Sunday, 21 September 2014

Vegetarian Cuisine: The Gate Restaurant Review || Places To Eat

Vegetarian Cuisine at it's Finest

A couple of months ago my friend Dani asked if I would accompany her for dinner as she was doing a review.  I wanted to know where we were going before I said yes she laughed and said “it’s a surprise”  I don’t know about you, but I  love surprises and I love eating out so I said “Yes”  – we were going to be dining at The Gate in Hammersmith a vegetarian restaurant.

Brothers Adrian and Michael Daniel owners of The Gate have been running London’s most successful vegetarian restaurant since December 1989. The food reflects their cultural background in which they grew up in, a mixer of Arabic, Indian and Jewish with a French & Italian influence– to tantalise your taste buds, and boy were mine tantalised.

The dining room had good lighting, clean with cool wooden artistry on the wall, tables were not too cluttered together considering the area wasn’t the largest of rooms.

Pic from The Gate Restaurant Website

We started off with the Mezze Platter – A selection of the starters on the menu based on two people sharing, minus the soup of the day & the Courgette flower.

The platter looked fantastic

Beetroot Ravioli – Roasted and shaved beetroot filled with goats cheese, caramelised apple and walnuts, served with heritage beetroots, watercress and basil & celery granite. It was simply divine, sweet beets with a creamy soft centre from the goats cheese, I’m not a fan of goats cheese but it was really heavenly the favours were amazing. I wanted more.

Leek, Trompette and Stilton Tart – baked with crème fraiche custard, served with crispy leaves and red pepper tapenande. This had the Wow factor for me and my favourite of all of them. It really had my taste buds jumping for joy, I’d never thought I eat something that had stilton, as I have always been afraid of eating it because of the way it looked and smelled but I tell you, you really couldn’t taste it, it was so mild, went well with the crispy crust, I’m a lover of pastry and the crust was amazing.

Japanese rolls – Smoked tofu, shiitake mushrooms, roasted red pepper, grilled courgette rolled in cos lettuce and served with wasabi miso dressing and pickled ginger. This was my least favourite of the starters, I think it was because it was cold and the Wasabi was too much for me, it set my nose on fire.

Arancini a’la Contadina – Deep fried risotto dumplings filled with peas, fava beans and mint, served with sun dried tomato pesto. Crispy on the outside yet soft and chewy on the inside, very tasty.

Halloumi Kibi – Roasted halloumi skewer in tikka marinade with courgette, peppers and red onions with chickpea salsa and harrisa. The parsley and tomato salsa was on point, chickpeas were a little on the hard side but I enjoyed it non the less. Halloumi was cooked to perfection and not too chewy.

It was then time for the main course, we both went for the Thali on the recommend from the manager Tarka dhal, steamed basmati rice, spiced okra and potatoes, carrot and cashew nut pakora, tomato, cucumber, red onion, and mint salsa, pear chutney and a crisp papadum and a side of Triple cooked sweet potato with schoog. 

This dish definitely had that Asian influence, it was so flavourful, with some great spices going on. I loved the dhal, in fact I loved everything on the plate.

At this pot we were full and really couldn’t eat another morsel but you cannot go out for dinner and not have a dessert... Now do we choose one or a selection? Well we decided to go for the mezze - a selection from the desserts menu, it would be rude not too.

Lime & Lemongrass posset - with star anaise shortbread. Thick & tangy shot, delish with the shortbread biscuit.

Pressed chocolate & lavender torte -Served with crème fraiche. The favours was rather strong for my taste buds, the lavender really over powered this dessert, my least favourite of the five.

Pineapple, pear and chilli crumble –Served with crème anglaise or vegan Chantilly cream Was expecting some hotness but didn't get that at all, would of loved to have tasted the chilli more. 

Brioche blueberry and white chocolate butter pudding – Served with blueberry compote Absolutely loved the texture and the overall taste my absolute favorite.

Summer pudding – Served with homemade mango and banana kulfi, Fresh & fruity.

I finished off with a pot of green tea before we shuffled out the restaurant feeling content and satisfied.

Overall Experience

I will certainly be going back, as the food, presentation and service was impeccable. I would definitely recommend to visit even if you're not a vegetarian.

You can visit The Gate Restaurant at

51 Queen Caroline Street
W6 9QL

or Islington Branch

370 St John Street

* All pictures are my own other than the one stated.

For more information, visit the website here, you can also follow them on Facebook & Twitter.

Disclaimer:  I dined here as a guest this is not a sponsored post and no money has been exchanged. All reviews and opinions are entirely mine own.


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