Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Dinner at The Gate Restaurant London Islington


The city of London is a haven for dining out, you will find all the cuisines of the world in every nook and cranny. I do enjoy eating out but I am fairly choosy with where I eat as being a vegetarian it's sometimes difficult to get a large choice of dishes on the menu, usually you are limited to  3-4 dishes where my carnivore friends have the whole menu to choose from.

On my recent visit to London with a food blogger friend Heidi from Heidi Roberts Kitchen Talk, we visited The Gate Restaurant, a vegetarian restaurant near Angel station. I had heard a lot about the The Gate Restaurant so I was very excited to actually get the opportunity to visit. The restaurant is tastefully decorated and has a nice lively ambiance. It was pretty busy even though it was a Tuesday night, there was a steady stream of diners which is always a good indication for a restaurant.





We were greeted by a lovely waitress and were seated at a window table. (Natural lightening is perfect for food photography!!)  We opted for soft drinks although there was a large range of wines on offer. The menu had a lot of choices, which made it difficult to decide as all the dishes sounded great.


The summer evening had rather turned chilly so, I settled for the Sweet potato, coconut and chilli soup whilst heidi chose the Pickled Asian Salad. I really enjoyed the soup which was served with a lovely char grilled piece of bread. The flavours were sweet with a hint of chilli, it was rich and creamy. Heidi's salad looked tasty too.


For the main course Heidi ordered the Aubergine Teriyaki with sweet potato wedges . I decided to order the Sweetcorn and Cilantro fritter with some sweet potato wedges too.


The Sweetcorn and cilantro fritter was served with a black bean, roast pepper and grilled corn on the cob salsa with chargrilled mediterranean vegetables and Guacamole. The dish was beautifully presented and looked really looked appetizing. 


I particularly liked the salsa which was nicely flavoured, tangy and spicy with a hint of chilli. I was slightly less impressed with the fritter as I did find the fritter too large and because of the size a little doughy inside. I think it would have prefered if they had served 3 mini fritters instead of one large one to ensure a less doughy texture. The mediterranean vegetables and the guacamole were delicious 
too.

The sweet potato wedges were cooked to perfection, crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. They were served with a creamy garlic and chive sour cream. They were rather delicious.


For dessert, there was a really good selection but I settled for something light. My choice of three mini scoops of mixed ice cream was certainly the perfect choice. The mixed ice cream flavours were lemon curd, vanilla and strawberry.The ice cream was refreshing and really delicious especially the lemon curd flavour, which I could have easily eaten another helping of. Heidi chose The Eton Mess, it looked equally mouthwatering and I am sure Heidi really enjoyed the love summer freshness it exuded.

We both skipped on coffee as we wanted to savour the taste of the desserts which were delectable.






































In all it was a really enjoyable meal, with great service and tasty food.I would most certainly visit again as The Gate Restaurant has another branch in Hammersmith too.

Heidi and I were guests at The Gate Restaurant, all the views and opinions are of my own experience of the meal.

You can read what Heidi thought here:

22 comments:

  1. Wow what a wonderful looking dinner, that soup looks very welcoming. I'll have to add this to my London 'to visit' list!

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  2. Good you skipped the coffee. The desserts looks delicious.

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  3. Wow, what a lovely restaurant! I love the sound of Aubergine Teriyaki with sweet potato wedges. I also love a good tangy salsa and the one you mention sounds right up my street! It sounds like you and Heidi had a lot of fun :) xx

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  4. Everything looks delicious.

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  5. What a beautiful restaurant! I've never been to London before (unless you count a layover at the airport). Those foods are so beautiful! They have fantastic plating presentation. That sweet potato soup looks amazing! I'd love to find a recipe for that one.

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  6. This looks like such a lovely restaurant! All the food looks wonderful and I really like that they serve sweet potato wedges - my favourite!

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  7. The dishes sound mouth watering and the presentation is pretty too. Looks like a good place for all tastes xx

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  8. I'm recently only eating veggie and seafood so this is a great find! Aubergine teriyaki sounds awesome! x

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  9. I've not heard of The Gate before but food looks really lovely. I would definitely order what you did. Great choice!

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  10. Food envy!!!! It all looks great! I will have to check it out when I am in London next!

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  11. I've never been to The Gate Restaurant, it's nice to see plenty of gluten free options on the menu. I must look it up next time we're in London.

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  12. I've wanted to go to the Gate for YEARS! It all looks so yummy. I'm not sure I'd be able to choose from an entirely vegetarian menu though!

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  13. (meaning, I'm not used to having so much choice!!)

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  14. I am salivating just looking at all the pictures of the food. I am loving the sweat potatoe soup and the wedges too.

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  15. I love The Gate Restaurant. It's a shame we didn't know you were going as we were down. We never made it there for a meal this time. Our time went so fast.

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  16. It all sounds lovely, I love the look of your soup! :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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  17. Soup is like my favourite food ever. It looks so yummy!

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  18. Sounds like somewhere to visit on my next trip to London. Those fritters sound amazing!!

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  19. Oh I love vegetarian food - this place looks amazing, and the food delicious. Great review. Kaz x

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  20. I am always looking for new veggie restaurants and the sweetcorn fritters look so tasty!

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  21. It sounds and looks like that had a great selection of food and the presentation looks beautiful x

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  22. Sounds like a really nice place to enjoy a chilled evening meal :) That sweet potato soup looks so comforting and delish!

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