Cook Sister

“Many moons ago when I first arrived in London, I worked briefly in Hammersmith. It was a ridiculously long commute but the job was fun and my colleagues were great – and it was one of them who introduced me to The Gate.  Tucked in behind the Hammersmith Apollo in the shadow of the rather unlovely Hammersmith flyover, it amazed me with its fresh, airy space and truly inspired vegetarian food.  Owners Adrian and Michael Daniel’s menu relied heavily on Middle Eastern and Mediterranean ingredients and was made up of dishes based on childhood memories of their Indo-Iraqi Jewish heritage, with touches of contemporary French and Italian influences.  But Hammersmith these days is just too far for me to venture for dinner, so I was thrilled to discover that a second outpost had opened in Islington near the Sadler’s Wells theatre in 2012, and they recently invited me to dinner to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary this year.”


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