Camel One

Pakistani/North Indian style - Wilmslow Rd, Rusholme
It's had lick of paint since last time
Most recent April 2010
The place has perked up a bit - but not that much.  We really wanted to follow the recommendation of mixed doner (from Will below) but we've found that deciding what to have before arrival often leaves you faced with something not very appetising. On this occaision the lamb doner was uncooked and the chicken doner down to the dry stumps, so we didn't bother:
Of the meat on the skewers the lamb looked best and was actually pretty good. I ordered chapatti rather than naan but this was forgotten and I got naan anyway - no big deal. The guys were friendly enough (usual loud TV on Arabic channels etc etc). The naan was decent and the salad sauces OK - the chilli sauce is still extremely strong with vinegar - I can actaully see this being more of an advantage with the doner than the relatively dry tikka kebabs - it's often nice to have something sharp to cut through greasy meat. It was all fine but we're in no big rush to return.
Scores out of 10
Meat 7.5
Bread 7.5
Salad/Sauces 7.0
Service/Setting 7.0
Average 7.25

Original review
Another iconic Rusholme establishment – and unfortunately another we’re not sure what the fuss is about.  The service is good but, like many places, a large TV was on very loud. Some of the meat behind the counter looked discoloured and dry, having been out there too long. So it's definitely better to look before making a choice. The chilli sauce tasted too heavily of vinegar and too much was sauce put on, drowning the overcooked meat. On another day perhaps there would be fresher meat, cooked better by another member of staff. Camel One is not a terrible place but it was pretty mediocre on the day and there’s no particular reason to suppose it would be much better at other times.
Scores out of 10
Meat 6.0
Bread 7.0
Salad/Sauces 6.5
Service/Setting 7.0
Average 6.6


  1. I'm sorry but you need to back since you must have had an off-day. Camel one is by far the tastiest kebab house around...

    5 sauces
    Red lamb donner meat
    Amazing chicken donner meat
    Brilliant bread.

    Go back and have a lamb donnner chicken donner mix with all the sauce and salad and then come back here and report

  2. Thanks for the comment Will. Possibly our ideal kebabs are a bit different from yours, though we will try again and report back.

  3. Fair enough you went back!

    Yes the chicken donner meat does not look that appeitising at that point, and shame the lamb donner was uncooked.

    I know exactly what you mean about the vinegar in the chilli sauce, but as you intelligently point out, it is likley to work better with the more fatty meat, hence my love for the sauce.

    Well, I still hold this as my favourite kebab in MCR, I've tried so many places over living in MCR for 8 years. Shame I've moved away now.

    Love the blog, and good luck with it in the future.

  4. Will, thanks for the comment. I don't often have doner but maybe that's what Camel One is all about - I will get there eventually. Please let us know of your other recommendations if you have any. Thanks.

  5. Have you tried the Turkish kebab shop in East Didsbury? Very nice.

  6. Hi Will,
    I don't think so. Do you know it's name?

  7. I went last night and the food was superb. Try the seekh kebab and naan bread or mixed kebab - its sad to hear that you have been on an off day - but seriously i was impressed with the food last night. it was delicious. I have eaten all over having lived in london and birmingham -- camel one does the best kebab - camel one represents that fact that manchester are famous for their kebabs!

  8. @ Flavours of Manchester

    The Turkish is called Istanbul Grill - 788 Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury

  9. Hello Will.
    I've been past Istanbul Grill, and have seen the menu online. It looks good, but seems to be more of a restaurant than a kebab house.
    We tend to review places that sell kebabs for around £3.50 that you can eat on plastic chairs near the counter.

  10. Hi,

    There is a proper 'kebab shop' on the side of the restaurant, I don't think they mention this online. I think the donners and shishes are around about £4 or so.

    Actually, I just had a peek on Google street view and it looks like it may have closed and been turned into a shop called 'Emblazon'. I'll ring them up and check... Could be a very sad day for kebabs.