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The Gate Restaurant Hammersmith

51 Queen Caroline Street, London, United Kingdom, W6 9QL
Critics Review 12/20
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OPEN MONDAY TO SUNDAY

LUNCH 12:00-2:30PM (last orders)

DINNER 6-10.30PM (last orders)

SATURDAY 5-10.30PM (last orders)

Facilities
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Families and Children Welcome

About The Gate Restaurant Hammersmith

Adrian and Michael Daniel have been running London’s most successful vegetarian restaurant since 1989 and opened their third restaurant, The Gate Seymour Place in December 2016.

"The food we serve is the food of our childhood, modulated by French and Italian influences. When we opened the Gate, we had had no formal training, we were just a couple of guys who knew what we liked to eat, but we knew that food was sacred and should be celebrated.
At the restaurant, we try to do just that: celebrate the food. This means, amongst other things, that we source our ingredients with care; we intensify flavour by careful cooking and by combining ingredients in unexpected ways. We try to make our dishes as visually pleasing as possible; and we try and do this in a fun and relaxed way.
We started with passion and creativity and we maintain that passion and creativity today."

Cuisine: International, Vegetarian
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Price point: $ $
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Critics Review
Review by Andy Hayler
12/20
In September 2013 the Gate re-opened after a refurbishment. Finding the place can be a challenge: you walk from Hammersmith down a side street next to the Apollo theatre, and there is an entrance gate on the left shared with a separate business. Walk along the path, turn right and ahead of you is a building. To the right of this is the entrance to the restaurant, which is up a flight of stairs. The new dining room, set in a former artist’s studio, is bright, with a picture window to one side and a room with wooden floor, black tables and chairs but no tablecloths. The menu is entirely vegetarian, just as it always has been since it opened in 1989. Brothers Adrian and Michael Daniel are the owners, the head chef at the Gate being Mariusz Wegrodzki. Mariusz started working at The Gate in 2000, and has been head chef since 2006. Starters ranged in price from £5.50 to £9, main courses £12.25 to £15.50, side dishes £3.50 to £5 and desserts £5.50 to £9. The wine list started at £18.75 and went up to £58, with wines such as Little Yering Pinot Noir 2011 at £26 for a wine that you can find in the high street for £11, Carrick Unravelled Pinot Noir 2011 at £36 for a wine that retails at £13, and Bishop Glaetzer Shiraz 2010 priced at £58 for a wine that you can find in a shop for £24. Wasabi potato cake was prettily presented, stuffed with ginger, chilli and pan-fried shiitake mushrooms, with pickled ginger, mouli and seaweed salsa on the side. The spiciness was controlled, the mushrooms nicely cooked, the pickled ginger enlivening the potato (easily 13/20). Saffron ravioli was filled with ricotta, beetroot, walnuts and basil, garnished with dried cherry tomatoes and watercress and with a sage cream sauce. The pasta was a little crispy at the edges but the filling worked well, the sage flavour a little dominant (12/20). Apple and fig crumble had reasonable figs, apple that was just a touch undercooked, the crumble pleasant and with good custard with plenty of flecks of vanilla visible; however having strawberries and raspberries on the side in, er, January did not add anything useful and shows a worrying lack of seasonality (12/20). Coffee was from Drury and was pleasant. The bill, with just water to drink, came to £34 per person. Service was reasonable, though I was surprised that the waiter did not even know the name of the head chef (who was not, anyhow, present). This was a pleasant enough meal, the dishes attractively presented and quite well made, showing that you do not need a hunk of protein in order to produce an appealing plate of food. If you drank a modest wine then the bill would be about £50 a head.
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Visited On Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The flavours of your dishes were exceptional - all the ingredients were singing on the plate. Nice wine list. Lovely respectful and friendly service And the atmosphere was relaxed amd warm but also sophisticated. Liked the toilet decor and it was clean and fragrant. (Something often overlooked!) We will be back!

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Visited On Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The best veggie restaurant in London - hands down.

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Visited On Monday, 17 April 2017

As reliable as ever amd very accommodating

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Visited On Monday, 17 April 2017

Shockingly bad on this day and we have been many times but would not return bad service indifferent food

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Visited On Wednesday, 22 March 2017

This was our first visit to the Gate Restaurant and we greatly enjoyed it. The cuisine was imaginative, tasty and substantial, the service prompt and friendly, and the setting, in Sir Frank Brangwyn's former studio with its high walls and window curving over into the roof, superb.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 April 2017

Always a pleasure to dine with you guys! Love that you keep our favourites on the menu and mix it up with interesting new dishes to try. Until next time...

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Visited On Thursday, 13 April 2017

Fantastic food All 3 of us had an excellent experience.

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Visited On Monday, 10 April 2017

We love the Gate and we always come before a concert at the Apollo, but I miss the vegan banoffee pie! I was hoping the recipe would be in either of the cook books, but sadly not. I have dreams about this pie, as being dairy and egg white intolerant I rarely get a pudding and this was fabulous!

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