If you’re a carnivore, and someone invites you to a vegetarian restaurant, don’t take offence.
Take a gate.
The Gate, to be specific. Because this Marylebone-based vegetarian restaurant is serving some of the finest meat-less dishes in the capital, and is, quite frankly, of a high enough standard to be judged on its merits as a place to get good food, rather than just good greenery.
The space itself draws a well-balanced line between unpolished postmodern cool (white-painted brick walls, exposed pipes on the ceiling), and polished fine-dining (plush green banquettes, a varnished wooden floor), with a marble bartop marrying it all together. Of course, what it’s all about is,
You’ll find miso-glazed aubergines with ponzu sauce or wild garlic buffalo mozzarella with heritage tomatoes, & marjoram oil on the starters. Then there are mains like Rotolo (pommes dauphinoises filled with heritage roasted beetroot, goat’s cheese, on a bed of Jerusalem artichoke puree), and wild mushroom risotto cake with a lemon truffle dressing. And for dessert? Things stay interesting with a huge Chocolate Yo-Yo (seriously, it’s a yo-yo made with dark chocolate mousse, caramel & hot chocolate sauce), and a rhubarb Eton mess with vegan meringues.
And if you head down there on the weekend, you can score yourself a little brunch, courtesy of a menu with vegan pancakes, shakshuka, and even a Full English with butter bean sausages.
In case you can’t quite shed all your links to being a carnivore.
NOTE: The Gate is open now. They have two other branches, in Hammersmith & Islington. You can book a table, and find out more at their website right HERE.
The Gate | 22-24 Seymour Place, W1H 7NL
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