A recommendation and must visit on my stay in London was dinner at Manna Cuisine. The restaurant was just a short walk from Chalk Farm station and the immaculate homes and streets lined with four-wheel drives tell us we’re in a seemingly upper class part of town.
On our short walk from the train station we saw a large group of young and hip roller skaters and bladers meeting up, one with a loud shoulder-propped boom box, ready to take off for a weeknight summer cruise around the streets. Dang I love London!
Even though it was a Wednesday night we arrived at opening to get a seat as they don’t take bookings, and there was no way I was missing out! Arriving early has its advantages as we had our pick of tables so we chose to sit in the sun room at the front of the restaurant so we could enjoy the late summer daylight.
Manna is advertised as a vegetarian restaurant however on arriving – and much to the delight of my vegan sister Amy – our friendly waitress tells us the restaurant is mostly all vegan. Well now, what a lucky find!
For our entrée we order a share plate with a pappadum filled with curry ‘salad’, basil ricotta stuffed artichokes and jalapeno cashew cheese croquettes. Wowser it’s good, these guys really know how to impress their guests.
For main Amy ordered the Caribbean platter which was not only enormous but also incredibly tasty. There’s a jerk tofu and veg kebab, summery rice with a touch of mint, a light and coconutty vegetable curry and a pineapple salsa. We really could have just shared this and it would have been enough.
I had the speciality main which was organic spaghetti with veatballs in a tomato sauce with olives. This dish was incredible, so simple and really impressive. I’m kicking myself now for not asking what was in those delicious veatballs (I was too busy stuffing my face). I would love to have this again.
And now for dessert – because one must NEVER skimp on dessert when one is on holiday. This is where we really didn’t do much sharing! Amy had the very summery ice cream with biscuits and fresh berries.
I went with the peanutty creme caramel with chocolate and chocolate ganache. Trust me, this really was as fabulous as it looks. It’s not often that I’m defeated by dessert but I couldn’t finish this one. If only I hadn’t eaten so much beforehand… whoops. Note to self for next time.
So glad I stopped by Manna because it ended up being a real highlight of my holiday. I’ve since found out that they have cooking classes – something I’d love to do when I’m next in London.
One thing is for sure – with such generous meals you really do get bang for your buck. And if you’re not vegan, I think you’d be hard pressed to even notice anything missing. The meals are interesting, flavoursome and filling.