The site of a sign advertising camel burgers came as a complete surprise to me. Gee, really, camel burgers? But Arabian Nights is a brand new restaurant in Moore Street, Liverpool trying something a little different. There's a distinct Middle Eastern desert tent décor thing happening inside. Pictures of camels walking along sand dunes, Berber carpets, fezes, faux desert tent ceiling, mood lighting and Arabic tea sets.
I introduced myself to Maz, a local lad who has a passion for camel burgers. What kind of camel burgers did I want he asks me? "Wow" I thought, there's a choice? It's not quite McDonald's but the menu is quite extensive.
There is the basic 'Arabian Camel' which comes with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and choice of sauces. There is an 'Aussie Camel' which adds beetroot and an egg, a 'Tropical Camel' adding pineapple and a double pattie '2 Hump Camel'. The final item on the Camel menu is the 'Hump 'd' Lot Camel' for those that can't decide.
I opt for a patriotic Aussie Camel with special sauce, chips and a drink combo. I'm happy with the serving size and its smoky char-grilled flavour. The runny egg oozing through the burger is a winner. The chips are seasoned with paprika and other mystery Middle Eastern spices and are a surprise treat.
Maz says "they're better than beef and tastier than lamb". I can't say the flavour is overly distinctive but I can however safely describe the flavour as camel, halfway between beef and lamb.