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Turkish Food at Café Artemis in Campbell… But Is it Better than Redwood City’s New Kapadokia?

katya | | Feb 5, 2008 05:04 PM

I'll write this review Memento-like and start with the dessert. We ended our meal with the warm chocolate ouzo torte ($5.95) since we read a compelling review on Yelp by someone who wanted to, in Britney Spears' slurred words, "Eat it, lick it, snort it, f**k it." The ouzo torte was definitely f**kable. It reminded me a lot of Park Chow's warm chocolate cake. Yum, yum, yum! However, it differed from the menu description in several ways - 1) instead of caramel sauce we had chocolate sauce, 2) instead of vanilla gelato it came with coconut (tasty but didn't compliment it at all), and 3) there were a pile of pomegranate seeds on the sides. The cake, gelato, and pomegranate seeds all tasted really good... just not together.

The husband got the lamb kofte ($13.95) which consisted of ground lamb mixed with spices and made into a patty. They were good, but too lamb-y for me. He declared them better than New Kapadokia's similar beef kofte. I thought New Kap's were better; mostly because they were made of beef. (New Kap is an awesome Turkish restaurant in Redwood City that was our favorite Turkish place... until possibly tonight. We'll see how this review goes.) Also on the platter: bland tomato-flavored barley, white rice pilaf, grilled veggies, and tzadziki.

Another visit we tried the combination kebab platter ($16.95) and even thought it included five types of kebabs we *only* liked one - the lamb kofte.

I ordered the meze platter ($10.95) it included hummus (yummus!), tzadziki (a little heavy tasting), babaganush (okay but too white and looked like chicken salad), tabouleh, dolma (excellent), falafel, lentil kofte, and melitzanosalata (cold eggplant salad), as well as a platter of warm pita bread. The melitzanosalata was a nice (and tasty) addition since it's not listed in the menu as being included. I don't usually like falafel all that much, but they were nice and crisp here with a green interior that wasn't dried out. The lentil kofte was much creamier (like it belonged smeared on the pita) than New Kap's. The husband really liked it. I was split, but slightly preferred New Kap's.

Winner of Entrees:
Husband - Cafe Artemis
Me - Tie

Warm house bread is a nice touch, and it arrives with pinkish butter that's had some herbs added to it. It doesn't add as much flavor as it looks like it would. In comparison, New Kap's bread is addictive and has a really yummy butter spread.

Winner: New Kap

Busy. Had to flag someone down for a check. On another weekday nice they were very nice. The servers at New Kap by comparison are incredibly personable.

Winner: New Kap

One nicely decorated wall with fake atmospheric windows. One wall with real windows full of blinds. Cafe Artemis also has belly dancing Wednesdays.

Winner: Tie

Husband - Cafe Artemis (wow!)
Me - Tie (I still need to try the lentil soup at Cafe Artemis since I'm obsessed with New Kap's version.)

Café Artemis
1875 S Bascom Ave
Ste 300A
Campbell, CA 95008
(408) 626-8100

New Kapadokia
2399 Broadway St
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 368-5500

Judith on Cafe Artemis:

Jeni Bean on New Kapadokia: