A gem of a restuarant
Posted on 02 / 19 / 2013
We've now been to The Gate at least 6 times in the past 6 months and it's quickly becoming one of our favourites for meals out with friends and family.
The Gate is in a really good location just minutes from Angel Tube station and the bars and nightlife of Islington. It's also handily located for Sadler's Wells theatre (I think a pre-theatre dining option is available)
The dining area is well appointed and large. The layout and decor are reminisicent of restaurants I've been to in Seattle and San Francisco. It definitely creates a relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere.
The menu isn't vast but changes regularly and mixes creative flair with some well-loved classics (eg: Thai and Morrocan dishes). There are usually a couple of vegan options with a couple more that can be veganised. We've always found the food of the highest quality and the portion size good (Our all-time favourite starter were the stuffed courgette flowers!)
If you opt for the bread, you'll be delighted with a varied selection of different breads (from pumpernickel to olive ciabatta) and some dipping oil.
The vegan options on the dessert menu could be more adventurous - a minor quibble as I'm always stuffed by the time dessert comes round!
In the evening, booking is essential in our opinion - especially if there is more than 2 in your party.
The service is friendly and efficient. Some of our servers have been better than others but it's always been at the best end of service for veggie London restuarants. On the odd occasion when we've witnessed an unhappy diner, the host/manager dealt with the situation calmly and professionally.
Service is very efficient, and although you can see the food being prepared fresh within the restaurant, you won't have to wait very long to dig in!
The Gate is a fantastic restaurant that maintains its consistency for amazing food, great service and an elegant atmosphere. I can't recommend The Gate enough and is a brilliant place to take non-veggie friends and family who quickly forget that they are in a cruelty-free environment :)
This place is a must-see/do as part of any London itinerary!
Food, Location, Atmosphere/service
More vegan options would be good