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Cafe Artemis in Campbell

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Cafe Artemis in Campbell

sflegs | Jun 25, 2008 02:52 PM

Went here last night for dinner with a friend. We started with the Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava split which was refreshing and chilled perfectly so I thought we were in for a great meal. We decided to split the soup special instead of an appetizer - lemon chicken - which was good, but I've had better. There just wasn't enough lemon even when we squeezed the wedge they provided as a garnish.
We opted for different wines with our meals and my dinner companion had Cankaya by Kavaklidere from Turkey and the Chicken Beyendi for his entree. The Cankaya was very crisp and smooth. He devoured the Beyendi and would have licked his plate were we not in public.
I opted to try to Kebab platter to get a taste of a variety of the grilled meats and got the Solaris Winery Zinfandel to go with it. The Gyro meat was pretty bad. It was dry, stringy and chewy. Not tender and moist as it should be. The Chicken Kebab and the Adana Kebab were the best things on the plate. The rest of it was over cooked. The seasonal veggies weren't grilled as I expected them to be and they were also (sadly) over cooked. If I were to return, I would definitely not order the combo platter. The Zinfandel was good and went well with the grilled meats so I would order that again.
Our server was fine but he didn't seem to know much about the wine list which was disappointing since I would have liked to try one of the ones from Turkey or Spain but without a description, I didn't want to risk it not going well with the meat.
Maybe we went on an off night, but I wouldn't recommend it and don't plan on returning.

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