Delicious Spree LA to Z...C is for Chameau
LAist is going on a delicious spree around LA from A to Z. This week, we continue with...C is for camel, and if you're French, that's Chameau.
There's something north about Chameau - North African cuisine. But it’s only the food that makes a simple, sophisticated statement in French-Moroccan. No gaudy harem-like decor with slippery silk pillows tossed around a floor covered with thick, plush rugs. No half naked belly dancers shimmying between diners. No high pitched wailing of music that I am too ignorant to even know what to call.
But there's also something very south about Chameau. South Beach, that is. For the decor feels much more like South Beach, with whispers of Moroccan, and much less like what others may call cool, LA-casual. Geisha House is LA. Sushi Roku and Katana are very LA. Their decors are flashy. The vibe is loud and very much in-your-face with "This is LA!" No, Chameau is an understated chic, cool without having to scream it. We don’t know how or why, but it just whispers. Just inside the front door, there’s a tiny bar, glowing electric blue (which is probably why, like Montmartre Lounge, it makes LAist think of South Beach right off the bat), that’s only wide enough to seat four people. Maybe five if, well, they’re tanorexic waifs from South Beach.