Saturday, 27 September 2008

HOT: The Gate Vegetarian Restaurant, 51 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith W6 9QL

Huy wasn't convinced - how was he going to be full only eating vegetables? But this relaxed, light-filled vegetarian restaurant is well worth a visit (as Gwynnie, Stella and the Primose Hill posse know) and it's heartening to know that eating vegetarian food doesn't involve also having to wear a hair shirt. Every dish was bursting with freshness, colour and well-balanced flavours - I especially liked my chargrilled halloumi and pepper skewer, served with couscous, herb and pomegranate salad . The crowning glory was the dessert platter of peach and strawberry crumble, pressed chocolate and chestnut torte, cointreau and white chocolate cheesecake and walnut creme brulee. Each mouthful elicited an delighted 'oooh' and it really deserved to be savoured, but we were running late for curtain up at the theatre. I'll definitely be returning.

Update 10 October 2008: Another wonderful dinner at The Gate, this time with cheese and onion tart, carciofini, couscous crusted aubergine, french beans and the stupendous dessert platter. £25 each.

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