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Charmeau Report

JudiAU | Nov 17, 200401:10 PM

We tried Chameau last night and enjoyed ourselves. We will be back soon and are happy to have them in the neighborhood.

Is there anything so sweet as swiping a great local restaurant from another part of town?

First they brought us warm bread with fat, good olives, eggplant spread, and a mellow preserved lemon olive oil.

Several basket of bread later we tried lusty merguez sausage piled on top of rich hummus with a soft cheese and a skillful dish of boned and stuffed sardines, served with shaved fennel, sweet peppers, and house made harissa.

(Lusty looks at husband.)

After a bit of a wait we tried the lamb shoulder tagine with sultanas, baby vegetables, cous cous, and a wee pitcher of lamb juices to anoint the whole of the meal. We also had an excellent spinach and eggplant side. (I think mature vegetables would have been a better choice for the tagine. The carrots had lost their flavor.)

If you haven't eaten cous cous in awhile, beware. It seemed to expand in our stomachs the entire night. Eat moderately.

(No more lusty looks at husband.)

Two appetizers, one entrée, one vegetable side, one bottle of wine, one bottle of water would have happily fed three instead of two. $80. Appetizers were under $10, entrees were all under $23.

Very vegetarian friendly.

Service was slow and scattered but well-intentioned. I think they may be understaffed and there was a very large party to be dealt with.

Wine service is slow and limited and they were out of both roses we wanted to try. We tried a modest and mellow bottle of red that worked fine.

Local parking is brutal but we were told we could park in the lot a few doors down.

339 N. Fairfax
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(closed Mondays)

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