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Where and what was the best lamb you've had in LA? Any ethnicity, and place!

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  1. I know some people on the board don't approve of the restaurant, but some of the best lamb I've had was at Turner New Zealand @SCP

    Also had some great lamb @Hatfield's

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    1. re: ns1

      Turner has gone down under. Closed in March. Jiraffe in Santa Monica does a very nice lamb.

    2. I love the lamb birria tacos from the El Taco Llamas at Magnolia/Cahuenga and Sherman Way/Lankershiem.

      1. I like the lamb chops at Le Petit Bistro on La Cienega, I have been eating there for years. If you call ahead to Cayenne Cafe on Beverly Blvd, you can ask Noura to make lamb chops, she makes great lamb chops.

        1. If OC counts, I really enjoyed the lamb at Old Vine in Costa Mesa.

          1. If you are in the Valley and high end fits your budget I suggest Max's or Mistral. I have attended several wine tastings at Mistral where they have served their lamb dhops against Cabernets, Rhone and Rhone style wines and I have always been impressed.

            1. Any unusual lamb dishes?

              I like the lamb at China Islamic. nothing beats a nice shank with the bone and marrow still intact!

              Is there someone out there doing new things with wooly beast?

              1. Napa Rose in Anaheim always has a seasonal take on Colorado lamb on the menu. Always good.

                1. The lamb sirloin at Cafe del Rey (for brunch) was amazing; perfectly cooked and accompanied with creamy, parmesan polenta and basil pesto.

                  A perennial favorite are the lamb chops at La Cachette.

                  1. has anybody had the lamb chops @Skaf's?

                    1. mmm.... lamb! There is a curry at Jitlada with lamb that is scrumptious; I think I've mentioned it before on this board. Pampas Grill in the Farmer's Market has a grilled lamb that is really tasty. And a guilty pleasure that I often find myself eating is the Lamb Gyro Plate at El Greco in Los Feliz. The meat (there may be some beef in there as well) is grilled crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Ask for the rice as an accompanying side dish -- it has cloves in it -- and the tzatziki, which complement the lamb quite well.

                      1. The lamb chops at Le Petit Greek on Larchmont are tasty. Best part is the sidewalk dining and people-watching, of course. The flambeed cheese is sort of fun, too. I know next to nothing about Greek food, so can't vouch for how good the food there is, overall.

                        1. Not unusual, but perfectly done steakhouse style rack of lamb cannot be beat at Mastro's in Beverly Hills. It easily surpassed the bone-in filet as my number one red meat choice when dining carnivorously.

                          1. Just so you know: If you don't want to spend $30 for a restaurant lamb entree, head to Trader Joe's. In their freezer section, they have beautiful frozen lamb T-bone chops, four to a cryovac package, for $6.99 per pound. They are meaty, well over an inch thick, and perfect for marinating in some garlicky red wine and then grilled or broiled to a crusty medium-rare perfection. TJ's also sells racks for $9.99 per pound, but I like the chops even better.

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                            1. re: nosh

                              I roasted TJ's burgundy peppered lamb last night and it was delicious. Everyone commented on how it really tasted like lamb rather than the bland stuff that is generally sold in markets. One of the easiest dinner preps I've done in a long time.

                            2. The Clay Oven in Sherman Oaks makes a lamb kabob in their tandoori that is out of this world. I don't usually enjoy lamb cooked beyond medium rare, but this is the one exception. Just a squirt of lemon and it's a lamb flavored fiesta in your mouth!

                              1. The lamb barbacoa at My Taco is insanely good. Best I've ever had.

                                My Taco
                                6300 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042