My friend and I start with the basil and cashew cheese croquettes (although thereís no cheese involved!). Served on a bed of watercress and pea sprouts with chili jam, these circular nuggets burst with flavor. My guest digs into the colorfully spiced jerk tofu, plantain and sweet potato kebabs. They look incredibly impressive and taste just as good; the Caribbean coleslaw, lime cream and toasted cashews topping it off nicely.
Itís easy to see the care and consideration thatís gone into each of our meals, as theyíre presented like small works of art. For my main course, I order tofu steak and mash served with huge, crunchy onion rings. Itís great British fare ó the tofu is flavorsome, although the mash needed more seasoning.
Across the table, the meat isnít being missed with the ravioli. The casing is thick and a little chewy, but itís filled with a delicious wild mushroom and walnut pate and served with a moreish fennel cream sauce and sundried tomato pesto and balsamic reduction. We celebrate the food with a bottle of delicious Prosecco Giol Veneto from Italy. It's lovely and light and complements the food perfectly.
All beverages at Manna are vegan including the wine list which is incredibly impressive and is also organic. So you feel as though you're doing some good while enjoying a couple of glasses! On to dessert, again the range is almost unbelievable. We opt to share the cranberry and orange cheesecake, and itís simply amazing. Itís soft and creamy and the fact that itís dairy free is unnoticeable. And the accompanying amaretto brittle Ďviceí cream rivaling any ice cream Iíve tried.
As more Londoners turn to healthy foods, places such as Manna will become increasingly popular as they show that rather than missing out, you really can have your (vegan) cake and eat it, too. For more details visit Mannav.com.
Carol Driver is a journalist with more than 13 years' experience writing, subbing and editing at national and regional publications and websites in the UK. Carol is currently the group editor at TNT Multimedia, which has magazines in London, Australia and New Zealand. She previously worked at national newspaper website the Mail Online well as writing for a host of other publications. She has also ...(Read More)