El Piano York

Address: 15-17 Grape Lane, York, YO1 7HU, England
Telephone: +44 1904 610676

- Mid-range

4.5

A wonderful vegetarian restaurant that even a carnivore like me finds hard to resist.

I highly rate this little place and am certainly no happier then when engulfed by small dishes offering a fiesta of global tastes, textures and colours. Amid the boho atmosphere, this is good place for a first date with sharing platters and tightly packed tables providing plenty of chances to break the ice and get to know each other.

Food and drink
4.4
90%
Service
4.2
90%
Food and drink
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.7
90%
Ambience
4.2
90%
Location
4.6
90%

Food and drink

Approved by the vegetarian and vegan society as being well as nut and gluten free, the food here is an affordable meat and fish free journey around the menus of Latin America, India and the Middle East all created on the premises and served tapas style. A choice of herbal teas along with shakes, smoothies bottled beers and wine by the carafe all help to jolly things along.

Recommended dishes

When I last visited I went for the excellent baba ganoush with blinis followed by corn fritters, dhal and falafels from a choice of 12 options which came to the table in a collection of dinky wooden trays.

Ambience

Light jazz, soul and salsa music set the tone over two floors and onto the terrace during the summer months. Quite cramped and never too far from the open kitchen, downstairs is a colourful affair dripping with artisan crafts for sale.

Service

Relaxed and informal, the small collection of affable staff seems to keep everything under control, even during busy periods.

Location

Situated on Grape Lane slap bang in the epicentre of York and all its attractions.

Price advice

Priced at £12.95 a main course of three dishes accompanied by rice is good value as are the appetisers priced £4.00-£6.00. A set menu for two or three people is even more affordable at £30.00. Bottles of wine start from a very reasonable £13.00.

Tables to book

In winter secure one of the tables by the window overlooking Grape Lane and in summer make for the rear terrace.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Singles
  • Shopping
  • Trendiness
  • Art
  • History
  • Design and architecture

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