When my vegetarian friend Nayna invited me to join her for a restaurant review of The Gate Islington, a vegetarian restaurant I was up for it. Although we are omnivores in our family (we eat meat, fish, vegetables etc) I like to have 2 or 3 days per week without eating meat or fish and actually you don't miss it. Mr R never complains if it is a vegetarian meal.
We went to The Gate on a Tuesday evening and were surprised to find it so packed full. The Gate originally had one restaurant in Hammersmith before opening in Islington, a short walk from Angel Underground Station on the Northern Line.
For starters Nayna had a sweet potato soup which was a beautiful orange colour and I went for the Pickled Asian Salad. The salad was a mega pile of crunchy, vibrant and beautiful slices of candy beetroot, green papaya, heritage carrot, shimeji mushrooms, sweet peppers, frisee lettuce, fresh peach and mangetout with a sesame dressing
For my main course I chose Aubergine Teriyaki which consisted of glazed and grilled teriyaki aubergine, stuffed with horseradish coriander pesto, roasted pepper, shitake mushrooms and ginger duxelles, with warm noodle salad with peppers, flat beans and carrots, and mango and coriander salsa. It was not what I was expecting (do you do this and make your mind up what something will look and taste like before seeing it?) but it was really nice, crunchy and satisfying. It made you feel virtuous just for eating it!
We were both so full up but couldn't resist the selection of desserts. I had Strawberry Eaton Mess swirled with a strawberry coulis. This was the perfect end to a really lovely meal and was light and summery matching the summery weather outside perfectly!
You can find The Gate Islington at 370 St John Street, London EC1v 4NN (Tel: 020 7278 5483) and The Gate Hammersmith at 51 Queen Caroline Street, London W6 9QL (Tel: 020 8748 6932).
I was a guest of The Gate Islington. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions and photos are my own.
If you want to see what Nayna wrote about the meal just click here.