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Omar's Uighur Cuisine

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  • kevin Dec 26, 2010 05:26 PM
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I'm basically speechless. Just simply amazing food. The lamb skewers were amazing and extravagnatly spiced, just how I like them (though some may find them to well-spiced), and I could have eaten skewer after skewer.

And the pastry stuffed with ground lamb and diced veggies and the braising lliquid was amazing. The care that went into pressing out that pastry dough and the careful spicing in this one is simply beautiful.

Too badd the restaurant is really small, and when it gets busy there can be a long wait. But the atmoshpere is great, service caring, and the food is truly made with love. I think this is one of the best new restaurants that I have been to in 2010, I was almost in a fugue-state reverie and this tiny cafe on a busy stretch of the San Gabriel Valley.

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  1. Do they have any beef dishes? Or is it just lamb? Any good bread or noodles?

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    1. re: J.L.

      Two out of the dozen dishes are chicken. But I did not notice any beef. And they do have a homemade noodle dish, which I didn't try but I'm presuming is pretty darn good (handmade noodles are truly the mark of a great restaurant). But seeing as the pastry dough on the meat pie was pretty expert. I take it that the noodles would at least be good.

      I forgot to mention that seeing as this restaurant is mostly lamb and is a very unique regional sliver of Chinese cuisine it may not be for everyone. But if you like lamb at all...

      1. re: J.L.

        The two foot long noodles are great.

      2. There's another thread on this restaurant here:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7335....

        I'm pretty much with you on the food, but we had quite a different experience with the service.

        1. Ok, I blew it - ordered cumin lamb and "cold noodles". Lamb was just a pile of thin slices of weakly-seasoned lamb, pan-fried (think steak-um). Noodles were just packaged spaghetti-type noodles tossed in lamb/mutton fat, vinegar, and a few slivers of cucumber atop. Set me back about $20.

          Saw a lamb noodle soup dish - is that where the hand-pulled noodles are hidden?? (didn't find them on the menu but I probably missed it). Meat pies looked pretty great - they were rolling the dough out and assembling each by hand, to order, while I was there.

          Next time, I'll get the skewers, meat pies, and what else?

          (yes, I realize there's another thread going on this place but hopefully this one's more food-oriented)

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          1. re: cant talk...eating

            We were there tonight, and the "Big plate of Chicken" definitely had hand-pulled noodles. It was a great dish--

            1. re: cant talk...eating

              Go for the meat pie and the lamb skewers either a half or a full.

            2. any menu links?

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              1. re: sushigirlie

                Someone posted the menu on Yelp.
                http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/54snWU...

                #10 was awfully good (Hand Pulled Noodles). I second "Can't Talk" in recommendation to keep away from #4 (Cumin Lamb).