REVIEW: The Gate, Islington
Anyone in search of a beautiful spot in which to wine, dine and unwind that just so happens not to serve meat, The Gate‘s the place.
With vegan/veggie options so varied, one needs a key to decipher them, and catering to myriad dietary requirements, meat lovers can’t possibly be disappointed with a limp lettuce leaf and some dry quinoa. Here, that’s literally not an option.
The menu’s key reads as follows:
“v vegan | vo vegan option | g gluten free | go gluten free option | n contains nuts | no nut free option” and moreover, there’s an ‘autism-friendly’ option too.
Walking in off bustling St John Street, The Gate is a haven of low key serenity – all white walls and natural light. Clinking glasses and lively chatter greet you as you wait at the front desk, low tables packed with people catching up over wine and veggie nibbles. Larger tables towards the back seat families and couples, digging into crusty fresh bread and salads alongside roasted vegetables and halloumi.
To start, we tried the rainbow-coloured mezze platter, serving up a taster of several starters – mini quiche slices, aubergine with miso sauce.
Mains were a lavish affair – aubergine schnitzel was layered with applewood smoked cheddar, basil pesto, roasted red peppers and plum tomatoes, served with potato dauphinoise and seasonal green, finished with a horseradish cream sauce.
Next up, tortillas with fillings of sweet potato, sweetcorn, goats’ cheese, chilli, lime and coriander; baked beetroot, feta and parsley, served with guacamole, sour cream and black bean pepper salsa. Chunky herb polenta chips with garlic aioli just about finished us off, so unctuous and crunchy we could only manage a couple.
Dessert was unnecessary but irresistible – a shared trio of vegan cheesecake, bread and butter pudding and creme brulee (the brulee being Beyonce to Kelly and Michelle).
A bottle of Riesling Reserve to wash everything down, and we felt happy and sated, walking back out into the cool evening air.
A pleasant spot to treat friends with dietary requirements – gluten-free, tick, vegan options, check, but namely that the food is excellent, every time.
Amy @ Fashionbite xx