Template:Use dmy dates Template:Infobox Restaurant Gilgamesh Restaurant Bar & Lounge is a restaurant and bar in Stables Market, Camden, London, opened in June 2006. Despite its Mesopotamian name and theme, the restaurant typically serves South East Asian, Chinese and Japanese-inspired eclectic cuisine. It is headed by chef Ian Pengelley, who once opened a joint venture with Gordon Ramsay with the Asian restaurant Pengelley's in Knightsbridge. Gilgamesh is popular with celebrities.
Template:Double image As the name might suggest, the restaurant is inspired by the Sumerian king Gilgamesh.<ref name="Metzelthin2007">Template:Cite book</ref> Furnished with dark wood and heavy furnishings, its owners claim its reliefs and carvings are the work of over 10,000 workers from Northern India.<ref name="RahimJamelle2007">Template:Cite book</ref> It contains a range of exotic imagery, and is intended to evoke the mystique of the Babylonian era. Its interior is said to be an "ostentatious replica of a Babylonian palace".<ref name="The New Yorker">Template:Cite book</ref> The tables and chairs are also supposed to be reminiscent of those of the palaces of Ancient Babylon. The London Restaurant Guide describes its bar as being like a theme park, and says, "This is one of those restaurants that sets great store by glitz and it certainly seems to strike a chord with a clientele that isn't too "bovvered" about the food, preferring cocktails, champagne and celebrity."<ref name="Campion2008">Template:Cite book</ref>
The restaurant is popular with celebrities, such as Johnny Vaughan, Lisa Snowden, Sarah Harding, David Gest and Carol McGiffin, who has cited it was her favourite restaurant in London.<ref name="Telegraph">Template:Cite web</ref> In April 2011, chef Gino D'Acampo allegedly requested to be seated in a section of the restaurant in Camden that was not being used, but lost his temper when staff would not let him sit where he liked and left.<ref name="Telegraph"/> He later launched an attack on Twitter on the quality of the restaurant's food, despite not having been served a meal, although fellow chef Andrew Nutter joined D' Acampo in denouncing the restaurant, remarking, "I have actually paid double just to make sure I will never return to the restaurant again."<ref name="Telegraph"/>