The Gate Marylebone
22-24 Seymour Place,
020 7724 6656
Monday-Friday 12.00-22.15; Saturday 10.00-22.15; Sunday 10.00-21.30
Casual vegetarian restaurant with eclectic influences including French, Italian, Indian, Arabic and Jewish. The menu covers light starters such as salads and soups through to more substantial main courses, including risotto and tortilla.
The Gate restaurants are hugely popular with London’s vegetarians and vegans, with many considering them some of the best veggie restaurants in London. The image of veggie joints has suffered terribly under the shadow of a thousand failed nut roasts and watery lentil stews but places like The Gate are doing a fine job of showing us otherwise.
On a Monday lunch time this Seymour Place branch is filled with locals discussing business, and snippets of thrilling conversation are overheard as deals close and backs are slapped. It’s a great spot for sitting back and people watching.
The plates are as lively as the clientele, and a starter of miso aubergine is powerfully flavoured; rich, salty and sweet. This classic Japanese preparation sees the aubergine scored, brushed with a sweetened miso mixture and grilled, resulting in an intensely flavoured vegetable, almost meaty in it savouriness (see what they did there).
A main course of tortillas is similarly punchy and makes up in taste for what some might find amusing in presentation (they arrive standing to attention like Neolithic rocks). Toasted tortillas are filled with a rich bean and squash mixture, with sweet corn, guacamole, and a green tomato and sweet pepper salsa. Sour cream is optional and without it, the dish is, astonishingly vegan. Why astonishing? Well, it tastes so good. An arrangement which sounds like vegetable overkill on paper is pulled off to excellent effect.
Desserts cover all bases, with a vegan option (vegan cheesecake), banoffee pie, sticky toffee pudding and apple tart all making an appearance. There’s also an option to try a trio of desserts, which we’re told is almost a full-size portion of each – we’ll leave that one with you.
Vegetarian food can sometimes feel worthy but The Gate manages to avoid such clichés. This is simple, crowd-pleasing veggie food which doesn’t feel like a punishment for not eating meat. There’s not even a veggie sausage in sight.
Local offices and businesses receive 20% off food from the A la Carte menu every Monday-Friday from 12-4pm. All you have to do is mention ‘Local 20’ when you book.
New Prix Fixe Menu: 2 courses £15
The Gate Marylebone’s new Prix Fixe lunch menu has launched! It’s a great value at £15 for 2 courses and £18 for 3 courses, giving you the chance to try the restaurant’s new Arancini and Mediterranean Tart, as well as the famous Sweet Potato & Chickpea Burger and Shakshuka, which are both exclusively available on the Prix Fixe menu! Served Monday-Friday from 12-4pm.
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New Summer Menu
The Gate Marylebone is introducing a few new dishes to its A la carte menu. Some of the new items on the menu include:
- Arancini filled with pea & broad bean and served with pea & mint purée
- Mediterranean tart with red pepper, grilled courgette & aubergine, cherry tomato, basil pesto, and black olive tapenade
- Fried tofu marinated in maple syrup & soy sauce with a quinoa, avocado & tomato salsa, and coriander & lemon dressing
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