gone into the menu, which picks and chooses from a variety of global cuisines. Daily specials make it even more difficult to choose.

Thai tempeh falafel with papaya salad sang out with fresh zingy flavours, while breaded ricotta managed to be delicate rather than bland. The seasonal menu could include Japanese pickle salad or halloumi with wild rice and pistachios. The chef's salad is a reliable favourite: an almost overwhelming platter of lemony artichokes, juicy caper berries, crisp marinated tofu, alfalfa sprouts and more. Fajita towers showed that Mexican food can be light if done properly; this rendition featured tomatillo sauce, green mango and smoky pinto beans. Desserts, like cardamom panna cotta, are similarly sophisticated.

As a special-occasion venue, Manna is a cut above most other meat-free contenders.