Vegetarian restaurants don’t always get a good press amongst the meat-eating majority but Manna in Primrose Hill certainly does not conform to any lentil and brown rice stereotype, this long established eatery now produces gourmet 'cordon vert' dishes... (manna chefs point) to their Heritage Tomato Tart as a perfect example of the style of food they produce. With its combination of different tomatoes, including yellow and stripy (tiger) varieties, and topped with a fried courgette flower stuffed with ricotta and herbs, this dish typifies Manna's success in getting away from the historical idea of vegetarian food. (manna chefs do not) find it restrictive to cook without meat, 'if you’re adventurous, you can't really rule anything out'. It's a challenge rather than a hindrance to his craft.
'Really good... excellent' was the verdict of one customer who has been eating at Manna for 25 years. Whilst it's popular with the locals, the visitor book attests to the well-travelled diners and the occasional celebrity that have graced the restaurant, proving you don't need meat to enjoy good food.