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An invigoratingly inventive and "incredibly busy" veggie veteran set in a converted artist’s studio behind the Hammersmith Apollo, The Gate is accessed via a labyrinth of courtyards, hallways and
staircases. Following its 2013 refurb, the pale-hued dining room now seems brighter and lighter than before with its big picture windows, a high vaulted ceiling and one wall artily decorated with a
collage of wooden blocks. Meanwhile, the kitchen continues to scour the globe for "subtly flavoured", eclectic ideas with a refreshing seasonal bias – think pickled fennel and cucumber tagliatelle
with pomegranate molasses, red chard and mint or sweet potato and sweetcorn tortillas with goats’ cheese, baked beetroot, guacamole and black bean salsa. There are mezze platters and creative
salads too, plus mainstream desserts such as bitter chocolate tart with vanilla-poached pear. The excellent wine list is also worth a splurge.
A few weeks back, I attended the reopening of The Gate in Hammersmith after it had closed for a refit. It had been a few years since my last (and only other) visit to stalwart of the vegetarian dining scene, I was pleased to discover the same high standards and a still tasty menu.Me, I’m a total carnivore. But I must admit sometimes the most interesting meals for me are the ones that don’t rely on meat. The Gate does veggie cuisine right, and no matter no dietary prefs or concerns there’s a strong chance you’ll leave the restaurant feeling satisfied and glad to have dining there (without feeling all bogged...
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