The city of London is a haven for dining out, you will find all the cuisines of the world in every nook and cranny. I do enjoy eating out but I am fairly choosy with where I eat as being a vegetarian it's sometimes difficult to get a large choice of dishes on the menu, usually you are limited to 3-4 dishes where my carnivore friends have the whole menu to choose from.
On my recent visit to London with a food blogger friend Heidi from Heidi Roberts Kitchen Talk, we visited The Gate Restaurant, a vegetarian restaurant near Angel station. I had heard a lot about the The Gate Restaurant so I was very excited to actually get the opportunity to visit. The restaurant is tastefully decorated and has a nice lively ambiance. It was pretty busy even though it was a Tuesday night, there was a steady stream of diners which is always a good indication for a restaurant.
We were greeted by a lovely waitress and were seated at a window table. (Natural lightening is perfect for food photography!!) We opted for soft drinks although there was a large range of wines on offer. The menu had a lot of choices, which made it difficult to decide as all the dishes sounded great.
The summer evening had rather turned chilly so, I settled for the Sweet potato, coconut and chilli soup whilst heidi chose the Pickled Asian Salad. I really enjoyed the soup which was served with a lovely char grilled piece of bread. The flavours were sweet with a hint of chilli, it was rich and creamy. Heidi's salad looked tasty too.
For the main course Heidi ordered the Aubergine Teriyaki with sweet potato wedges . I decided to order the Sweetcorn and Cilantro fritter with some sweet potato wedges too.
The Sweetcorn and cilantro fritter was served with a black bean, roast pepper and grilled corn on the cob salsa with chargrilled mediterranean vegetables and Guacamole. The dish was beautifully presented and looked really looked appetizing.
I particularly liked the salsa which was nicely flavoured, tangy and spicy with a hint of chilli. I was slightly less impressed with the fritter as I did find the fritter too large and because of the size a little doughy inside. I think it would have prefered if they had served 3 mini fritters instead of one large one to ensure a less doughy texture. The mediterranean vegetables and the guacamole were delicious
The sweet potato wedges were cooked to perfection, crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. They were served with a creamy garlic and chive sour cream. They were rather delicious.
For dessert, there was a really good selection but I settled for something light. My choice of three mini scoops of Mixed Ice Cream was certainly the perfect choice. The mixed ice cream flavours were lemon curd, vanilla and strawberry.The ice cream was refreshing and really delicious especially the lemon curd flavour, which I could have easily eaten another helping of. Heidi chose The Eton Mess, it looked equally mouthwatering and I am sure Heidi really enjoyed the love summer freshness it exuded.
We both skipped on coffee as we wanted to savour the taste of the desserts which were delectable.
In all it was a really enjoyable meal, with great service and tasty food.I would most certainly visit again as The Gate Restaurant has another branch in Hammersmith too.
Heidi and I were guests at The Gate Restaurant, all the views and opinions are of my own experience of the meal.