This is a gentrifying area. You can tell because there's not only a children's toy shop, but a children's party venue opposite this very bar/cafe. There's also a patisserie nearby which I was almost tempted by, but no: fry-up it is and so I ventured into The Gate. It appears to be a bar by evening, but by day a cafe.
It was none too busy, a few tables occupied, but service was friendly and I was asked to take a seat while my vegetarian breakfast was being prepared.
Turns out, when it arrived, that I hadn't noticed the great lack at the heart of it, which is the absence of egg. I don't even know if this was intentional: perhaps it's for health reasons? Well, anyway, at least there were still beans, as well as a perfectly fine veggie sausage.
Mushrooms were better than average, with a sliced, grilled buffalo tomato hovering on the edge, trying to just add a bit of flavourless colour like any reasonable tomato does. Well, no, I like tomato, but it's not the most exciting part of breakfast, is it?
Still, on the whole, perfectly fine. I had a coffee too, which was pretty decent, and all up £5.50, so not too expensive either.
Address: 11 Albion Road, N16 9PX.