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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 Monday, 21 August 2017

The new Zapper system of paying is excellent. Could you open in Stratford Upon Avon?

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Visited On Saturday, 19 August 2017

Food delicious and a relaxing atmosphere, 2nd time around and will return, husband who is not vege loves the food!

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Visited On Friday, 04 August 2017

My second visit for a special birthday - it is great. Even non-Vegans or non-Vegetarians love it. Highly recommended!

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Visited On Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Excellent evening...thank you. I am not a vegetarian but my dinner date is; she had no idea we were going to a totally vegetarian restaurant so was very surprised! We both thorougly enjoyed our meals! I am sure it will not be our last visit.

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Visited On Monday, 07 August 2017

Expected more - food was nice but for the price and the hype expected much more.

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Visited On Sunday, 06 August 2017

Couldn't have been better! The food was amazing, the staff was attentive, friendly but not overbearing. We had a lovely time! Just a shame you do not offer the brunch option that other branches do 😊

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Visited On Tuesday, 01 August 2017

Beautifully understated in its simplicity there are no fancy, 'funky' items of decor. Everything is well presented, subtle and leaves you to focus on the important bit....,.the fresh, delicious and stunning food.

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Visited On Tuesday, 01 August 2017

A great evening with excellent food, wine and service - as always. Only downside which I've noticed before and my fellow guests comment upon last night - the acoustics are bad and its very difficult to hear each other (we were a party of 5) when the restaurant is busy. Is there something you could do to rectify this without spoiling the lovely space?

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Visited On Tuesday, 01 August 2017

Perfect pre show donner

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Visited On Sunday, 30 July 2017

Excellent menu, was very impressed with the options available, definitely not your standard vegetarian fare. Have already recommended to friends, and will surely be returning soon!

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Visited On Thursday, 27 July 2017

Lovely lunch out with colleagues. One colleague even claimed the tomato soup was the best she's ever had! Thank you for a lovely meal.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 July 2017

We had dinner here as a party of 5 to celebrate my graduation. The whole evening was great. There is so much choice on the menu it's difficult to decide on just one thing. We ended up sharing much of our meal with the whole table so that we could try a bit of everything. They made the evening extra special with desert writing congratulations in chocolate! Great service if a little slow at times, lovely location and atmosphere and incredible food. Would 100% recommend!

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Fantastic group meal!! Service was efficient, very patient and extremely kind. Only minor thing is that it can get a little noisy when it's full, can be more difficult to have a calm conversation.

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Delicious and nutritious food and lovely staff who let you take all the time you needed. Very beautiful space too - you can tell it's an ex artist's studio. Would have been great to have a sugar free dessert option though.

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Lovely food. Always delicious. Served by friendly staff in a comfortable setting. I've been many times and will keep coming back.

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Visited On Tuesday, 25 July 2017

We had to wait a little while for someone to come and take our order, but overall the experience was very good. The food, as ever, was excellent.

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Visited On Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Fabulous

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Visited On Monday, 24 July 2017

Delicious food! Service could have been better though..

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Visited On Sunday, 23 July 2017

Food was absolutely first class. Personally I am not a vegetarian - chose the Gate for the benefit of my vegan daughter - but I would go back any time. Atmosphere was a bit spoiled by the fire alarm going off. Service was very good natured but one beer I ordered didn't arrive so I have mercilessly knocked off a star. As one of its reviews (roughly) says, it's not a great vegetarian restaurant, it's a great restaurant full stop.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 July 2017

The staff were extremely welcoming and pulled out allof the stops for my girlfriend who's birthday it was. The food was of an exceptional standard, and the general vibe in the restaurant was relaxed without standards dropping. Well done! Can i get a chocolate yo yo now?! ;)

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Visited On Sunday, 16 July 2017

Lovely restaurant with delicous food and varied menu. Would highly recommend it.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 July 2017

Lovely food and great location for a meal before seeing a show at the apollo

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Visited On Friday, 21 July 2017

Great veggie restaurant. A bit tucked away, so you need to know where it is before you go, but we'll worth a visit.

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 July 2017

it was a bit too loud because everything is in the same room. the service was great though, like the food. keep up the good work!

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Great vegetarian food!

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