Review on Gilgamesh
Gilgamesh with its unfathomable name cost more than £12m to build, can seat almost 800 souls in two bars, there's an Oriental tea house and an extravagant 150-cover dining room. Those with a smattering ancient history will know that Gilgamesh was a Babylonian king in Mesopotamia part god, part man, who ruled aeons ago and had an 'epic' written about him. What that has to do with a twenty-first century restaurant trading in Pan Asian food is anyone's guess!
In a rather run-down patch of Camden market, it now dominates the scene a vast glass edifice, with escalators, swathes of intricate carved Indian panels, a lapis stone bar and a roof with retractable panels. Over the top, or what!
Peruse the menu and you'll see it's about grazing: edamame and soup have their own section, then come dim sum (chicken gyoza dumplings with black vinegar, etc); there are salads too (duck and watermelon with cashews, scallops with crispy pork and pea shoots) plus sushi artfully presented on bamboo buckets of dry ice.
Self-styled Gilgamesh dishes like smoked monkfish with spicy broth, choi sum and holy basil or Korean-style fillet of beef bulgogi double as main courses, and desserts obviously dare to be different: Thai banana parfait with milk chocolate ice cream and turmeric caramel, for example. Business is good, reviews are mixed: will it last, who can say??
Gilgamesh is also featured in: Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm (12.00 - 5.00pm Fri-Sun)
Dinner: 5.30 - 10.00pm (5.30 - 11.00pm Fri & Sat)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express