A fourth branch for London's veggie pioneers, in a spacious St John's Wood location. We are told to expect a vegan weekend brunch, kids' meals and a set lunch menu.
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Bravos abound for the “superb” dishes (“imaginative and ambitious conceptions whose flavours make non-vegetarians desist from any pity about a lack of meat!”) at these accomplished veggies, which in recent years have added outlets in Seymour Village and Sadler’s Wells to the “legendary”, long-standing original (just south of Hammersmith Broadway). “However, quality of service and staff response can be variable” at all branches, and this is most particularly the case at W1, which needs to “up its game” generally, not least its cooking, as a number of regulars discern “a big drop in standards since it opened”.
“I’m not a veggie but this was one of the best meals I’ve had in the last year” – typical praise for these “ingenious” veggies, which offer “an unmatched range of such accomplished dishes, beautifully sourced and expertly presented”. From the “lovely hidden-gem original in Hammersmith” (behind the Hammy-O), they added a similarly “top notch” branch in trendy Seymour Place this year. Islington is probably the weakest performer of the three – “it’s let down by a noisy environment” – but even so it’s “decent and very handy for Sadlers Wells”.
“Still producing exceptional veggie dishes after 25 years” – “the best in town” – this popular duo are “a good advertisement for meat-free food, proving it can be interesting and full of flavour”. The original – an intriguing “converted artists’ loft” that’s “hidden away” behind Hammersmith Odeon – is “splendid in an area devoid of decent restaurants”, while its younger sibling is “really convenient for Sadler’s Wells”.
“Who needs meat?” – some of London’s best vegetarian cooking is to be found at this quite “stylish” duo; the Hammersmith original occupies a “bright” and “airy” hall near the Broadway (recently refurbished), while its “noisy” newer EC1 sibling is “handy for Sadler’s Wells”.
The Gate Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Anew addition to the area and one that is very welcome."
"Although only £15 for a two course lunch with a glass of Prosecco it was very disappointing. Service was very slow, some of the food was OK but look and taste of much of it had a lot in common with cardboard."