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.
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