It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a foodie and nothing gets my tastebuds tingling more than Thai food. Luckily my husband knows this only too well and whisked me off to the city this week to help me celebrate my birthday in style at one of my favourite restaurants, Gilgamesh.
Gligamesh is a pan-Asian restaurant set in the heart of Camden Market. It opened it’s doors 11 years ago and is a restaurant like none other I’ve eaten in before. You enter Gilgamesh from the front and up the escalators where you’re faced with hand carved furniture and walls, a 40ft high ceiling with fully retractable roof, plus floor to ceiling glass windows. The place is huge and seats 200 in the main dining room, with an additional private dining room and large bar area off the side of the main room.
Dishes at Gilgamesh range from dim sum, sushi, and crispy duck and watermelon salad to beef bulgogi, Thai green curry, five-spiced baby chicken and Chilean sea bass.
To start we shared the ‘crispy chicken wings with sweet and sour kimchi glaze and crispy garlic’ and ‘duck spring rolls with cucumber and spring onion, served with hoisin sauce’.
The duck was juicy, the pastry was crispy and the sauce was sickly sweet, just as it should be. A few mouthfuls down the line and the plate was empty.
The sauce on the chicken wings had a welcome hint of spice and garlic. There were six in the portion which is a generous amount for a starter. The only disappointment was the fact that they weren’t crispy, something which the menu promised they would be.
Having been to Gilgamesh a few times before I already knew what I would be having for main course. The ‘Thai green chicken curry’ is the best I’ve ever tasted – and I’ve tried a fair few over the years. Packed full of extremely tender chicken, peppers, green beans, mini corn and much more, this dish is bursting with flavour.
As well as a side of coconut rice we also ordered the ‘pork spare ribs’ to share. Coated with ginger, chilli and garlic and finished with a hoisin sauce they were a great little extra. The meat fell off the bones, just as you’d expect, and the sauce made a nice change to the usual BBQ that you find on most other ribs.
We didn’t really have room for dessert, but that didn’t stop us ordering the ‘deconstructed salted caramel cheesecake’. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t what we were expecting and was more like a fruity mousse with the addition of caramel coated popcorn. Nonetheless it was a nice way to finish the meal.
The food at Gilgamesh isn’t cheap and the above, plus two beers and one cocktail, came to £118. This is more than we’d spend on an average meal out, however you do get what you pay for when it comes to food and in my opinion it’s worth the money.
The service was professional, the atmosphere was upbeat and most importantly, the food was delicious. Gilgamesh remains one of my favourite restaurants that London has to offer.