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Review: Lunch at Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh: New Lunch Menu

After spotting on Twitter that the team at Gilgamesh were about to launch their new lunch menu, I thought I would take advantage of the situation and go and see what it was like.

Both Anna and I have long been fans of Gilgamesh – in fact it was Anna who introduced me to it way back on our first date.

Sat in the heart of Camden’s Stables Market, Gilgamesh produces some of the finest pan-Asian food around, and their new menu really didn’t disappoint.

Walking into the restaurants cavernous dining room is always an experience, and it was actually the first time I’ve seen it in the daylight.  Though the sun was shining, it wasn’t quite warm enough for their retractable roof to be open.  With me being a vampire and all, this suited me just fine.

“The service is impeccable, and the quality of the food is out of this world.”

As an aperitif, I had their Raspberry and Elderflower Collins cocktail, which was lovely and summery.  It was just a touch too sweet for my taste, and maybe could have benefited from a little less sugar syrup and a touch more lemon juice to balance the sweetness of the elderflower liqueur (I’m assuming St. Germain).  It was a perfectly good drink though, don’t get me wrong!

Gilgamesh: Salmon and Avocado Maki Rolls
Salmon and Avocado Maki Rolls with Tempura Crunch
Gilgamesh Hamachi Yellow Tail Nigiri
Hamachi Yellow Tail Nigiri

I started with the Salmon and Avocado Maki Rolls, which were served rolled in a tempura batter crunch, with wasabi mayo and pickled ginger on the side.  On the side, I also ordered a couple of pieces of Hamachi Yellow Tail Nigiri.  I’m consistently amazed with the quality of the food at Gilgamesh.  As you can see from the photographs, the presentation is beautiful.  I particularly enjoyed the maki rolls – the tempura crunch added an extra texture to the softness of the rice, salmon and avocado, by giving them that extra ‘bite’.

For the main course, I opted for the Panko Crispy Teriyaki Chicken Salad, served with a side of Gilgamesh’s awesome special fried rice.  The panko bread crumbs on the chicken were crisp and golden brown, while the meat remained tender and juicy.  The chicken pieces sat atop quinoa, dressed with some mild chopped chili for some edge and a fragrant herb dressing, the major aroma being mint.

Gilgamesh Panko Teriyaki Chicken
Panko Crispy Teriyaki Chicken Salad
Gilgamesh Burnt Milk Pana Cotta
Burnt Milk Pana Cotta

At the waiter’s recommendation, I went for the burnt milk panna cotta for desert, which was served with pistachio sponge, yoghurt and lemon sorbet, all sat atop a scattering of biscuit crumbs.  Whilst I really enjoyed the desert, I did feel the yoghurt was perhaps a touch on the sour side, and could have maybe benefited from being a bit milder to offset the sourness of the sorbet.

I really can’t praise Gilgamesh highly enough.  The service is impeccable, and the quality of the food is out of this world.  At 2 courses for £9.95 and 3 for £12.95 for lunch, this really is Michelin-quality food for Café Rouge money.

 

 

 

 

Gilgamesh serves lunch Monday to Thursday between 12:00 and 15:00 and 12:00 to 17:00 Friday to Sunday.

 

Gilgamesh

The Stables Market,

Chalk Farm Road,

Camden,

London NW1 8AH

www.gilgameshbar.com

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