The Gate Vegetarian Restaurant
Eclectic ingredients and diverse backgrounds combine to create the inventive vegetarian fare for which this Islington spot is known. Where one dish has guacamole, another features a tantalizing trickle of ponzu sauce; not too far down the menu, you’ll see Yorkshire Wensleydale truckle cheese and other traces of classic British flair for good measure. The Gate proves that you don’t need to adhere to a specific genre in the kitchen, arguing instead that a nondenominational approach -- what they describe as an “Indo-Iraqi Jewish” style of cooking -- is just as good, if not better. The menu may be vegetarian, but the guests don’t necessarily have to be: even the most fervent of carnivores come to this stylish, contemporary eatery to sip bespoke cocktails and indulge in favorites like the three lentil pate terrine.