Cafe Artemis in Campbell
- sflegs Jun 25, 2008 02:52 PM
Went here last night for dinner with a friend. We started with the Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava split which was refreshing and chilled perfectly so I thought we were in for a great meal. We decided to split the soup special instead of an appetizer - lemon chicken - which was good, but I've had better. There just wasn't enough lemon even when we squeezed the wedge they provided as a garnish.
We opted for different wines with our meals and my dinner companion had Cankaya by Kavaklidere from Turkey and the Chicken Beyendi for his entree. The Cankaya was very crisp and smooth. He devoured the Beyendi and would have licked his plate were we not in public.
I opted to try to Kebab platter to get a taste of a variety of the grilled meats and got the Solaris Winery Zinfandel to go with it. The Gyro meat was pretty bad. It was dry, stringy and chewy. Not tender and moist as it should be. The Chicken Kebab and the Adana Kebab were the best things on the plate. The rest of it was over cooked. The seasonal veggies weren't grilled as I expected them to be and they were also (sadly) over cooked. If I were to return, I would definitely not order the combo platter. The Zinfandel was good and went well with the grilled meats so I would order that again.
Our server was fine but he didn't seem to know much about the wine list which was disappointing since I would have liked to try one of the ones from Turkey or Spain but without a description, I didn't want to risk it not going well with the meat.
Maybe we went on an off night, but I wouldn't recommend it and don't plan on returning.
Thanks for taking the bullet and reporting back.
1875 S Bascom Ave, Campbell, CA 95008
I'm sorry your experience was not a positive one. We had dinner there on a Saturday a few weeks ago, and enjoyed the food. My husband actually preferred the gyro here over Athena Grill's version. Must've been an off night... We also had the combo plate and none of it was dry. It was juicy & tasty - sounds like the opposite of what you experienced, too bad they're not more consistent. My fave was the lamb kofte. I didn't have any of the veggies, so I can't say how they were cooked. My friend had the grilled salmon entree and it was also cooked correctly - still moist. I had a Riesling that I don't see on their BTG list, it went well with the food. The boys enjoyed a Greek beer & had seconds. I don't recall the name. My friend had the white wine sangria, which was disappointing. I will agree that the service could be improved. We didn't seem to have one consistent server. But because we did enjoy the food, we would go back.
We finally tried this before a movie at the Camera 7 and happened to do it back to back with Athena Grill the night before. The comparison did no harm to either place.
We had the mezes sampler, the chicken beyendi, and the salmon shish kebab, with one glass each of the Turkish white (Canyaka) and red (Yakut) wines. I agree with Judith on the falafel on the mezes plate - this may be the best that I have had in the Bay area. The baba ghanoush and tabouli were other standouts. The chicken beyendi was fabulous, featuring a zingy tomato/onion/pepper sauce and delicious eggplant puree. The salmon was very good but the accompanying rice and garlic mashed potatoes weren't as lively as the eggplant puree.
Now that we have a nice dinner option, we may go to the Camera 7 more often!
We revisited this tonight and it was even better than I remembered. The chicken beyendi was still a smash hit, and a smaller portion than I remembered. That's a good thing; I remembered overly large portions from before. The lahmacun was the best I've had in my limited experience, with a nicely spiced meat topping. Previous versions I've had were blander and less tasty.
We split a dolma appetizer whose lighter vegetarian treatment with raisins, almonds, and yogurt was a delicious alternative to other denser versions around town. Next time though I'll have to pass on the Yakut wine; there are lots of other interesting wine and beer choices available.