Review- The Gate, Hammersmith
The Gate has been one of London’s most successful vegetarian restaurants since 1989, run by Adrian and Michael Daniel and now with branches too in Islington and Marble Arch (opening December 1st 2016). Seriously, the place is an institution and will be the first name dropped if you ask anyone for recommended vegetarian restaurants. Besides being highly rated by all, they’re doing some great things in the ethical space. In June they were the first restaurant in the UK to be named ‘autism friendly’ by the National Autistic Society – they offer a pre-visit guide with pictures explaining step by step how to make a reservation, travel to the restaurant and enjoy and pay for the meal, as well as an ingredients guide. Really impressive stuff.
Food wise, the style is a queer sounding blend of Indo-Iraqi Jewish meets French and Italian, and I decided to try it a few weeks ago at their Hammersmith site.
The restaurant itself is lovely – down a little residential street and right behind the Apollo theatre – with high ceilings, massive windows, white decor and tonnes of natural light. The menu is relatively small with just 7 starters and mains and including plenty of gluten free, vegan nut free, nut free, etcetera etcetera, options, if that tickles your pickle. Starters are around £7, mains £13.
All in all, The Gate is great at what it does. The food is not just good vegetarian food, but good food in general hands down, full stop. A fully deserved London institution.