Vanilla Black, the popular York vegetarian restaurant, has sold its Northern premises and will re-open in central London later this month.
Head chef Andrew Dargue attributed the move to the lack of larger, suitable premises in York, and a belief that the restaurant had done all it could with the menu for the clientele in the city.
Dargue is looking at the new site on Chancery Lane in the City of London, as the first of a chain of Vanilla Blacks he hopes to open in the capital with partner Donna Conroy – a possibility he didn’t think York offered.
The couple plan on sticking with a vegetarian only menu, though will ‘step it up a few gears’ for the London diners. Their approach to vegetarian food was much lauded in York, attracting praise from local press and national critics alike.
The old menu featured such non-nut roast choices as: Millefeuille of truffled mushroom duxelle, tomato relish and sage-infused jus; Raised Portobello mushroom and lovage pie, creme fraiche mushy peas, and leek and onion gravy; or Hickory smoke duchess potato, Olde York cheese pudding, pineapple pickle and soft-boiled quail eggs.
Drague says he is looking forward to the challenge of moving to London, the new restaurant is due to open around April 20.