Camden’s pan-Asian restaurant Gilgamesh adds a dedicated Champagne bar and chef’s table to its vast offering.
The sight of summer nearing is certainly something worth celebrating and down by Camden Lock, Gilgamesh has got the right idea. Its newly opened Belle Époque Champagne bar houses plenty of Perrier-Jouet to enjoy by the glass (from £13) or bottle (from £65), as well as a healthy collection of Champagne cocktails (£15) to complement, including a sweet and vibrant Ishtar (Havana Club rum, rose liqueur, raspberry puree, lemon juice, Champagne).
In addition, those wanting to get up-close and personal to the chef and his kitchen will enjoy the new private chef’s table. Through an ornate glass screen decorated with gold linen, diners will be able to see the preparation table as their dishes are put together whilst Chef offers a personal running commentary of the food and drink selected.
Both are set against the main restaurant which boasts lofty 40ft-high ceilings but the over-decorated and out-dated spectacle of Babylonian-themed interiors still manages to overwhelm the senses. The menu, which features an extensive selection of sashimi, sushi and dim sum, does appeal with much delight to the senses though.
The scallop siu mai (£8) offers wonderful scallop-tenderness and prawn-bite with just one gobble and the super-sized salmon avocado maki rolls (£10) are conversation-stoppers – seriously, if by some feat you manage to pop one of these in your mouth, you won’t have room for anything else. The “new-style” seabass sashimi (£10) which comes in a zingy, citrus juzu dressing tastes beautifully fresh and it’s worth trying the inventive ika zushi rolls (£10) too – eight stuffed-squid rings topped with a generous smattering of quinoa, tobiko fish roe and chives to finish on a high.
Gilgamesh, The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London NW1 8AH