Tucked away in gorgeous Marylebone, The Gate is the perfect spot for a candlelit dinner and could be a great option over the festive season to get away from the chaos of Christmas shopping. Although it serves exclusively vegetarian and vegan food, it is the ideal place for everyone and does not throw vegetarianism in your face – even the most committed meat eaters will love it! Not your typical plant-based restaurant, the interior feels Scandinavian-chic with white wood, green velvet and concrete. It is without a doubt an inviting and calming experience with great food to match!
The Gate really does have something for everyone! This includes an extensive wine and cocktail list with options including Le Boss Margarita with Jalapeño infused tequila, perfect to kick off a boozy dinner, so choosing was tricky. We opted for a tangy Mango Bellini which was a great twist on a classic and an Aperol Spritz due to the desperate denial of winter. This went down very well with some homemade sourdough bread and mixed olives as an aperitif. For starters we went for meaty pulled king oyster mushrooms which has been marinated in spicy ginger and soy sauce served in crispy lettuce wraps with chilli and sesame seeds. This was definitely the best part of the meal as it was a unique take on a mushroom with complementary flavours. This umami bite as well as battered crunchy spicy Korean-inspired Cauliflower with a cooling sesame and lime dip were enough to convince any carnivore that vegetables can match up.
For mains, we shared the Gate Beetroot Cheese Burger which feels like a lighter take on a classic with a raw vegetable salad with creamy mustard dressing. This includes the patty which pulls through the unique flavour of the beetroot, dense enough to measure up to expectations or a burger but not stodgy. However, the undoubtable star of the show was a sophisticated take on tortillas which were filled with sweet potato, corn, coriander, spring onion and chilli. These were served beautifully rolled up and cut to show all off the colours coming through which contrasted against the black beans.
For desert, we were very much tempted by the banoffee pie but ended up opting for the tiramisiu The creamy pudding is not a usual vegan desert option and could have easily competed with the dairy version. We also chose a moreish and rich brownie alongside vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce! You simply wouldn’t believe that it was vegan.
Whether you are a die-hard vegan or just looking to try something a bit different. The plant-based pioneers at Gate are the ideal option for a relaxed catch-up with delicious food. They also have brunch options and a signature festive offering including a Christmas Rotolo filled with mushroom duxelles followed by a cinnamon and apple millefeuille, one to definitely return for!