Brothers Michael and Adrian Daniel founded renowned vegetarian restaurant The Gate in 1989 and it continues to be a London institution. Recipes show the brothers’ Indo-Iraqi heritage and family traditions, as well as cherry-picking plant-based and vegetarian dishes from the Mediterranean to the Middle East and Asia. Every recipe in this book begs to be cooked.
The Gate restaurant's refreshing approach to vegetarian food has taken London by storm. Adrian and Michael Daniel have Indian-Iraqi origins, and much of their food combines the flavours and techniques of these two cultures. But there are other influences too. By bringing together mainly Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Asian ingredients they have created an irresistible, unusual, yet simple-to-prepare range of dishes. There are also features on how to prepare, cook with and eat some vegetables and guidance on tricky techniques such as making fritters. This is an eclectic range of dishes. From the Middle East there are recipes such as beetroot cutta (an Arabic soup served with dumplings), alia bargi (a traditional dry green bean curry), pestos and baklava with cardamom and rosewater. Asian-influenced dishes include thom yam (a Thai hot and sour soup) and nori (sushi rolls with various fillings). And from the Mediterranean you'll find recipes such as butternut squash and thyme gnocchi and lemon polenta cake with poached pear.