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Japanese people are a crazy bunch, They love kawaii nails, knee high socks, and they'll happily take part in karaoke without needing shots first. The current trend in Japan is for menus of food infused with edible collagen, as its believed to have anti ageing properties, feeding your skin from the inside out, This has just launched in the UK, and the first venue to serve collagen infused food is Gilgamesh in Camden.

I went down to try out the menu and see whether collagen food really good affect my skin. The menu was reasonably extensive, you had a variety of options to choose from including starters, mains, salads and dessert and I was advised that it would be best to have two or three dishes each.

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The menu featured a variety of food infused with edible collagen, everything from wheatgrass and avocado shots to sorbets for dessert. Dishes included Collagen Inside Out Dumpling , Collagen Bento Box of Chargrilled Salmon, Black Sushi Rice, Mixed Leaves, Tomato & Onion Dressing and Collagen Goji Berry Sorbet. I opted for a main of a collagen and seaweed salad and found it very tasty. The addition of collagen wasn't noticeable in terms of texture of flavour and the sorbet for dessert tasted like the real deal.

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Prices were reasonable, with starters coming in at £6, my salad for £12 and a Bento Box for £15. Portion sizes were substantial for the mains though the starter were a little on the small side.

Do I feel healthier for the experience and do I look any different? I think that I'd really need to be eating daily from this menu to notice any long-term changes to my skin, but I did feel virtuous eating from the collagen menu, and the addition of edible collagen didn't detract from the taste. I'd suggest it if you're looking for a dinner experience that won't cause you pangs of guilt, and the more collagen the merrier.

To try the experience for yourself, contact Gilgamesh Restaurant to make a booking.