An all round delicious experience at this old favourite

Time Out Says

Camelot restaurant in Adliya has seen various transformations over the years but the one thing that has remained constant about it is its food. While not exceptional, the French inspired menu has always been pretty good to varying degrees but my last visit changed my opinion.

There is a new chef in town and her name is Delicious. Ok I lied, it’s Maria, but it should be because she has elevated Camelot’s cuisine from good to the very technical term of ‘yummilicious’.

Monday night is mussel night at Camelot, where for a set price you can eat bowl after bowl of tasty moules marinières. My friends and I have been going to it on a semi-regular basis since we first found out about it but, not having been for a couple of months or so, I was especially looking forward to it this time.

Once there however, for no discernible reason I can think of, I made the decision to change my order at the last minute to a fillet steak with mushroom sauce. When chef Maria personally came to deliver one of the bowls of mussels to the table, the smell that emanated from the dish soon had me regretting my hasty decision, but she assured me the steak was well worth the slight delay and within a few short minutes I found out why she was so confident.

I’m a steak lover through-and-through and while I have had a few really good steaks here in Bahrain, I can honestly say this one was by far the best to date.

Living in Bahrain, you get used to asking for you meat to be cooked just a little differently to how you really want it, as they rarely get it just right. With this in mind, being a fan of my steak rare, I asked for medium-rare but this is a chef who clearly has a deep respect for a good cut of meat and my steak arrived cooked to perfection, with a perfect caramelised crust and perfect melt-in-the-mouth reddish/pink centre, served with a deliciously cheesy dauphinoise potatoe. I’m not ashamed to say that, had I been able to get away with it, I probably would have licked my plate clean.

As for the mussels, they tasted even better than they smelled. Camelot has always made good moules marinières but this time they were even better, and I have to admit the next time I go there I am going to have a very difficult time deciding between them and the steak.

On the downside, the one fault I can point out is that Camelot is not a vegetarian friendly restaurant and while the tagliatelle with spinach ordered by the one vegetarian among the group was also very good, she did quite rightly express a disappointment at the fact that there was nothing more on offer to choose from than just that or macaroni cheese.

Back to the positive though and the chocolate fondant ordered for dessert. Warm and delicious with beautiful creamy vanilla ice cream… Yum!

All-in-all this was an all-round delicious meal and between the warm and inviting atmosphere, friendly smiling staff and highly improved food, Camelot has earned its place on my personal list of favourite restaurants and I’m looking forward to the promised menu revamp.

The bill (for two)

Fillet steak with potato BD13.500
Mushroom sauce BD1.000
Unlimited mussels BD14.000
Chocolate fondant BD4.800
Total (inc tax) BD39.960

By Time Out Bahrain staff  | 02 Feb 2014

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Show number 17 717 745
Manama, Adliya, Shaikh Isa Ave, Al Adliya, Rd No 3825, Bahrain

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