A few of my family members have attended Lamb Jam Boston for the past 3 years. This was our first time joining them. I don't think I've mentioned this lately but my SIBO and Lactose Intolerance have been lessened greatly. I have been able to eat some dairy along with Lactaid pills since September. With that knowledge I was finally able to join in for this gourmet competition.
Lamb Jam Boston included 16 competing restaurants, multiple beverage vendors, a DJ, and a few extra activities! We arrived on time after circling the area for a parking spot and had a short wait for the line to move. Once inside we started at the front and made our way clockwise starting at our left. Over the next couple of hours I tried small bites, elegant plates, tacos, sandwiches, soups, dumplings, and more! The portions the restaurants provide are not small by any means! I tried to eat as many as I could but I missed out on 4 restaurants.
Here's a list of the restaurants from Lamb Jam Boston's Facebook Page:
Chefs will be divided into 4 Global Flavor categories.
The Honey Paw | Mami Portland | Simjang | Sulmona Restaurant
Commonwealth Cambridge | Cook & Brown Public House | Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions | Townsman
Emilitsa Greek Restaurant | Little Donkey | The Salted Slate | Spoke Wine Bar
Central Provisions / Tipo | Moxy | Our Fathers | Sarma
I'll start with the restaurants I didn't enjoy. The Arepa from Backroom at Moody's wasn't made to order. Unfortunately, that meant that the bun was dry and the cheese was congealed and stuck to the bread. The Al Pastor from Backroom at Moody's also wasn't very good. The flavor was fine but there was a gritty and unpleasant texture.
Here are some of the great dishes I tried! The Smoked Lamb Rib with za'atar honey glaze from Little Donkey was flavorful and had a wonderful texture. The Lamb Merguez - harissa, halloumi, spring pea + mint tabbouleh, tehina (minus the hallumi) from Our Fathers was bold and balanced.
Finally, my personal top 3 dishes. The Za'atar Roasted Lamb Falafel with split pea hummus, miso tahini, and amba from Sarma was a large portion, savory, creamy, and still had texture from the falafel. The Lamb Dumplings - aromatic broth, grilled ramps, basil, annatto oil from The Honey Paw offered a wonderful dumpling dough with chew but a soft texture filling and the accompanying broth had a wonderful depth to it. The Kohitsujiyaki - dashi batter, sake kasu marinated and roasted lamb belly, kewpie, okonomi sauce, katsuobushi, benishoga, negi from Mami were so good I went back again! The hot, savory, sweet, and satisfying bite were amazing.
My vote went to Mami but I can completely understand how The Honey Paw won as their dumplings were outstanding! If you are ever in the Portland, Maine area, be sure to dine at The Honey Paw and Mami. We ordered take out from The Honey Paw back when we stayed in Portland this past February and you can read about it here.
In addition to these amazing dishes I tried a couple of cocktails. I enjoyed the Jager Punch Tail, and the Bombay Sapphire Mule. In addition to these drinks were Super Fun Wines, Brooklyn Bel Air, Lagunitas, Peroni, plus a variety of non-alcoholic options.
Keep a look out for information on and definitely give Lamb Jam Boston 2019 a try!