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Aug 22, 2011 06:17 PM

Leg of Lamb

Any suggestions for a great cumin-y, garlic-y, crispy leg of lamb?

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  1. Is it possible that there's no truly great leg of lamb in town?!

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    1. re: cuisinetoujours

      The best lamb in town is probably at Aqui es Texcoco in CV. It's barbacoa and not cuminy, garlicky and crisp. More like soft, suave and savory. Goes particularly well with their salsa negro.

      1. re: DiningDiva

        Great place, slow cooked moist and tender, although the parts of the lamb they use are rib, shoulder and head.

        1. re: cstr

          I thought they used the whole lamb

          1. re: DiningDiva

            I've haven't seen leg on the menu but, the barbacoa, especially the shoulder and rib meat, have so much flavor, I mean it's all lamb! Here's the menu.


        2. re: DiningDiva

          I tried Texcoco yesterday. Loved it overall. The broth was amazing. My only critique was that the lamb was barely warm.

          1. re: dbwave

            oh, that's a bummer. Sorry to hear that.

            1. re: dbwave

              Next time let Paco know about the food temp, he's all about feed back.

              1. re: cstr

                Will do. Really liked the meal. Could just be a bit warmer. Has anyone tried the Lamb Head? Saw that and got curious? Also, how is the rabbit?

                1. re: dbwave

                  We had the rabbit once -- wouldn't do it again. It was very dry, and the flavor wasn't partiularly pleasant. It was okay, but the lamb is so, so much better. For rabbit fans only.

          2. re: cuisinetoujours

            It is entirely possible. I can't think of any place that has Roast Leg of Lamb on its regular menu, it seems more seasonal around Easter or Christmas.

          3. Muzita Abyssinian does leg of lamb a couple of ways.

            1. While not Leg of Lamb and not a particularly chow-ish place, Pizza Nova makes a Slow Roasted Lamb Shank that I love. It's melt of the bone tender with plenty of vegetables and flavor.

              Pizza Nova
              5050 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

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              1. re: sdnosh

                yum, braised lamb shank, great fall weather fix'ins. That's brings up a good question, any great Moroccan tagine places that preps it?

                1. re: cstr

                  Kous Kous makes a fantastic lamb shank tagine.

                  1. re: mayache

                    yes it is, a great combo for lamb shanks. Any recs?

                    1. re: cstr

                      Heh, I didn't mean the dish couscous, I mean the restaurant Kous Kous in Hillcrest (The couscous there is also very good, as it is steamed in the traditional fashion, but this is beginning to become confusing to write about).

                      1. re: mayache

                        Thanks, the menu looks great, got to plan it soon.