This Marylebone-based eatery is part of The Gate’s burgeoning empire (behind some of the best vegetarian restaurants in London), 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 the unpolished postmodern cool of its white-painted brick walls, exposed pipes on the ceiling, and polished fine-dining of its plush green banquettes, and varnished wooden floor with a handsome marble bar-top marrying it all together. A bar-top which they’re putting to good use too, it should be said…
Always international in it’s approach, but changing with the season, the Spring menu sees dishes like Korean fried cauliflower with sesame and lime dip; avocado & beetroot tartare with a lilliput caper, shallot and cider vinaigrette; and aubergine schnitzel with Applewood smoked cheddar, basil pesto, roasted red peppers and plum tomatoes. For dessert they’ve got a rather indulgent chocolate & orange mousse, with a spiced orange sauce; a show-stopping sticky toffee pudding with honeycomb ice cream and caramel sauce; and a rather beautiful tiramisu.
Head down there on the weekend, you can score yourself a little brunch, courtesy of a menu with banana and berry pancakes, Huevos Rancheros, and even a Full English with butter bean sausages. Oh, and that bar? Is serving up classic cocktails running from a raspberry Bellini to a marg with jalapeño infused tequila.
Which they’ve somehow managed to keep meat-free, too.
NOTE: The Gate is open now. They have two other branches, in Hammersmith and 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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