I visited The Gate on a Saturday night which happened to be the last night they are open for a few months whilst they do a refurbishment. They are due to re open on the 1st October 2012. It is a shame they are closing for a while but the great news is that they are opening a gastro pub in Islington on the 1st of June. Sadly I will not be in London for a few months, so if you do go to the new place please let me know what you think.
In Hammersmith I had a lovely meal, the food was pretty good and the drinks were OK, they sell vegan wine, beer and soft drinks.
For starters we both tried the vegan filled courgette flower. This was the dish of my whole trip to London, It was just lovely. The crispy flower was filled with sweet potato and vegetables on a bed of green lentils which had a sweet and sharp dressing with a vegan mayo. The flavours were outstanding, the presentation of the dish was really good. I really enjoyed it.
For main course I had a Aubergine and nut layer dish served with pesto and pickle. I enjoyed it and it was full of flavour, but after that fantastic starter I was slightly disappointed. But it was good.
Paul had the a tortilla dish again filled with sweet potato and it had a bean salad. Again this was pretty good, but not as good as the starter.
The choice for vegans is pretty good, but again they did not offer a vegan dessert other than ice cream or spicy pineapple crumble which I have had before and did not like. It is so easy and cost effective to make a vegan chocolate cake, so I do not understand why they do not offer this.