There are days when you simply feel like a hearty meal that leaves you feeling full and satisfied. There’s one place in London that has never let me down and that’s Manna Restaurant in Primrose Hill.
Manna is a 100% vegan restaurant tucked away down a side street just off of Primrose Hill’s main parade. It has a simple interior with dark wood tables and floors but that only serves as a canvas for the food art that appears in front of you. The owners travel the world to get their inspiration and compile recipes for their menu at Manna, so see if you can work out where they’ve been on their recent adventures when you visit.
The menu is vast covering traditional favourites like vegan bangers and mash to more exotic alternatives such as the caribbean platter. Being vegan it’s always novelty when you can pick anything off of the menu and here you can do just that. No need to worry. No need to double check ingredients (unless you have any other dietary requirements), Manna has you covered.
What I ate at Manna
On my recent visit to Manna I chose the bangers and mash. Before arriving I had searched Instagram to see what dish was most popular and this came out on top. I was a little sceptical as I am not a fan of vegan sausages, in particular the quorn creations but this was nothing like that. The ingredients were fresh and the texture was crumbly in a good way. It was a delicious dish that I’d highly recommend.
For dessert I ordered their vegan cheesecake with raspberry coulis. Another success. Their presentation is spectacular and again the flavours make your tastebuds do a happy dance. My best friend had a sticky toffee pudding and as she had just got engaged the staff kindly wrote a nice message in chocolate on the plate to celebrate the occasion. They were so accommodating and made our first wedding prep chit chat all the more special.
Post lunch we strolled along to Primrose Hill Park and took in the beautiful view of London at the top of the hill. It’s the perfect place for people watching and just taking a breather in this busy city. You can then stroll through to Regents Park and relax by the boating lake. I definitely felt like I needed the walk after demolishing both courses.
I highly recommend Manna if you fancy spoiling yourself rotten on vegan food in London. The staff are lovely, the food is sensational and the restaurant is positioned in a beautiful setting. I really enjoy visiting Manna in the summer when you can make the most of the parks afterwards. It’s also a good spot to do some celeb spotting. Just a little tip.
What other vegan restaurants in London have you tried and recommend?