Vegetarian dining at its best: Carnivale offers great Mediterranean food from Tabouleh to salads and sandwiches. Trust us: This is some very inspired cooking taking place on Whitecross Street. No surprise that Carnivale were able to quickly gain a loyal following among the many that are looking for light and healthy food in London. Come by and try some of the best Mediterranean food you’ve had in a long time. Or, even better, have it delivered to your desk: There’s a delivery service during lunchtime.
Easily one of our favourites: Carnevale on Whitecross Street is a charming and quiet vegetarian
restaurant, quite a rarity in a City full of flashy chains, distinguished by some of the best cooking,
whether it be vegetarian or carnivorous, in the area. The use and combination of ingredients is
imaginative and brings out the most delicate of flavours. Lemon gives a tang to goat's cheese tart,
passion fruit adds a sweet freshness to a sensuous chocolate mousse.
At Carnevale you may well encounter the most delicious artichokes you’ve ever tasted, in another of their savoury tarts. Excellent organic wine complements the food. The smallness of the interior space is off set by the tiny glass-roofed courtyard. Unspoilt by taped music, Carnevale on Whitecross Street is a natural meeting-place for talking to friends while savouring the food.
Perfect place to enjoy great veggie food cooked with care. Delicious curry, friendly and efficient service and a few minutes from the Barbican - will definitely be returning.
Delicious food, as ever. Big portions! two mezze starters were more than enough for three of us and we could not finish them. The main courses which followed were amazing. Will definitely return.
Fantastic food! Such a great place will definitely visit again soon. Will also recommend this place to all my veggie friends as they must visit
Very friendly and helpful staff explained the vegan options on the menu perfectly to me. Great food - I had the stuffed young artchokes followed by the home made sausages and Colecannon. Finding the later on a vegan menu was a real result as getting vegan potato based dishes is quite challenging. The white wine (house was a little to sharp and crisp for my tastes, so I'd try something else next time. The restaurant is also very cramped, but if you like the intimate dining experience with your partner (and others!), this place is for you. All in all - hand crafted, great tasting veggi and vegan food at a reasonable price.
The restaurant was completely empty at lunch which I think was due to the food market happening just outside (and Carnevale was fully participating in it with their own stand, so emptiness was definitely not a bad thing). Service was a bit slow but that's probably due to the food market again. We had felafel and risotto, and it was delicious. The aubergine sauce would melt in my mouth. Will be back for more.
The food at Carnevale is still pretty good, the bread and butter pudding is outstanding. I first went to Carnevale about 20 years ago and very little has changed in decor or menu. It needs a little tlc to make it a warmer, more welcoming ambience. The staff were friendly and accommodating.
Another wonderful experience at Carnevale. The staff were friendly, humorous and charming. The food, as ever, was absolutely delicious - this time it was a Valentine's menu that was both affordable and varied. I can't recommend this place highly enough, and we make a point of visiting regularly!
Carnevale is one of those restaurants where you realise (usually) only when the food arrives what a great decision you made to eat there. It's a place where substance trumps style: the focus on flavours is what makes it so good.
I started with pumpkin gnocchi in roasted garlic cream, which was the most delicious sauce of its type that I have ever tasted. My main course was a chickpea, lentil and spinach curry which was exactly the right intensity, Washed down with an organic red wine and followed by Americano coffee with soya milk. A perfect meal, reasonably priced and attentively served, in delightful premises.
This is a really lovely little veggie restaurant, great food, friendly and attentive service, with several GF options which really suited my friend who is both veggie and needs GF. Only disappointment was that there was no separate GF bread, ie needed to be separate from the other bread as if it touches ordinary bread it is no good for my friend. A small point but only thing to be improved.