The Gate


By Laura Nickoll

Raising the bar for vegetarian food since 1989, Adrian and Michael Daniel describe their culinary approach as Indo-Iraqi Jewish and their eclectic menu at their original Hammersmith restaurant covers plenty of ground (there are two more branches in Marylebone and Islington).

What to eat? Imaginative, seasonal combinations of vegetables, seeds, fruits, pulses and grains – there’s nothing formulaic here –appear in appealing hot and cold dishes finished off with a salsa, perhaps, a drizzle of umami Asian sauce or a sprinkle of toasted nuts. There’s plenty for vegans, too, and mercifully no sign of stodgy meat substitutes: ‘sausage’ on the compelling brunch menu is made of smoked butter beans.

Pipsqueak tip Children can tuck into braised beluga lentil cottage pie, potato and Cheddar croquettes or beetroot and quinoa burger from the Kids’ Menu, which includes a glass of cordial and ice cream, or perhaps share the popular mezze platter.

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Islington, Greater London EC1V 4NN
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