A few weeks back, I attended the reopening of The Gate in Hammersmith after it had closed for a refit. It had been a few years since my last (and only other) visit to stalwart of the vegetarian dining scene, I was pleased to discover the same high standards and a still tasty menu.
Me, I’m a total carnivore. But I must admit sometimes the most interesting meals for me are the ones that don’t rely on meat. The Gate does veggie cuisine right, and no matter no dietary prefs or concerns there’s a strong chance you’ll leave the restaurant feeling satisfied and glad to have dining there (without feeling all bogged down or bloated).
To get an idea of the menu, consider this especially noteworthy main course I had during my recent visit: a spicy corn and polenta cake (seasoned with chilli, coriander and thyme, pan-fried and served with sweet potato, grilled aubergine, oven-dried tomato and spiced pickled fennel, finished with red pepper, black bean salsa and a coriander and lime dressing, £12.75).
Beyond sharing my recommendation to try The Gate for its wholesome and inventive food, I’d also like to take this opportunity to give a shout out the lovely server, Aurora, who was gracious and efficient and made an other perfectly enjoyable dining experience a sheer delight.
If you’re still looking round for a great place for a Christmas function, consider The Gate. Its festive season menu features yummy sounding treats such as wasabi potato cakes with a seaweed salsa; aubergine schnitzel with Applewood smoked cheddar; and chocolate and chestnut torte with caramelized kumquats.
The Gate is located at 51 Queen Caroline Street, W6 9QL. There’s a sister restaurant at St John St near Angel as well (I’m sure it’s swell too but can’t vouch for it). Find out more at thegaterestaurants.com.