30 Mar 2017

Review - How to Dine Like a King at Gilgamesh, London

Interior view Gilgamesh, Camden, London

The London Reporter ticks off another gastronomic delight...

I’m so happy that I can finally tick Gilgamesh off the culinary bucket list. This restaurant has built up a good reputation, and having lived in London for many years, it’s always been on the culinary hit list.

We kicked things off in style at the suggestion of the maitre d', by sipping on cocktails in the bar area. Both of us went for a whisky based cocktail with Cointreau liqueur called ‘Make Your Mark’ which my dining companion also approved of. They were made with care and we sipped on them whilst overlooking Camden market.

After 20 minutes, we were taken through to the vast dining area. And it’s quite the show stopper. With it’s vast ceilings you will see ‘freeze’ style prints from what appears to be the Babylon era. You’ll find yourself in awe at the size of the venue as well as the huge bar! You’ll also see the odd crumpled balloon hovering near the ceiling from what can only have been from some sort of celebration the weekend before.

We sat at a large round table for two which was perfect for what was about to be ordered. We enjoyed lots of sharing plates from the set menu.

Sharing Plates Gilgamesh
Sharing plates

There was sushi which was served beautifully on a bed of ice on one plate, whilst on another we enjoyed duck and watermelon with cashew nuts which tasted like it had just been flown straight out of Asia.

Sushi for starters

From the set menu, we then ordered our main courses. I opted for the char baked fillet salmon which was marinated in miso and was cooked perfectly! My dining companion ordered the rather exotically titled Gong Bao chicken which was served with sweet peppers and a spicy sauce. We couldn’t think how we would have improved this, which I hope gives you confidence to try the set menu!

Salmon with miso
Salmon with miso

At this stage we were a little tiddly from the white wine but went on with full gusto and had desserts. Mine was a chocolate walnut and pistachio brownie with banana ice cream. It was beautifully presented although I can’t say it was the dreamiest of brownies. My dining companion had the lemongrass panna cotta with lime sorbet. Needless to say, we enjoyed and ate all our desserts.

Dessert Chocolate brownie with banana ice cream
Chocolate, walnut and pistachio brownie served with banana ice cream

Dessert lemongrass panna cotta
Lemongrass panna cotta with lime sorbet

Overall, Gilgamesh delivered great food and service and had the wow factor. We dined on a Wednesday evening which felt a little quieter for such a vast venue. I’d love to take a party of friends there when it’s in full swing and the guests are up for whatever the evening brings!

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Disclaimer: We were invited guests, all thoughts are our own.