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.
Fantastic food! The pumpkin gnocchi was amazing. Nice and quiet on the weekend so easy to get a reservation. Not too expensive and easy to find. Highly recommend.
A charming hidden gem with delicious food at reasonable prices. One of very few places that has been there for many years and deserves to be there for many more.
Delicious, especially the artichoke hearts for starters. Lovely little cosy restaurant perfect for either a date or a business lunch, will definitely come again when I'm in the area.
A well thought out menu with tasty choices. Our meals were delicious and well presented. The staff kind and courteous and the prices very reasonable. Whether you are a vegetarian or not you will not be disappointed.
My party of eight were well pleased with our experience, enjoying a range of tasty and well presented dishes and a good choice of soft drinks. Main courses were quite generous so we found those sufficient with just coffees or hot chocolate to finish. The waiter was pleasant and unobtrusively efficient. The staff were unphased by the fact that several of us were rather late arriving. The room is very simple and not particularly spacious, but this didn't spoil our enjoyment. Pricing seems appropriate for the high-quality fare on offer. Some of us said we would happily return to Carnevale individually .
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.
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 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 a lovely, intimate restaurant tucked away down a street near Barbican. The service was friendly and the food was really very good. We had the ravioli starter which was delicious and then shared the felafel with harrisa and hummus and the potato cakes. We left full and very happy!