Now, I normally wouldn’t be ordering barbeque from  Hard Rock Cafe. But this one is in Kuwait City. No alcohol or pork, of course, those are illegal here. I did see camel meat in the local Carrefour here though, no joke. From the cuts, you get a lot of meat out of a camel. But I digress. In all other respects, this Hard Rock Cafe could have been in the US. Well, except for the setting and booth with a view of the Marina area promenade running along the Persian Gulf and beautiful views of the city shoreline. This is not a restaurant review, I am reviewing only one dish. As I am a lamb addict and there was no pulled pork to sample (they did have pulled chicken), I had to try the Arab attempt at southern US barbeque, in this case pulled lamb.
Hard Rock Cafe in foreground with pyramid

Hard Rock Cafe in foreground with pyramid

The sandwich was pulled lamb on a bun and came with cole slaw on the sandwich eastern North Carolina style. I LOVE eastern North Carolina pulled pork, but I hate the slaw. I asked them to leave off the slaw on the sandwich and as a side as I always do in the states. It also came with french fries and baked beans. The sandwich was really huge, a ton of meat. They offered a vinegar and a sweet Kansas City style sauce. I went with the vinegar based sauce. The fries were the standard fair, fried well and tasty. The baked beans were a bit strange, maybe too sweet, I had a hard time deciding just what it was, but I didn’t eat many. I was full from the sandwich, anyway, it didn’t matter.

Pulled lamb sandwich, vinegar sauce, fries and baked beans

Pulled lamb sandwich, vinegar sauce, fries and baked beans

I have to discuss this sandwich in two contexts. As barbeque, it failed. It would have been a lot better if it had been made with wood or charcoal to pick up some smoke flavor. The vinegar sauce has a touch of ketchup and wasn’t bad, but this did not resonate as barbeque. I have had grilled and wood cooked lamb and this wasn’t it. However, as a pulled lamb sandwich, it was good. Most Americans wouldn’t appreciate the strong lamb flavor, it wasn’t hidden by spices or other manipulations. It was tender and moist and was pure lamb. I was quite happy with the meal.

Large sailboat is a dhow built in 1938 and sailed the sea trade until 1994 in the Persian Gulf. Gulf. This is at the Science Center down the promanade from the Hard Rock. It was a nice day for a walk.

Large sailboat is a dhow built in 1938 and sailed the sea trade until 1994 in the Persian Gulf. Gulf. This is at the Science Center down the promanade from the Hard Rock. It was a nice day for a walk.

 

 


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