Location: Calle El Caimito, from Parque Central, 2 blocks towards the lake.
El Camello is one of our favorite places to grab lunch. It’s a Mediterranean food joint on Calle El Cisne and Calle El Caimito. The food is light fare that won’t slow you down for the rest of the day. I’ve never been a huge fan of falafel balls, and this place hasn’t changed that. I can’t really chime in on whether they are good or bad, although I suspect they are at least on par with the best falafel balls out there.
What I can recommend, however, is the chicken shawarma. You can get it either as a sandwich wrapped in a pita or as a plate. I usually get the plate because I prefer to use a knife and fork. I’m sophisticated that way. Only savages shove food into their eating holes with their bare hands! Of course I’m kidding. I routinely shove food and other random things into my eating hole with my bare hands.
Every time I’ve had the chicken shawarma it’s been cooked perfectly. What I like about it is that the chicken breast is not a gigantic, thick slab but it is pounded out thin and delicately grilled; always perfectly juicy. It comes with a serving of green rice. I’m not sure why the rice is green, but I readily accept it regardless of color or creed because it is damn awesome.
Today I had a different chicken dish. It’s not on the regular menu, but was on the chalkboard as the daily special. I don’t remember what the name of the dish was…garlic chicken something-or-other…but bless my falafel balls was it amazing. It definitely gave the chicken shawarma a run for its money.
We’ve never been in the evening, but they have a PA system and mixing board. I’m guessing maybe they do live music. We will have to check that out.