Oh Camden, you are such a strange and surreal place. A real mixture of bars, pubs and restaurants call this lockside area home and the nightlife is so so active. You might even find a few late night revellers crowding around Amy Winehouse’s doorstep. Venture into the Stables Market and you discover live music venues, some quirky watering holes and you might even locate Gilgamesh.
You could be forgiven for thinking you had been transported to the West End – red carpet, ropes, tall intimidating girl with clipboard and angry looking bouncer. Though this is very un-Camden like and might not be totally in sync with the local vibe, up the escalator (yes the escalator) and you’ll soon forgive the unnecessary door antics. Inside, it’s huge. Gilgamesh is glamourous and is a taste of uber luxury in the heart of Camden.
Restaurant/bar/club combos are so rarely enjoyable. They often play host to a strange crowd dynamic when no one really feels like they are getting the full experience. Gilgamesh has been smart to separate its drinkers and diners from its party goers.
Set menus are awful. I hate them. A selection of things you don’t really want to eat and make your choice based on “what is the thing I can deal with eating”. The set menu at Gilgamesh is brilliant. I was stubborn enough to stick to a la carte and was left with a serious case of food envy when my date’s food arrived. I did manage to steal some of their Scallop Sui Mai and Hobo Miso Chilean Seabass. The food is not the cheapest but the value for money for the £60 set menu is very good. If you decide to stick to a la carte however, you won’t go wrong. The restaurant is headed up by maestro Head Chef Ian Pengelley.
If dinner has gone well, head upstairs to the 9000 sq ft club where you’ll find VIP booths and plenty of dark corners. Gilgamesh is extravagant, sultry and sexy. A great date venue if you’re willing to splash the $$$$. You won’t fail to impress and if the date doesn’t go as well as you might have hoped, at least the venue wouldn’t be to blame!
Tickets! Tickets! Tickets! We have them. You want them. Our F**K Valentine – Just Party event at Kanaloa is getting closer.