Among the myriad of restaurants along Victoria Avenue, Kamel is a cosy restaurant serving quality Middle Eastern and North African inspired dishes. Even for a Thursday night the two rooms are abuzz with a refined crowd engaged in happy chatter over a candlelit dinner. With a table of 8, it is good that we have booked beforehand.
Dim lighting creates an intimate ambience. We are seated in the back room which is smaller, cozier, but offers the slightest glimpse into the kitchen where their impressively lined containers of ingredients sit along the shelves. A wallpaper of bookshelves give the impression of a sizeable library collection for an eatery, but are curiously contained behind metal fences. Delicate, yet humble flames dance in the fireplace.
The menu (and chef of course) spoil us for choice. Prose and imagined images of roast pork belly, moroccan chicken skewers on a quilt of fattoush and seared scallops decorate our minds. We want them all, but settle on a small subset to appease our limited stomach space and wallets. The persian pilaf is especially tasty. For those who just can't make a decision, Kamel has tailored some banquets so there's one less thing for you to fuss over.
An extensive beverage list is also featured from wines, beers & ciders and the more intriguing spiced cocktails that are good to share in the approaching cooler months. Yes, winter is coming but drinks can easily be adapted to suit.
Dinner is served 7 days a week and takeaway options are available; breakfast and lunch are a weekend only affair.
19 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park
Dinner – 7 nights from 5.00pm
Takeaway – 7 nights from 5.00pm – 9.00pm
Breakfast – Fri-Sun: 8.00am – 3.00pm
Lunch – Fri-Sun: 12 noon – 3.00pm