The ambition that is Gilgamesh

Friday, June 30th , 2006

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This week I ventured into Gilgamesh, the ambitious new opening from Ian Pengelly, who originally set up the excellent E&O.  Despite the historically challenged notion of Egyptian décor for a restaurant named after a Sumerian king (which today would be Iraq) serving pan-Asian cooking, the place itself works well, and looks like being a great commercial success. See my review in the London section.

I am indebted to food expert Michael Jonsson for pointing out an interview in which Tom Aikens admits uses his lifestyle coach to select his meat suppliers. Call me old fashioned but Tom may wish to ponder the possible connection between this and why his restaurant still shows no sign of getting a second Michelin star.