Leg O’ Lamb, Anyone?
Seeing as it is Eid ul Adha, I’m going to let you in on Islamabad’s well known secret for lunch or dinner especially on the second day of Eid. Of course, as on all long, public holidays, Islamabad’s populous is limited to those select few for whom Islamabad is home in the true sense.
For these few, despite the first day of being stuck with butchers, goats and meat, Eid is an occasion to finally relax and sit down to enjoy some part of the sacrifice that they offered. And if you’re looking for something special, then nothing beats getting a whole leg of lamb (or goat) roasted at Usmania’s Restaurant in Blue Area. I guess, the service of roasting whole legs is available at Lasania and the other Pakistani Restaurants along Quaid-e-Azam Avenue but there is something about Usmania’s that has me fidgeting till my father hands me the first cut of meat (the leg) that I can rush to the restaurant, where it will get weighed, and prepared for marination and ready in time for dinner that day or lunch the next. You of course, can have it for lunch the first day of Eid, but for one you have to get there really early and secondly, it is worth the wait when you allow the meat to be marinated for longer so that when you finally have it in front of you, the meat is literally falling off the bone.
The charge is by the kilo depending on the size of the block of meat and you have your choice of tearing off the meat and eating it in a sandwich or pita bread or having it the traditional way with nan, raita and salad.
So try it and see for yourselves, one reason that my cousins and I wait for this eid every year is Isloo!
Happy holidays everyone!