339 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9003634.077323 -118.361597
Neighborhoods: Central LA, CBS Television City
Citysearch Editorial Review – Formerly Chameau, this restaurant (almost more like an upscale Tribeca eat-in deli) on busy Fairfax Avenue near Canter's offers simple sandwiches with a gourmet twist. Examples of a typical order at the deli, which seats around 30, includes a BLT with brie on a baguette (served with arugula tomato, bacon and Dijon spread). But the deli bar, true to its name, also serves alcohol--and a small bar at the front has a nice selection of wines and beers from all over the world (the owners are from Fez, so look for French and Moroccan wines). Salads are sizable here and the sandwiches could use some work, but for a nice upscale lunch, one could fare much worse than Deli Bar, with its bright design scheme and reasonably-priced specialty desserts.
Morrocan Heaven – We want them back in Silverlake! This is an excellent restaurant. Fine food, gorgeous decor. We have been going there for years fearful that the quality would eventually drop, but it has not. Au contraire.
Nothing like it – First, I'd like to talk about some of these awful reviews that are completely ridiculous. Not original? Excuse me, if this restaurant is not original then I don't know what is. Now the guy who felt insignificant in Chameau. Well hate to break it to you, but you are.
Now for MY review. The chef is amazing in the kitchen. The lamb, couscous, diverse wines, preserved lemon dip, should I go on? There should be a Chameau in every city.
CItysearch Editorial Review – French for "camel," this Fairfax District favorite offers foodies a delicious taste of Morocco. Tucked among the street's bakeries and shops, the copper facade of this windowless eatery might not look like much from the outside, but inside it's a colorful and suprisingly tiny space with an uber-designed dining room and blue-hued retro coffee shop-style bar. Mediterranean-leaning starters include chilled watermelon-cucumber salad, olive and eggplant tapanades while entrees range from olive-crusted baked halibut and roasted lamb to vegetarian-friendly options and the signature couscous tangines--covered plates steaming with fresh meats or seafood and couscous. House-made desserts such as almond pastries and the incredible "bastilla au lait," a monster-size, super crispy, paper-thin tortilla-like fried treat topped with berries and cream are perfectly paired with hot Moroccan mint tea.
Great dining experience – I have been meaning to write this place up for a while because I had such a great experience here. I took my sister to Chameau when she came to visit - I had never been so I was a bit nervous, but everything was wonderful. First, our waitress brought out Moroccan bread with a preserved lemon dip that was to die for. We had the duck bastilla as an appetizer - sort of like a savory pie with layers of thin dough and duck, which was wonderfully done. I read that Chameau is the only Moroccan restaurant in LA that makes the traditional bastilla dough rather than substituting phyllo, which is easier to work with. All I know is that it was excellent. For our main course, we split the lamb shank with quince and had sides of baby onion couscous and market vegetable tagine - all really good. I especially liked the mix of flavors in the lamb, which was fall-off-the-bone tender. We even had dessert - again, a bastilla, but sweet, and really enjoyable.
The service is something else I feel I should mention as it was impeccable. Our waitress was attentive and incredibly friendly. She knew how to explain the food and the cuisine, and let us know that the main courses were meant to be split so we didn't order too much food. She seemed to really enjoy working there, which isn't something you experience a lot in LA.
And finally, the sangria at Chameau is excellent - better than anything I've had at tapas restaurants in LA. Seems like someone finally understands that a good sangria needs spices!
Chameau was great all around. I can't wait to go back!
Always Terrific – I've loved this restaurant since its Silver Lake days on Hyperion Avenue. The food is so special. The Fairfax location has a warm feel and friendly service.
Great food, friendly service – Went here to try something new - what a great experience! Everything we tried on their new summer menu was delicious (the menu now is 'designed' for entrees to be shared). The place even has Moroccan wines to choose from. The staff was extremely friendly and honest (told us, after allowing us a taste, that Moroccan wines are merely a novely for the restaurant). Parking can be a pain, but beyond that, a great, relaxed environment.
examplary customer service – So friendly, unpretentious, gracious stuff! The decor is cozy, funky but also very inviting. The food is out worldly and ?nouveaux?, so do not expect to see the usual Moroccan fair like Moroccan chicken or Harira. If you want to eat well and to feel like you very well deserve it this is the place!
The BEST food, environment, & drinks in Los Angeles – I love the cozy yet cool environment that this place provides. It's intimate and romantic but also a great place to go with a group of friends. I've eaten at this place about 6 or 7 times and every single time I leave there with every expectation met and more. The white sangria has become my new staple and it's really hard not to leave there drunk! (so make sure you have a DD if you're drinking the sangria.) The duck bastia is one of the most perfect appetizers with the perfect combination of sweet and salty. The lamb melts in your mouth and the cous cous and veggies go perfectly as sidekicks to the lamb. Dessert is irresistable! Oh and don't forget to get mint/green Moroccan tea with dessert!!!
Horrible service – I've never felt more insignificant in a restaurant before. We were seated promptly, but to wait 15 minutes before we had a glass of water. When we were trying to compare 2 or 3 bottles of wine, our server was clueless. "Ah, that one's very good. That is also very good." We both really enjoyed the food. It seemed the guy that delivered our food was more attentive than our server. Our water was filled once...since I was particularly thirsty when arriving, I drank my glass within a couple of minutes of it being poured. I didn't get a refill untill just before the check arrived. We didn't stick around for dessert. This was a special occasion, and though the food was tasty, the service was extremely poor and odd- almost distracting. Will not return. Awful experience.
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