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 Guide

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Pan Asian


Dean Light

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)

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Facilities at Gilgamesh

  • Disabled access
  • Private parties
  • 150 covers
  • Family Friendly


The Stables
Camden Market
Chalk Farm Road
Chalk Farm
North West London

Nearest tube station: Camden Town

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