Been meaning to try Camilo's for sometime now. Easy street parking for an 8pm reservation, made that day. Upon entering you become aware of the giant space Camilo's occupies. High ceilings, sparse lighting and a comfortable noise level are refreshing. Tables are well spaced. The no corkage policy is an added bonus. The food was good but not inspiring-save for the dessert. Some starters were the garden salad which looked good and was nicely proportioned. A "Mediterranean Tower" of chopped tomatoes, cucumber, black olives and feta topped with a white bean hummos and served with toasted pita points drizzled in herbed olive oil. Sounds better than it tasted. Potentially better but the intensity of the flavors seemed absent. Also the corn fritters with shrimp-never tasted it but it looked good. Main courses included filet mignon and T-bone that were very good and the Camilo's chicken. The filet comes with stilton and walnuts served with mash potatoes and a few carrots and peas. The T-bone is massive and looks like it's Tuscan cousin. Don't know what it came with as that was all I could see on the plate. The chicken is a boneless breast with a spinach, cheese, pistachio (?) rubbed under the skin and comes with a red pepper coulis, green rice and some vegetables. The chicken was dry and flavorless, the sauce was little too sweet. The bottle of '97 La Rougette Cab Franc helped a lot. Dessert was the best course of the night. We went one 1 for 2 with the warm fudge brownie in chocolate sauce served with vanilla ice cream winning over the tiramisu.
4 starters, 3 mains, 2 desserts, 1 coffee came to $106 (no t & t).
Positives: Ambiance, no corkage, decent prices, easy reservations, breakfast is suppose to be great.
Negatives: Inconsistent dishes and not much else.
The Schwartzenegger, "I'll be back" Verdict: Absolutely, but not as often as I had hoped.
2128 Colorado Blvd.
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