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by brokenbywhispers

Review: La Mano Verde was a wonderful experience from all points of view. Before you read the rest, you should know that: 1) I have been vegan for 13 years. 2) I have visited virtually all restaurants in London, Stockholm, Berlin and other places as well. I know the ropes and consider myself a demanding customer 3) I am not content with mere replicas of the "real things", such as mock meats and all that. 4) I am a ravenous eater: I always make it a point to stay for more than 2 hours, interact with the owners/waiters and order as many dishes as possible. so here's a quick rundown: - set in a quiet, nice neighbourhood. easy to reach - interiors are in good taste - perfect service: great manners, very thoughtful, hospitable, perceptive, with great timing and highly educated (the waiter even speaks fluent Italian - French is also spoken, as well as fluent English). The waiter is also passionate about raw food, very knowledgeable and has his own catering business. The chef has extensive experience and is 100% vegan himself. These are people with very in-depth food culture. - absolutely fabulous presentation. The food looks fantastic. - incredibly tasty food. Very delicate, sophisticated dishes. - high attention to detail. Painstaking. - very creative. they add their own spin to international dishes. They draw inspiration, while still retaining their own, strong personality. - generous portions. great value. - everything is fresh, homemade and with a strong focus on raw items. I am known for my ravenous appetite, and had a HUGE feast (ordered a number of dishes) . Notwithstanding, I left with the feeling of replenishment, but didn't feel heavy at all, which is not the case for many other restaurants I visited. La Mano Verde has made its mission clear (and hardly needs any explanation): to make gourmet vegan food that is attractive to people from all walks of life and different food habits! This place will appeal to omnivores as well. With the vegan Gyros I ordered, you could hardly tell the difference.Not merely a vegan Gyros: a GOOD Gyros,PERIOD. However, they are not content with merely replicating. They only do it when it really makes sense. Most of the menu is made up of creative re-interpretations. A lot of dishes are entirely the result of their own creativity. Please do not be put off by what might seem like a pricey meal. It is entirely worth it. I used to think Saf in London was the best experience so far. I had to think again. This is an absolute must.

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