Before going to Gilgamesh I’d built it up in my mind as a gorgeous, dimly lit, blow-your-mind, special restaurant. Sure, I was mainly basing this on sightings of celebs there in the social pages of the paper and what a few friends had told me, but I was ready to be impressed. That’s why I chose to have my birthday dinner there with my special man.
So when we walked into a restaurant decked out like an Indonesian holiday resort – complete with palm trees bedazzled by fairy lights – we were both a bit shocked. Chic and posh? Not quite.
The Indonesian meets African meets Thai decorations made for interesting surrounds but looked a bit like the owner had just bought up the left overs from an exotic bric- a-brac sale.
Our Bali-style carved wooden table with metallic flower decorations sprinkled in (somewhat decaying) rose petals was a gorgeous backdrop for our food though.
I almost missed my dessert because I couldn’t stop staring at the winged, sphinx like bronze statues watching over us. When dessert came – a green tea creme brûlée and ice cream with toffee nut wafer – it was just as interesting as the decor, but worked a lot better. But it still lacked any wow factor.
Unfortunately dessert was upstaged by a Pixie Lott lookalike walking in. Blinged up with huge fake glittery eyelashes, dark make up, 80s jumpsuit and an equally sparkling entourage, I couldn’t keep my eyes on my food. Hmm…maybe it really was her and Gilgamesh really is a celebrity hangout after all?