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Gilgamesh is a restaurant I have walked past many times before in London but never actually eaten in, generally, when I am in Camden I am just passing through or will opt for one of many food trucks that reside in that part of the city. So when I was invited to spend as evening at the restaurant I was excited to finally find out what they have to offer. Situated in the heart of Camden Market, Gilgamesh offers a tranquil retreat from the busy market crowds serving award – winning and critically acclaimed Pan- Asian food with influences taken from South East Asia, China and Japan.
Let me first start by saying that Gilgamesh is not somewhere you ‘pop in’ for a quick meal and definitely not a cheap lunch, it is very much an experience, a beautiful one at that. From the grand escalator entrance that leads you to the reception to the detailed interiors of the bar area where you are seated while your table is prepared. Gilgamesh is a place to visit on an occasion when you want to dress up and feel incredibly special for an evening – something I did not take full advantage of on the evening that we visited.
Incredibly impressed by the floor-to-ceiling windows alongside the intricate oriental designs that flowed throughout, I was eager to see if the food matched the brilliant standards of the decor (Honestly I was in awe of the beautiful toilets..). After waiting slightly longer than necessary in the bar area, we were shown to our table and left to deliberate over the menu. For starters I went for something completely new, Kai-Dao Eggs (£8.50), deep fried poached hen’s eggs, candy beetroot, sweet walnut & coriander sweet sauce, not being a big fan of beetroot, I did find the smell slightly overpowering but aside from that the eggs were poached perfectly and were perfectly complimented by the walnuts. Dj went for Prawn spring rolls (£9) after his newfound discovery that he does actually enjoy fish. We were also served a massive portion of prawn crackers to accompany our starters. Another starter I also had my eye on was Avocado & Sweet Potato Tempura (£12.50) which I would be keen to sample if I visited again.
The mains menu does not boast the most amount of vegetarian selections, but I did not feel I was missing out and quickly opted for Thai Yellow Curry (£15) with Jasmine Steamed Rice (£5). The flavoursome sauce was beautifully marinated into the very generous amount of tofu and traditional SE Asian vegetables (unfortunately even my dreaded baby corn!) and the spices were just right. Dj opted for a Beef Panang Curry (£20.50) with Coconut Rice (£5.50), the beef looked magnificently tender, and I was assured it was as well. The large portions meant, unfortunately, we did not have enough room for dessert, I know I am disappointed in myself as well! But I definitely had my eye on the Chilli Chocolate Cake (£8.50) – Chocolate flourless cake, white chocolate and chilli powder ganache, roasted white chocolate, milk chocolate and chilli mouse, dark chocolate glaze, chocolate flourless tuiles, salted caramel sauce. Sounds incredible right?
Despite the sheer size of the restaurant, there was an incredibly tranquil feeling throughout and at a volume where you could still enjoy conversation without having to raise voices. I really enjoyed my evening at Gilgamesh, although I do feel it is expensive for everyday dining, for a special occasion it is worth it, the food is fantastic and the luxurious experience really makes for a special evening out.
Nearest tube: Camden Town – Northern line
*I was a guest at Gilgamesh, but as always all opinions and my crazy love of food are all my own!
Apologies for the orange-tinted photos, my flash broke just before we visited!