Melbourne's neighbourhood Middle Eastern cafe
At Melbourne's neighbourhood Middle Eastern cafe Kamel, head chef Naveen Kumar teams finely sliced fennel, orange segments, kalamata olives and an orange juice reduction with roasted pork belly and an intense parsley, garlic and fennel seed sauce. ''I love the flavour and crunchy freshness of fennel with pork,'' says co-owner Mindy Dunn. ''It's such a wonderful marriage with the sweetness of the oranges.''
The Age: Good Food Lift-out 'Hot food with Jill Dupleix (previously The Epicure) - Tuesday 29th April 2014
Dishes sing with simplicity and spice
“the air heady with scents of ground spices…dishes sing with simplicity and spice... a quinoa tabbouleh bright with cucumber, mint & pomegranate cuts through the richness of a sticky beef with molokhia (Egyptian spinach), and lifts a chicken tagine with roasted vegetables. Weekends, Kamel serves breakfast with Turkish bread or macadamia dukkah".
The Age: Good Food Under $30 – 2014
"Kamel's mezze-style plates are designed for sharing but that's easier said than done when the food's this good. Spoon-tender calamari coils exude heady aromas of green chilli & complex spices... Half serves of most dishes mean you can ward off food envy and not blow the budget, well versed staff help you through the most difficult decisions"
The Age: Good Food Under $30 – 2013 (previously Cheap Eats.)
You've arrived in the land of plenty
"You feel you've arrived in the land of plenty here when your food arrives…Kamel serves these Middle-Eastern inspired dishes in luxe surrounds: the wood-lined courtyard has an abundance of cushions, while large ornate brass lamps decorate the interior. Service is friendly & attentive"
The Age: Cheap Eats 2012
Eclectic range of wines by the glass
“This short and sharp list is perfect pitched to Kamel's Middle Eastern food. The eclectic range of wines by the glass set the scene with a number of bright, breezy whites and soft, supple reds. The main list continues the theme with benchmark wines comfortably rubbing shoulders with newwave producers.”
2012 Australia’s Wine List of the Year Awards
“In Arabic mezze means 'to savour in little bites', and Kamel cherry-picks the very best Mediterranean-rim flavours for it's "I'll-have-one-of-everything-please' menu... Chunky fritters of zucchini, corn, feta and chickpea flour are satisfying in the extreme, but the pistachio crumbed goat's cheese served with fig paste and herby Turkish bread is a show-stopper...”