Gilgamesh Restaurant London review – A culinary gem serving halal meat
In the heart of North London’s most quirky quarter, Camden, lies a true culinary gem. With its ornate wooden carvings, luxurious booth-style seating and delicate Middle Eastern music, you’d be forgiven for feeling like Levantine royalty as you walk the length of Gilgamesh.
Described as ‘pan-Asian’, Gilgamesh’s interior design and menu complement each other well, although are slightly confused. While Persian-inspired carvings line the walls, the menu is heavily oriental; with Japanese and Thai delicacies on offer.
The Gilgamesh set lunch menu is worth a taste for a quick lunch, and fortunately all the meat is Halal.
To start with, I recommend opting for a selection of Dim Sum and Sushi dishes. The Crab and Coriander Dim Sum are steamed to perfection. Tender pieces of crab are mouth-wateringly moreish and delicately flavoured.
For sushi lovers, I recommend the Naruto Sushi. Soft pieces of fresh scallop are encased in ribbons of cucumber – an interesting take on the traditional rice sushi. It’s both delicious and refreshing.
The grilled chicken and salmon teriyaki are both served with a side salad and generous helping of boiled rice which comes sprinkled with ground spiced aubergine, adding an interesting kick to what would otherwise be a plain dish.
The chicken is delicious but slightly dry for my taste; but thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless. The salmon is succulent and fresh tasting; a traditional dish which Gilgamesh have excelled in. It’s filling and enjoyable.
It’s always my favourite part of the meal, but Gilgamesh exceeded itself in its stunning dessert platter – so hats off to pastry chef Pavel Baranov. Gilgamesh’s originality and unique take on the traditional is what sets it apart from the rest. On offer is a variety of velvety sorbets which acted as refreshing palette cleansers.
The Passion Fruit Crème Brule was creamy and light. The Chocolate Caramel Fondant can only be described as true perfection; upon breaking through the cake encasing a delightfully salted caramel sauce, I knew it was a winner.
Two of my favourite items on the platter were an unusual combination of flavours. The Green Tea and Black Sesame Cheesecake was pleasantly sweet. Perhaps my favourite part of dessert was the Chilli Chocolate Cake, which, with its mousse-like texture, is cooling at first, until the chilli becomes apparent.
There is a fabulous array of cocktails and in true Gilgamesh style, these come in a weird but wonderful mix of flavours. Although there’s a great selection of mocktails, the staff at Gilgamesh is wonderfully accommodating and happy to make any of the cocktails non-alcoholic.
The ‘Shuruppak’ is fruity and invigorating; a mix of apricot, peach, pineapple and watermelon, it’s great for those with a sweet tooth. The ‘Lugalbanda’, flavoured with rose, violet and lychee, has floral hints and is easy to drink.
To accompany dessert, there are a few pan-Asian inspired teas, which arrive in traditional stone cups and teapots. For a light and delicate flavour, I recommend the Jasmine Femme Fatale but for something slightly earthier, try the Green Moon Palace Chun Mee.
Overall, Gilgamesh’s lunch menu is slightly unimaginative in comparison to the A La Carte. But at £10 a head, for a main course and drink, it’s worth it because the food is outstanding. Gilgamesh are currently offering an under 12s menu which is completely free!
With fabulously presented food served in a luxurious space, the restaurant is definitely the best option for a stylish but quirky night out.
For more information and reservations please visit: www.gilgameshbar.com