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Dec 2, 2003 06:49 PM


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Are there any Burmese restaurants in Boston? Any GOOD Burmese restaurants worthy of a Birthday celebration?


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  1. Sometimes the Burmese baptists do a food fair - it is fabulous but random. If you want a real restaurant experience, go to Philly. Rangoon is a very good restaurant there and the Mohingha is excellent. Tell them ah-ko-jee sent you!

    1. There's a new Burmese place oening up next to the Model Cafe in Allston. No review as of yet.

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      1. re: Chrispy75

        No review as of yet because it's not open as of yet. We made a point of checking it out yesterday. The interior looks like it will be nice, but they still have the "Coming Soon" banner outside.

        1. re: Allstonian

          I hope they will serve "ginger salad"--possibly my fave dish, period :)

            1. re: Trumpetguy

              It IS open, and the food is glorious. Prompted me to write an essay on Burmese food (please read it and comment - its in the general chowhound topics). Authentic AND an excellent representation of authentic Burmese food - the chef is a great cook who knows his stuff!

                1. re: aventinus

                  I've been wanting to go to YoMa since they opened, thanks for reminding me.

        2. Last time there was a Burmese restaurant in town was about a decade and a half ago on LeGrange Street in the old Combat Zone.

          1. Okay, I'll ask the ignorant question: what is Burmese food like? I also noticed the aforementioned about to open place and thought that maybe I'd check it out after it opened - given it's not all that far from my home (though I thought that about Deep Ellum and still haven't been there). Descriptions, recommendations, etc... welcome.

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            1. re: po_boy

              I keep reading that the native food tends to be bland and not very exciting. It sounds like the really tasty/interesting food is that of immigrant groups, such as from South Asia, so there are a lot of variations on Indian dishes. I expect Yo-Ma will be serving variations on Thai as well (maybe some Malaysian?). I also read that the food in the coastal/beach areas has some of the most delicious (and spicy) in Burma (think fresh, flattened and skewered grilled squid with chili sauce). We can only hope!

              Incidentally, I've been to Burmese Superstar in SF several times, and I found most dishes quite delicious. Maybe there will be similar items?


              1. re: a l i c e

                I wrote a short essay on Burmese food in general topics... hope it gives you a good feeling for Burmese food. Happy chowing!

            2. My recollections of Burmese go way back to the long-lost Mandalay, which used to be on Huntington opposite Northeastern. The food looked rather like Thai or Vietnamese, same general style, but the spices were different. I don't remember the names of the ingredients, but the food was an interesting variation from that part of the world.

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              1. re: peregrine

                My experience with Burmese food also was at Mandalay (with the exception of a really disappointing dinner BFP and I had in NYC a couple of years ago), and 20+ years on I can't clearly recall more than a couple of specific dishes. Peregrine's description is good - things looked kind of familiar but were seasoned quite differently.

                The dish that has really lingered in my memory is the Sar Moo Sar. (The name seemed to be kind of a cognate of samosa, although the form of this dish was rather different.) This was an appetizer, about a 7 inch square item that was a flat filled pastry cut into 9 little pieces. The filling was ground beef, maybe with peas, and it was wrapped in a thin flaky pastry.

                I think I also remember some kind of a beef salad that was really good. But mostly I remember that we all loved the food at Manadaly so much that I've missed Burmese food ever since.

                1. re: Allstonian

                  Mandalay was the best. I've never been satisfied with Burmese food anywhere since then. They made a large soup/stew dish that was creamy with coconut milk, very spicy, and redolent with coriander that was always my favorite.

                  1. re: mrcdsmith

                    Shucks. I saw a new post and was hoping some new place had opened. Ah, the Mandalay...

                    1. re: peregrine

                      There is YoMa in Allston which is Burmese. They've got tea salad, ginger salad, I love the prata (prefer it to the roti canai at Penang and Royal East), and an assortment of noodle and curry dishes.

                      The Mandalay predates me so I cannot compare them, unfortunately. Nor have I ever been to Burma to try the real thing, but I think YoMa is good particularly so in the summertime as I find the various salads on offer to be nice and light.