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Best of lamb in SF/East Bay?

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dordogne Jan 14, 2008 11:49 AM

Note below re buttery tender lamb shank at Le P'tit Laurent set off a serious lamb craving. What are the best lamb preparations you've had--haut cuisine, bas cuisine, Indian, Chinese, any other cuisine? Which spots have the best wines to pair with lamb?

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  1. JasmineG RE: dordogne Jan 14, 2008 11:56 AM

    I had really good lamb vindaloo at Flavors of India on College in Berkeley -- the treatment of the lamb seemed much better than in a lot of places, and the sauce was very flavorful. I've also had great lamb at Kokkari in San Francisco.

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    Flavor of India
    3211 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

    1. JasmineG RE: dordogne Jan 14, 2008 11:56 AM

      Let's try the link again...

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      Flavor of India
      3211 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

      Kokkari Estiatorio
      200 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA 94111

      1. Lori SF RE: dordogne Jan 14, 2008 12:00 PM

        Incanto Lamb Neck, great wine list.

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          Morton the Mousse RE: Lori SF Jan 14, 2008 12:06 PM

          That lamb's neck makes shank feel like leather. Just incredible.

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            Euonymous RE: Morton the Mousse Jan 14, 2008 01:05 PM

            The lamb's neck at Incanto is just amazing. And their wine list is impressive, too.

            I still think the shank at Le P'tit Laurent was like butter, though. The tenderest I have ever eaten.

            Can you tell I like lamb?

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            dordogne RE: Lori SF Jan 16, 2008 07:24 AM

            yesyes, that lamb neck is a classic Cosentino head-to-tail dish, rich flavor and amazing texture. When I tried it last year, I looked around the restaurant and noticed that every table within eye-shot had at least one order of the dish. Unfortunately, it's not on the menu right now but the maitress d' said it will be back, although she could not predict when.

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              Hunicsz RE: dordogne Jan 16, 2008 08:10 AM

              Oh, I'm so sad to hear that! I'm going next week for my birthday (my first visit) and I'd been dreaming about that lamb neck. Oh well, an excuse to go back I suppose.

          3. Civil Bear RE: dordogne Jan 14, 2008 12:08 PM

            My favorite:
            Cumin Lamb, China Village.

            Not the best lamb shank, but a bargain nonetheless:
            Valencia Pizza & Pasta

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            China Village
            1335 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

            Valencia Pizza & Pasta
            801 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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              Deeg67 RE: Civil Bear Jan 14, 2008 02:20 PM

              Surprisingly, I actually like the cumin lamb better at Classic Sichuan. A little more fire and complexity, IMHO. Both are certainly great preparations.

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              bkaufman RE: dordogne Jan 14, 2008 01:09 PM

              Shanghai 1930 lamb shanks are simply the best!!

              1. Ruth Lafler RE: dordogne Jan 14, 2008 02:39 PM

                The best lamb I've had in recent memory (outside of my own preps of my CSA lamb) were the lamb chops at La Ciccia. We almost didn't order them because they didn't sound particulary Sardinian, but the waitress talked us into them, and they were delicious.

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                La Ciccia
                291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

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                  BN1 RE: Ruth Lafler Jan 16, 2008 12:33 PM

                  100% agreement on the lamb chops at La Ciccia. I order this dish often, all over California and currently these are my favorites. It's the herbs that make them stand out.

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                  Hunicsz RE: dordogne Jan 14, 2008 03:40 PM

                  I love, love, love the lamburger at the New Zealander. It won't be the best lamb you've ever eaten, but is incredibly moist and flavorful nonetheless.

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                  New Zealander
                  1400 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

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                    Lillian Hsu RE: dordogne Jan 14, 2008 05:54 PM

                    I've had really good lamb chops at Indus Village in Berkeley, sizzling hot with a mess of onions.

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                      JasmineG RE: Lillian Hsu Jan 14, 2008 09:41 PM

                      I've had those lamb chops too, they're great, you're right.

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                      auntielola RE: dordogne Jan 14, 2008 07:01 PM

                      I've always liked the lamb dishes at The Helmand, an Afghani restaurant in North Beach. Love them all, but especially the baby pumpkin appetizer with ground lamb and yogurt sauce. Sounds odd, I know, but once you've had it, you'll crave it for all time.

                      1. sfeater RE: dordogne Jan 15, 2008 03:11 PM

                        The Lamb Tajine at Tajine on Polk. With prunes so only if you don't mind sweet preparations. BYOB so the pairing is up to you.

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                        Tajine Moroccan Restaurant
                        1653 Polk St, San Francisco, CA

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                          foodeye RE: dordogne Jan 16, 2008 12:53 PM

                          The current menu (will stay for about one more month) at Dona Tomas includes a really tasty lamb birria.

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