The Gate

Restaurants, Vegetarian Marylebone
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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.

By: Miriam Bouteba

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Venue name: The Gate
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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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Sara A
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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.


Emily W
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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!  

Bonnie W
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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. 

Chandni A
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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.