After reading a review in the NYT my husband and I decided to go back to La Camelia last night. We had not been there in about 15 years. What a pleasure! First off, it is such a charming restaurant and we felt like we were on vacation in a country house in Europe. The service was old world style - they even bring a whiteboard with the specials listed to your table. In fact, instead of the usual martini glass most places use today, my husband's margarita was served in a margarita glass (leftover from the 80's that has a man in a sombrero taking a siesta on the stem. The cuisine is Spanish but there are a lot of French dishes on the menu. Dinner started with an amuse of potato frittata. My husband had the grilled shrimp with guacamole for an appetizer and the pork tenderloin in honey mustard sauce for dinner. All were perfectly cooked and delicious. I had the duck a la orange which I am a sucker for. The duck was so tender and the confit let was falling off the bone. A little miss was the sauce – it was a little too thick to think and beefy to be a great orange sauce. We did not have dessert but wonderful thin buttery chocolate chip cookies came with the check. They were crispy and thin and oozing with butter. Yum. There are tapas, lots of traditional Spanish dishes – like paella. It was so worth the visit and such a nice change from all the new restaurants around with the NYC vibe and the $20 glasses of wine.
La Camelia Restaurant
234 N Bedford Rd, Mount Kisco, NY 10549