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Thursday, June 10, 2010

What to Have for Lunch: Kebabs of Hayes Valley's Lamb Wrap

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Kebabs of Hayes Valley is not the same restaurant as Hayes & Kebab, okay? Yeah, it's located in the same space, and the name of this three-month-old restaurant is awfully familiar, and the menu's almost identical. Hayes & Kebab, which Tablehopper reported was "squeezed out" of the space this winter, is expected to move two blocks away. Until the two restaurants are open simultaneously and SFoodie can conduct a kebab-off, we have contented ourselves with Kebabs of Hayes Valley's lamb shish kebab wrap ($6.95), which is to Truly Mediterranean's shawerma rolls as the Southern California burrito is to Papalote's: skinnier and plainer. The lamb chunks are grilled to order, then combined with a discreet tomato-cucumber-onion salad and shredded lettuce, napped in a pale orange tahini sauce, and tightly rolled in lavash.

Is the lamb smothered in black pepper? It is, but it's also tender. The tahini sauce could use another wallop of something, so request extra hot sauce or a lemon wedge. Then make sure you seat yourself away from the industrial sheet pans of baklava, which will otherwise haunt you until you leave.

Kebabs of Hayes Valley 406 Hayes (at Gough), 252-5100.

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