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The Gate isn’t a good vegetarian restaurant; it’s simply a good restaurant

The London Restaurant Festival has announced The Gate Islington as winner of the Discovery Award 2012.

Adrian and Michael Daniel opened The Gate in Hammersmith 23 years ago. Their Indo-Iraqi-Jewish heritage informed vegetarian food was a far cry from the nut cutlets and leaden pulses that too often define this way of eating. This year, opposite Sadler’s Wells theatre, they opened a sleek, seductive second restaurant.

Just five months after launch, The Gate Islington has become an award-winning restaurant, having won the Discovery Award at the London Restaurant Festival. Marina O’Loughlin, one of the judges says, “The Gate manages to avoid all the clichés of vegetarian eating. It doesn’t bother trying to make anything that apes meat, which makes sense if you don’t want to eat it in the first place. The Gate isn’t a good vegetarian restaurant; it’s simply a good restaurant”.

The London Restaurant Festival Awards concentrate on the qualities that attract people to restaurants; qualities that explain why restaurants have become a vital and enjoyable part of so many Londoner’s lives. The Gate sources and combines ingredients with care to create delicious food combinations for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

Michael Daniel comments “We are thrilled to have won the Discovery Award, which nicely represents the restaurant and its cuisine. Last month we held a wild mushroom festival to share our love of wild mushrooms with diners and most recently we have created delicious menus for December, designed to encourage Londoners to discover Christmas without turkey.” Every weekend The Gate serves brunch, an exciting alternative to the traditional English breakfast and a new ‘Express Lunch’ is soon to be introduced to the menu, offering a hearty, fast and affordable lunchtime feast. The Gate is delighted to be recognised for discovery and intends to live up to its award.

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Address: 370 St John Street, London EC1V 4NN
Reservations: +44 (0) 207 278 5483
Seating Capacity: 90 + 30 in the lounge area

Open 7 days a week:

LUNCH 12-2:30PM (last orders)
DINNER 6-10.30PM (last orders)
10-3PM (last orders)

Christmas Menu
3rd - 23rd December

Lunchtime Christmas menus

2 Courses £15

Soup of the day
Indo-iraqi potato cake V G

Root vegetable & chickpea tagine
Cashew, hazelnut & herb roast VO

3 Courses £20

Plantain fritters VO G
Warm root vegetable salad VO G

Red Thai curry
Wild mushroom Rotolo
Cashew, hazelnut & herb roast VO

Sticky toffee & date pudding
Apple, cinnamon and blackberry crumble VO
Maple syrup crème brûlée

Evening Christmas menu

3 courses £25

Carciofini VO G
Queens and stilton salad G
Three onion tart

Aubergine schnitzel
Beetroot ravioli
Cashew, hazelnut & herb roast VO

Black cherry kirsch and chocolate cheesecake
Apple, cinnamon and blackberry crumble VO
Maple syrup crème brûlée

G gluten free|V vegan|VO vegan option

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