Gilgamesh (restaurant)

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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>

Celebrity connection

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Girugamesh chefs preparing Asian dishes

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"/>




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