The Gate - Seymour Place

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22-24 Seymour Place, Marylebone, West London, England, W1H 7NL

Vegetarian and vegan cuisine with French and Italian influences. Third of The Gate restaurants. Focus on healthy food. Brunch on weekends from 9am-4pm. Open Mon-Fri 12:00pm-10:00pm, Sat 9:00am-10:00pm, Sun 9:00am-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Middle Eastern, Israeli

14 Reviews

First Review by VeganAnnaS

Mind-blowing... but inconsistent - Edit

The Gate is like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're gonna get. When it's at the top of its game, it is absolutely outstanding and definitely 5 stars. But based upon my experiences it's inconsistent.

Something that does seem to be consistent is the amazing quality of the desserts. The dark chocolate snowball is pure chocolate indulgence and one of the best things I've ever eaten. I would also recommend the brownie and cappuccino cheesecake. These are the desserts my dreams are made of and they quickly put to rest tired tropes of boring vegan food.

When done properly, the miso glazed aubergine is succulent and tender (and one of my favourite things to eat), but irritatingly sometimes it isn't cooked enough to get it to this level. The Thai red curry is very flavoursome and the polenta chips with the basil mayo are satiating.

Whilst the food service is normally relatively fast, I once waited over an hour for brunch. Whilst the brunch is very good (I recommend the English breakfast) some of the portion sizes are half of what they really should be for brunch considering the prices (e.g. avocado Benedict).

As far as I can recall I have always had polite service here, but it tends to be understaffed. On a Monday night - my birthday - I once waited 20 mins trying to get someone's attention just to get the bill when it wasn't even that busy.

I think it's worth noting that compared with two years ago, they have vastly improved vegan options which is fantastic. I went for their Christmas banquet last December and every part of the meal was superb.

I really hope they improve consistency as it can be top notch, which kind of makes it more disappointing when it isn't.

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Amazing vegan fine dining - Edit

Love our meal here last night celebrating my other half’s birthday. Recommend booking a table as the place gets full quickly! We had three courses, all delicious and although small portions, incredibly filling and satisfying. A great place to go for a celebration! Our mains where a little cold so we sent those back but got some free polenta fries (which were amazing!) for free as an apology. Staff where lovely and accommodating and we felt well looked after. Can’t believe the chocolate bomb was vegan and gluten free - hands down the best dessert I’ve had since going vegan!

Pros: Delicious well presented food, Friendly staff

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loved so much booked two Saturdays in row - Edit

Amazing menu. Clear on menu what is vegetarian and vegan. I had vegan.. onion tart to start, red Thai curry main and chocolate brownie each time. Friend had tofu starter, tortilla main and loved it. Flawless food. Previously been to sister restaurant in Islington. Cannot fault food. But beware they charge "discretionary" 12.5 per cent service charge. I had a table at 5pm and 7.15 on Saturdays and both times charged. First time without realising I added 10per cent tip on top too.

Cons: 12.5 per cent service charge.. for quick meal at 5

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Needs to try harder. - Edit

Been here four times over the last year, hoping, alas, that the shoddy service and inconsistent food quality was an irregularity. But it's not. On my visit last week (I wasn't going to go back after a poor meal in December but a friend had booked it), after waiting 45 mins for our non-arriving starters, got up & hunted down a waiter to find out what the hold up was - only to be told that they didn't have any of what we had ordered.

Food generally was 'meh' and with so many restaurants offering great vegan options - this place really needs to pull it's socks up and staff need to, at the very least, pretend to be bothered.

Pros: None.

Cons: Consistently poor service.

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Decent food, a bit pricey - Edit

Some dishes are a little oily but overall great vegan options. Slightly pricey but lovely venue.

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great food served with style - Edit

Not only do I require vegetarian (or vegan) food, but I eat a minimum of carbs, often making my choices limited in other vegetarian restaurants, that are heavy on the rice, potatoes, other grains, etc. But at The Gate I found a choice of a number of nice dishes, and enjoyed my meal immensely. I had the Aubergine Schnitzel and the Tofu Tikka. My spouse had the soup of the day and the Green Dragon. Everything was served with a lovely presentation and was very tasty. The service is slow, but that wouldn't keep me from coming back.

Pros: great vegan food, low-carb choices, beautiful presentation

Cons: slow service

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sophisticated dining - Edit

Really good food and a lovely setting great for lunch or dinner

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Lovely gastronomic dining, rushed service though - Edit

We absolutely loved the food! Delicious, lovely combinations, and nicely presented. The meringue in the eaton mess (made from aquafaba) was perfectly crispy!

Service was very friendly, although very ‘rushed’. We had hardly started our aperitif (a small amuse geule to go along with that would have been nice) and the appetizer was already served! The main course and dessert also followed very rapidly.

More in detail review on my blog:
https://brugesvegan.com/2017/09/30/the-gate-london/

Updated from previous review on 2017-12-02

Pros: lovely food! , good value for money, relaxed atmosphere

Cons: courses followed too quick!

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Best vegan breakfast ever! - Edit

Found The Gate in a review of 10 best places to go for vegan brunch and wasn't disappointed. The vegan full English breakfast was amazing and came with great toast and homemade jam. The staff were lovely and helped us decide what to have. Would definitely go again next time we're in London.

Pros: Great food, Lovely staff , Not rushed

Cons: Slightly pricy but enjoyed it

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Nice location - Edit

We went here for lunch/brunch. The restaurant itself is very nice and the service was very good. We were, however, a bit disappointed by the food. The full English breakfast looked very nice but frankly the sausage was one of ghe worst I ever had - on the other hand the rasher were very yummy.

Pros: very nice interior and located close to Marble Arc

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Perfect for a special occasion - Edit

Have eaten at this branch and the Kings Cross one - food delicious both times! There is a great selection of interesting vegan options.

This is definitely a "special occasion" restaurant and is priced as such, but I do think the portions plus the quality are good value all the same.

Pros: Wonderful food, Great vegan options, Friendly staff

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Vegetarian Brunch - Edit

My family visited this location of The Gate for brunch. We did not know reservations are required, though the hostess found us a table in back. There are great vegan and vegetarian offerings on the brunch menu, including tofu scramble, omelettes and vegan pancakes. There is also a good selection of freshly squeezed juices and organic wines. Good veggie brunch option in London.

Pros: Ambiance, Brunch

Cons: Reservations required, Not kid friendly

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Serves brunch with good vegan options - Edit

This branch of The Gate serves brunch with several good vegan choices. I had the "Full English" which consisted of scrambled tofu and spinach, grilled tomato, mushroom, hash brown, bacon, sausage and toast.

Overall it was good, although more expensive at £12 than other vegan places doing breakfast, and the scrambled tofu lacked flavour. The hash brown, mushroom, tomato and sausage were good.

Others had the herb omelette, raw banana and flax seed pancakes, scrambled tofu and the beetroot and quinoa burger. All were reported as being good.

Pros: Serves vegan brunch, Central location

Cons: On the expensive side

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A new branch of The Gate - Edit

I really enjoy the food at The Gate restaurants. Seymour Place is their third London location and is more central (not far than Hyde Park). It has a nice atmosphere and the waitress who took our order was friendly, although they were still settling in at the new location.

Beautifully presented plates of food.  Really enjoyed the banoffee pie for dessert.

Pros: Great food, Pleasant atmosphere, Good location

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