339 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Cuisines: Deli, Mediterranean, Family Style, Sandwiches, French, European, Continental
Price Range : Average
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09/01/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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.
01/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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!
07/28/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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.
04/28/2007Provided by Citysearch -
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!
11/01/2006Provided by Citysearch -
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!!!
11/13/2005Provided by Citysearch -
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.
09/12/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Chameau is unequivocally my favorite restaurant in town. I hesitate to review it so highly because it's such an unknown gem right now. Well, the word will get out eventually. Chameau has some of the best tasting food in Los Angeles. The meal starts with warm, soft, and perfectly seasoned foccia with fennel and lemon (?) brined olives and infused olive oil. The duck pastilla and shrimp and crab appetizers are phenomenal. For a main course be sure to try the lam shoulder tagine with macerated golden raison, root vegetable, and caramelized onion cous cous. And, for dessert try the house made ice cream or champagne and raspberry granite. As a bonus, order a bottle of (cheap @ $20!) blended Moroccan wines that perfectly compliments the meal and finish with some fresh mint leaf hot tea for an exceptional meal.