Adrian and Michael Daniel have been running London's most successful vegetarian restaurant since December 1989.
The cooking at the Gate reflects the diverse cultural background in which we grew up - what one might call Indo-Iraqi Jewish. Our grandmothers blended Indian and Arabic cuisines with the traditional Jewish food. It became perfectly natural that we should apply the same principles at the restaurant. The food we serve is the food of our childhood, modulated by French and Italian influence.
The menu at the Gate changes monthly to reflect the seasons, but it will always have a couple of signature dishes. First-time visitors should ask a member of staff for their recommendations.
We have a few Food Fests at the restaurant during the year. The Wild Mushroom Fest is our most popular one and runs for three nights in October. We pick most of the mushrooms ourselves because one simply cannot get the sort of mushrooms we serve from suppliers. There is something terribly satisfying about foraging for 'wild' food and it's exciting to find rare and unusual edible mushrooms. The Fest is about sharing this passion - sharing the rare and the precious - with others. There are, of course, plenty of mushroom dishes on the regular menu during October if you can't make the Fest, and if you're not about in October, then there's the Wild Food Feast in spring.
We have received numerous citations of excellence from various bodies and been nominated for several food awards over the years, winning Timeout's 'Best Vegetarian Meal' award in 1992.