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The Gate

Restaurants, Vegetarian Marylebone
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A Marylebone branch of the veggie micro-chain.

On a charming street in Marylebone, where even the launderette looks lovely, sits the latest branch of veggie restaurant The Gate.

Understated, sleek and minimal – despite being almost austere in style – it somehow manages to be super comfortable. And with plenty of bistro-style pavement seating it’s a lovely spot for sitting in the sun, sinking some scrummy organic wine – of which they have a brilliant selection – and pretending you’re in Paris.

The Gate is kind of like that good-on-paper boyfriend – Aidan from ‘Sex and the City’, if you will. There really is nothing to complain about: the service was perfunctorily polite and the dishes well composed. But there was no spark. The Thai green curry was beautifully presented, with sticky rice wrapped in a banana leaf, but it’s not going to bring back memories of Bangkok. And the cappuccino vegan cheesecake, while creamy and delicious, quickly faded from my mind.

The Gate may not be the kind of long-distance love affair I’d cross town for, but it’s worth visiting if you’re in the area.

Details

Address: 22-24 Seymour Place
London
W1H 7NL
Transport: Tube: Marble Arch
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £90.
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

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Tastemaker

I am a pescatarian and love whizzing up vegetarian dishes at home, which I find pretty much always beats what you get when you dine out, with the exception of Asian food. So it's rare for me to choose to go to a vegetarian restaurant (I usually opt for fish when I'm out or Asian - as explained) but a TimeOut offer persuaded me...

On arrival at the Marylebone restaurant, we were seated but then just left with the menu, so we had to find a waitress to clarify what was included, at which point we got to ask for our prosecco (delicious) and water. It would have been nice, and professional to have had this explained. When it came to choosing, I wanted some advice and the waitress, who seemed very sweet, was really pushing the 'hot' dishes - so I chose what she recommended and sat back and waited for my miso aubergine and mum her artichoke taggine. I was so hungry and would have loved a little bread or crackers. I was tempted to get some, but on seeing what the neighbouring table had, it was £3 for what looked like a granary baguette and I was afraid of eating it all! 

When our starter arrived, mum's came with crisp bread of sorts, but mine with nothing. So whilst it was tasty, a small half slice of aubergine did nothing to satisfy my growling tummy. At £7.50 for the starters (the full price, not what we paid), you'd think a little bit of something with it, or some bread on the table would be offered.

Then we waited. And waited. And waited. I nipped to the loo, pretty dirty and in need of the bins being emptied and the floor wiped a little - not what you'd expect from Marylebone really. The restaurant was lacking in warmth and atmosphere, so waiting, and tummy growling was hard, though mum and I filled the time with random chatter.

Of course to wait so long and then have your small and sad dish arrive was very disappointing. Mum's aubergine steak looked and tasted very good. She had a nice full hot plate. But mine was small, not hot and with some limp herbs on top and barely any colours, looked, as mum put it, like left-overs. I was so hungry, however, that I decided to dive in and eat my boring, flavourless, luke-warm plate. Mum complained to the waitress but, whilst she was sympathetic and offered us an extra glass of fizz, which we declined as we were driving, she didn't actually offer to replace it and did say it was normally better. Well gee, thanks! I just wanted there to be no fuss at this point and get on with dinner. I mean, we'd pre-paid and so it was not like we'd get the price knocked off or anything.

When we went to order the dessert, the nice waitress knew we were cross, but kind of confessed that there were new chefs in that day. If that was the case, why didn't they bring us some complementary bread (ha, yes I know, I'm obsessed about that, but bread is so cheap and an easy pleaser dear restaurateur - use it to your advantage) or olives or something whilst we were waiting ages and simply explain it was taking a little longer, we would of been ok with that. Instead I was very hangry! 

Eventually repeating to myself "first world problems" and feeling pleased that mum on mother's day was getting a nice meal, whilst she, being a mum, anxiously sneaked forkfuls of food from her plate onto mine to make me happy (ah, yes this really happened, even at my age), I declared, it was all fine and I would look forward to dessert. 

My sticky toffee pudding and mum's chocolate bomb, which really was The Bomb then arrived as if crying out to make up for what came before it. I don't know what happened (well yes, I do, desserts are pre-prepared aren't they - so a new chef in the kitchen can pull it out the bag - not literally, obviously, it was still made on site, just earlier, I imagine) but this was beautiful, if a little rich. One of the best desserts I've had at a restaurant. Mine was not as impressive, but very good, tasty and ticked the boxes and having siphoned off some of the chocolate sauce on mum's plate, eventually my stomach, said "hey, I'm ok now, I've had my fill".

At this point, we've finished, the restaurant has emptied out, the waitress is clearly avoiding us and the whole place looked sad and empty. So we grabbed our stuff, gave our feedback politely to the waitress and left her a guilty tip anyway. Well, it meant I slept better that night, I mean it wasn't her fault........

In conclusion. Honestly, lacklustre main course aside, I still don't think I'd return to a restaurant that sells a chick pea dish for £15 and a tiny aubergine half for £8.50. But then, like I said, I can cook this kind of food at home so it doesn't massively impress me and there is nothing particularly interesting or creative about the menu or the restaurant (apart from that one chocolate bomb dessert). Personally, I'll stick to an Indian curry down the road in Drummond Street thanks.





I'm not a vegetarian but my other half is and we both loved it! A lot of their menu is vegan friendly also. I would recommend the Malaysian Curry main and Cappuccino Cheesecake! Lovely venue, great atmosphere and friendly staff.

tastemaker


As someone who is relatively new to vegetarianism, I’ve become a bit bored of eating out. Restaurants usually offer one, maybe two, unimaginative veggie options that feature either mushrooms or goats cheese, maybe even both. It gets a bit dull after a while.


How refreshing to go to The Gate and not only be able to choose from anything on the menu but actually want to choose everything on the menu! I’m actually reluctant to focus on the fact that this is a vegetarian restaurant because I honestly think it would appeal to both carnivores and herbivores alike.


The restaurant was bright, airy and spacious; set on a nice side street and is an entirely pleasant place to spend an afternoon. The waiters were friendly and offered a relaxed service on the Sunday afternoon that we visited. This worked for us because we didn’t want to feel rushed but if you are in a hurry then you might find the service a little on the slow side.


The food was extraordinary. All was presented wonderfully which was an added bonus to the fact that it tasted delicious. To start - the couscous fritters; crispy and flavoursome but beware the lemon garnish on top which was a little too bitter for my liking. I couldn’t choose between the mains so shared both the asparagus tart (small but perfectly formed with flakey pastry and perfectly cooked asparagus) and the aubergine schnitzel (a taste explosion swimming in a flavoursome creamy sauce) with my friend to make the most of the menu. Even though the portions looked small I was so full I could barely fit in desert but managed a couple of spoonfuls of the comforting sticky toffee pudding.



Classy and cool, without the pretence of so many snazzy meaty eateries you find in London, The Gate is a real winner for me. Plates are beautiful to behold as well as utterly delicious. My tofu thai curry had all the flavour and creaminess of a chicken or fish curry, whilst simultaneously not being overly heavy. Halloumi and chickpeas to start were a dream, and portion sizes are just right. Do not miss out on the banofee pie!  

Tastemaker

As a vegetarian it's always such a treat for me to find a classy and trendy vegetarian restaurant where I can choose from everything on the menu. The Gate: Seymour Place is one of these places. We were able to make a reservation for 6:30 on a Tuesday, at which time the restaurant was pretty quiet. But by 8:00 the restaurant was nearly full. The decor is quite minimalistic with exposed wood and a dark green colour scheme. The restaurant is spread over the ground floor and basement, with a nice big bar in the basement. Service wasn't great, with the servers seeming quite young and not completely clued in. This may be due to the fact that this branch of The Gate hasn't been open very long. That said, they were still nice. I went for the onion tart to start and aubergine schnitzel as a main, with rhubarb eton mess to finish. They were all excellent and I would order them again. Also, portions were a good size, which you would hope for when you're paying £7 for a starter and £14 for a main. Unfortunately, by the end of the meal there seemed to be a sewage smell coming from the basement which didn't go away. This obviously detracted from the experience, but apart from that I would really recommend The Gate. 

tastemaker

The Gate is a vegetarian only restaurant close to Marble Arch station. We had a 3 course meal for which we paid £21.50, as there was a special deal on. There's a good selection of dishes to chose from and the food is definitely homely/comfort food.

The restaurant is airy although there is a particular smell that lingers and hits you as soon as you walk into the restaurant. It doesn't make for a pleasant evening, so you don't want to stay there for too long.

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