Lime Review - Eating & Drinking
On entering this Pan-Asian restaurant set in the heart of Stables Market in Camden you are transported to a magical mix of Middle Eastern styling and mysterious mythology.
Cross the enormous bustling dining hall (where every chair and table has been hand-carved to tell the story of Gilgamesh), and discover the Babylon VIP Lounge and Bar which boasts intimate booths draped in deep red muslin curtains and a separate private circular bar.
Critically acclaimed head chef Ian Pengelley serves up an extraordinary banquet-style feast. To start there is a medley of seafood, succulent and fresh. Obscenely huge prawns, razor clams served in their beautiful shells with a delicious black bean sauce, and just a few oysters married with a contrasting sweet salsa.
The sushi makes the most dramatic entrance, delivered amidst plumes of dry ice and presented beautifully on a large banana leaf, which in turn rests on a traditional bamboo mat. Slowly, as the dry ice mist dissolves, the salmon, yellowtail, tuna and prawns are revealed. Exquisite!
The deep-fried salt and black pepper squid follows in a neat paper cone with a sweet soy dipping sauce peppered with tiny cubes of cucumber.
The main course of beef fillet nestles on the most delicious wasabi mash and is served dripping with a mouth-watering sweet chilli sauce. Dessert is a mango sorbet and a petite chocolate mousse: rich, yet light and creamy with popping candy sprinkled over the top.
The myth of Gilgamesh states he was the son of a mortal king and a goddess, the strongest superhuman to ever exist and the greatest king on Earth. Kings and Queens among us (and all in between) will adore this restaurant.
Info: Gilgamesh, Camden View, Camden Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH
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