VEGAN & VEGETARIAN GOURMET DINING
So we’re walking down the street in Angel and decide to pop into a lovely looking gastro pub. The Gate. Nothing unusual here, cosy, warm and friendly vibes. Everything you’d expect from a gastro pub. Oh wait it’s vegan too… Ok, ok, we knew it was already, well, it’s veggie and vegan but there really is no give away from the outside. We imagine the walk-in trade is good, and we’re certain no one leaves disappointed - no matter their culinary disposition.
Inside the place is packed, of course, it’s Friday night and clearly business is good, they have restaurants in Hammersmith, Marylebone and another one is opening in St John’s Wood soon.
As we’re shown to our table, the low lighting and smiley staff make you feel instantly at home and they’re more than happy to go into the menu with you in detail.
Two starters please – the Miso Glazed Aubergine, roasted, glazed with miso sauce and topped with toasted cashew nuts, ponzu sauce, micro coriander and sesame seeds. The other was the Potato Chaat, spiced sweet potato, coconut & beetroot, crispy coriander, sour cream, mint & tamarind chutneys. The aubergine was soft and crunchy, if that’s even possible, while the Potato Chaat's combination of flavours was excellent and just the right amount to keep us hungry for our main.
Next up was Pad Thai – fresh tasting and crispy, the coriander and chilli plays beautifully off the crunchy tofu and peanuts. We also had the Wild Mushroom Risotto Cake – served with sauté girolle, pleurote, Paris browns and finished with a creamy cep sauce. It was warm, creamy and decadent.
Of course no Friday (or any day for that matter) is complete without dessert, and it was a bit of a showstopper. ‘The Chocolate Snowball’ a dark chocolate shell filled with chocolate mousse and griottines (google it). As the waiter poured the hot chocolate sauce, the globe melted away to reveal the insides. (Check the video of it on their Instagram here for further temptation) Luxuriously creamy with the kick of the griottines, if my hand wasn’t gripping my spoon so hard I would have given it a round of applause.