I heard the Kwik Meal cart on the SW corner of 45th St & 6th Ave had real lamb, not the fake gyro meat, so I wanted to check it out.
And the reports were correct. When I got back to the office, Today’s Lunch was a great looking and wonderfully smelling dish of real lamb over basmati rice with a small salad on the side. I wish this website had smell-o-vision, so you could smell it too.
The lamb was tender and nicely spiced, with some green chili sauce that was used so sparingly I hesitate to call it a sauce. It did add some heat, so that’s probably why it was put on lightly. I’m not a spice expert, but there was definitely a decent amount of black pepper and salt, and what seemed like cumin and coriander.
The basmati rice was very good too. It was cooked the right amount of time, and seemed like only butter was added to the rice. It provided a nice base for the lamb.
The salad was basically a little lettuce, tomato and radish. The salad dressing was a ranch-style dressing, which was thicker and more complex than the standard food cart white sauce, and they put it on the side so you could control how much to put on.
Today’s Lunch was a winner, a 9.5 out of 10. How often do you see real lamb on a food cart? Very rarely. The menu said $8, but they charged me $7.50. I would rather have real lamb and pay a few bucks more than have fake gyro meat for $5 or so. When I was younger, it was all about the quantity of food. Now it’s more about the quality of food.
One word on prices. There was a sign on the Kwik Meal cart saying that “due to the high cost of food such as shrimp, salmon and lamb, prices were going up as of May 10th – and they appreciate our business.”