Miranda’s Notebook, London Food – The Gate, Islington

London Food – The Gate, Islington

When I had the opportunity to try out The Gate Vegetarian Restaurant in Islington, I leapt at the chance, as I’d read so many rave reviews of it in the past. First opened in 1989, The Gate has long been topping the lists of the best vegetarian restaurants in London, and I was soon to find out why!

The Gate Restaurant’s original branch is in Hammersmith, but as well as the Islington location, it’s opening a Marylebone branch in December, which is super news for me as Marylebone Village is always a favourite area of mine.The Islington branch is a large, attractive space, with plenty of natural light streaming in from from a wall of windows.

We tried: miso glazed aubergine (my favourite!), three lentil pate terrine, hazelnut and honey crusted goat cheese with beetroot carpaccio, couscous fritters with a Moroccan style carrot puree and a three onion tart. Everything tasted so fresh and flavourful and looked so pretty on the plate (I always think food should be pleasing to the eye, as well as the stomach!). The miso glazed aubergine was the standout for me: the mix of sweet and salty was just right, and the scattering of nuts and sesame on the top gave a pleasing contrast in texture to the meltingly soft aubergine.

Apart from the food, what really stood out for me at The Gate was the exceptionally good service. All the staff were so friendly, knowledgable and attentive, which added a great deal to the pleasurable experience of our meal. The quality of service can sometimes be a little hit-and-miss in London, so it was really refreshing to be in a restaurant where the staff hit just the right note.

John and I agreed that we’d both had the most lovely lunch, and if you find yourself in Islington, Hammersmith or (from December!) Marylebone, then I definitely suggest planning a meal at The Gate.

I would equally recommend the restaurant for a quick, working lunch break, as well as more leisurely meal in the day or evening. There is a shorter lunch menu that is offered, which lists extremely reasonable dishes (£7-£8.50) that are ideal for a healthy, satisfying mid-day meal if you work in the area and fancy popping out for your lunch break. The Islington branch is where I’ll be booking for a pre or post theatre supper next time I’ve got tickets to see a show at Sadler’s Wells or The Almeida.

I would also suggest The Gate Vegetarian Restaurants as ideal places to book if you’re planning a meal with friends who you know have specific dietary requirements. With a flexible menu and wonderful service, you’ll all be guaranteed to enjoy a lovely meal (even the die-hard meat eaters amongst you!).

For the full review please head over here: http://mirandasnotebook.com/london-food-gate-islington/

Food Goblin Visits The Gate, Hammersmith

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.

For the full review please head over here: http://www.foodgoblin.com/review-the-gate-hammersmith/

A Marvellous Vegetarian Dinner At The Gate, Islington

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“In recent years, vegetarian food has had something of a renaissance and what with a plethora of vegetarian and vegan restaurants having opened in London over the past few years, I was most intrigued when The Gate was brought to my attention recently, as I’d never heard of it. With two locations – Hammersmith and Islington – The Gate was established back in 1989, and yet it seems to be relatively under-the-radar when it comes to London’s healthy foodie scene.

Think of veggie restaurants in the capital and Mildred’s comes to my mind initially (totally go if you haven’t already). But after my visit to The Gate last week, I can’t for the life of me understand why it’s less well-known. The restaurant is big but it was absolutely packed with a mixed crowd of all ages. The interior is simple but stylish, and the candles on the tables created a lovely cosy atmosphere. I’m all about those cosy autumn evenings.

It’s creative, high-quality, beautiful-presented and utterly delicious vegetarian fare, proving that you absolutely don’t need meat for a satisfying meal.

I’ll definitely be back!”


Going Veggie At The Gate

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Welcome to The Gate. It’s a gorgeous sun-drenched dining room located down in Hammersmith (there’s also one in Islington) which caters especially for veggies. Owned and run by Michael and Oliver Daniel since 1989, it’s arguably London’s most successful veggie restaurant, but their menu aims to please meat-eaters too rather than simply catering for the converted.

The restaurant itself is bright and modern with dark wood tables, sun light streaming in and potted plants at every turn. When the sun goes down, it has a cosy feel with candles lit at every table and a warm glow from the industrious bulbs which hang from overhead.

And the menu? Well no surprise the offering is completely meat-free. Instead there’s a wide selection of dishes with influences from Indian, Arabian and Jewish cuisines – and not a single meat substitute in sight.

Starters-wise, there’s plenty of choice but the slow-roasted leek tart (£6) was a favourite. A sizeable portion which would be perfect for lunch or as a light dinner, it was tightly packed with leek, Swiss cheese and a fresh salad of raw beetroot and sprouting lentils.

The Miso Glazed aubergine (£8) was a dish I wanted to love. I really did. Every review I’ve read raved and sung about it but for me it was just too sickly and the texture mushy – even with the crunch from the peanuts.

While I’m still not sold on waving goodbye to meat forever, my mini foray into the world of vegetarian cooking has been enjoyable and I’d recommend giving The Gate a try if a) you already are veggie or b) you’re curious!



The Gate Restaurant – Ambitious About Autism

The-team-smallCharity, as the old adage goes, begins at home and doing good is something I’ve grown up believing in. You’d have to have some reason to set up a vegetarian restaurant business in London nearly 30 years ago with absolutely zero experience and less money! Anyway, fast forward to a couple of years ago and I was discussing with my (now) Director of Business, John Page about how to get really hands on with a charity and I wasn’t talking about writing a cheque.

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