The Gate’s mission is to showcase the creative potential of plant-based food. They serve up a wide variety of vegetarian dishes and plenty of vegan options.

The Gate puts a unique twist on international dishes from all over the world from Mexican-inspired Tortillas to Green Thai Curry to Moroccan Tagine.

As soon as you step through the door, the décor creates a welcoming atmosphere, with warm, white brick walls and soft suede sofas.

The location

The Gate is conveniently located on a side street just off St John’s Wood High Street. It’s less than a five minute walk from St. John’s Wood tube station which is on the Jubilee Line.

This residential area in North West London is just one tube stop away from the bustling Baker Street. You’ll find high end fashion stores, chic restaurants and trendy coffee shops.

The Gate also has branches in Marylebone, Islington and Hammersmith.

The space

The restaurant is spacious with plenty of wooden tables and plants dotted around. Noteworthy interior touches include the art deco chairs and the fern green suede couch which reflects the vibe of the restaurant – earthy, warm and cosy.

While there is good wifi, it may not be an ideal quiet spot for laptop working as there are often families with children coming in and out.

The crowd

The crowd ranges from all ages and is mostly locals, with lots of parents with young children. It’s generally easy to get a table as it is such a large space. It does get busier in the evenings so perhaps it’s worth making a reservation just in case!

What we ate

We ordered the Root Vegetable Hash with portobello mushrooms and poached eggs, as well as the chunky avocado on gluten-free bread with sumac, zaatar and two runny poached eggs.

Their freshly squeezed juices all sounded delicious and we went for the carrot, ginger, beetroot and celery juice, plus an oat milk matcha latte for a little caffeine pick-me-up.

The desserts looked incredibly indulgent, with a gluten-free lavender and pistachio crème brûlée and a vegan peanut butter brownie with coconut-based vanilla ice-cream.

The bill

Root Vegetable Hash – £12
Eggs on toast – £8
Carrot, ginger, beetroot & celery juice – £4
Matcha latte – £4.50

The little things

The staff were all extremely friendly and there’s a fun selection of cocktails to try too!

The Gate St John's Wood

87 Allitsen Road
St John's Wood

020 7833 0401
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