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Dave_G Nov 27, 2006 01:31 AM

Just driving by and noticed a new Burmese restaurant on Roosevelt at 72nd Street. We asked the waitress inside and she said it's been open for 2 weeks. Anyone been there yet with review/rec's?

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    Mike V Nov 27, 2006 04:45 PM

    I just noticed the Burmese Restaurant at 11:30 this morning. Curtains were drawn so couldn't look inside. The door leading into the place is all metal and no indication it was open or anyone was inside. No menu posted outside. This is all very negative. Pushed open the door and went in and was greeted by very loud music and a young waitress. No take out menu's. Looked at the regular menu. Large soups, Burmese Chinese Dishes, Burmese Curry Dishes, Appetizers and Desserts. All very reasonable. Nothing on the menu seemed interesting. I'll wait for a review.

    1. welle Nov 27, 2006 07:45 PM

      "Curtains were drawn so couldn't look inside. The door leading into the place is all metal and no indication it was open or anyone was inside. No menu posted outside. This is all very negative."
      Why negative? sounds very much like Sripraphai in its earlier days. I'd say it sounds promising.

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        juhlee Nov 29, 2006 02:32 AM

        i'm burmese and just tried this restaurant tonight. i found it to be a little better than village mingala in manhattan. enjoyed the lephet thoat and the fish curry (although the waitress said it was butterfish but i think it was catfish or bullhead). would not recommend the Mo-hinga, oh no kyauk swe. it does seem promising though and would return to try other dishes since the options for burmese food in ny are limited.

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          Pan Nov 29, 2006 07:11 AM

          Is there a Mingala in the West Village as well as the East Village? Do you think that this new place merits a trip to Jackson Heights from the East Village? (I used to like Mingala about 15 years ago and haven't been back in at least 13 years, I figure, since they changed their chef and it deteriorated drastically.)

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            fat_hot Aug 8, 2007 12:29 PM

            There's also an uptown Café Mingala, at 1393 2nd Ave (between 72nd and 73rd). I haven't been to the downtown branch but the uptown one is fantastic. I've been there several times and it's consistently wonderful and usually empty.

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            nobody special Nov 29, 2006 08:36 PM

            Do they have thousand layer bread? I love it. Any coconut curry?
            Oh, I need to try this place.

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              juhlee Nov 30, 2006 10:01 PM

              I don't remeber if they have thousand layer bread on the menu or not. Actually don't know if I've ever even tried thousand layer bread. Typical Burmese curries don't have coconut in them. If you want coconut curry, try Thai food. There is a chicken coconut noodle soup that is a popular Burmese dish but the Burmese Cafe has a poor version of it. The best place that I've had coconut noodle soup is at Jaiya in Chinatown. It is the Malaysian version but boy is it good, and hot.

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                Pan Dec 1, 2006 08:50 AM

                Jaiya in Chinatown? You mean Jaya. Jaiya is a Thai restaurant, and not in Chinatown.

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                  daniellaczar Jan 10, 2007 05:53 PM

                  they just missed a letter, it's jaya-it is a malaysian restaurant in chinatown

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                    foodzot Feb 14, 2007 05:51 PM

                    Jaya on Baxter is great. When the weather permits they have outdoor seating, staff are extemely attentive and friendly. There is a small bar around the corner that has karaoke several times a week for those interested in hitting the mic.

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                    foodzot Feb 14, 2007 05:38 PM

                    Is this Jaiya in Jackson Heights?
                    Are they still open? I used to eat here before discovering Sri.

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                      JH Jill Feb 15, 2007 10:14 AM

                      They're talking about Jaya Malasian on Baxter in Manhattan Chinatown. Jaiya Thai, formerly on Broadway near Baxter in Elmhurst, is no more.

            2. welle Nov 29, 2006 02:01 PM

              I tried the place last night too, for a take-out. The waitress was super nice and even offered me tea while I was waiting for my food. I had never had Burmese, so cannot compare, but I liked what I got. For two of us, I got this duck soup (sorry don't remember the burmese name - it's under Burmese specialties), beef curry and fish cake salad. Everything had a very unique different taste. Duck soup had some pieces of duck (with bone and skin) and fresh and pickled bokchoy or mustard greens (?), the broth was very thick almost glutenous, rich with tiny pieces of duck. The soup had this rich flavor with ginger and sourish from the pickles and don't know what else, I thought it would be a perfect dish for when you have cold. The curry was very good too and completely different tasting from any other SE or South Asian curries (curry was red, sort of like rendang, but different tasting from rendang). The fish cake salad was great too - crunchy from the cabbage (?) and and fried fish, had lots of fish cake in it - enough to make a meal. My total with rice and tax was just under $20. My only complaint was that both hot dishes were not hot enough (I had to re-heat them at home). They're open 7 days a week 10 to 10.

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                foodzot Feb 14, 2007 06:08 PM

                Come to think of it one evening we ordered the shrimp sambai. It arrived cold and undercooked. we sent it back and they brought out another order and didn't charge us for it. The roti chanai is amazing and very inexpensive.

                There is Pinang Malaysian on Queens Blvd. Really good. Took an uncle from Malaysia there and I asked him "how does it compare with the food in Malaysia" and he said "It is really authenic and delicious.
                It's also a beauitful restaurant with a very helpful staff.and if I am not mistaken you have a full view of the kitchen from the seating area.

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                juhlee Nov 30, 2006 09:58 PM

                Don't know if there is a Mingala in the West village. I went to the one in the East village and have never returned.
                Regarding whether Burmese Cafe merits a trip or not, sure if you want to try something that is different from other Asian cuisines out there. The Roosevelt Avenue area is worth visiting alone for the mulititude of ethnic restaurants in the area. I'm going back.

                1. Peter Cuce Dec 3, 2006 06:01 AM

                  This past evening I had a great dish here, Tea Leaf Salad, an enticing combination both taste and texture-wise, crunchy and smooth, dry & oily, prepared with tea leaves, bean sprouts, small peanuts, thinly sliced candle nuts, and tomatoes, among other ingredients. We also had a beef rendang (labeled as Beef Curry on the menu), different than other versions I've had but still quite good, and squash fritters, consisting of a squash that reminded me somewhat of daikon, but with a light green rind, coated and deep fried and served with a nice sambal. I also enjoyed the Burmese tea, made with both evaporated and condensed milk, somewhat strange taste but good enough that I ordered two. Dessert was two variations of shweggi (sp?), coconut cake, recommended by our waitress. Service couldn't have been friendlier. All this, with free green tea and two orders of jasmine rice came to $28 before tip.
                  There's a section on the menu of Burmese Chinese food. Has anyone tried this stuff?

                  Tea Leaf Salad
                  http://static.flickr.com/103/312646944_7554690ce3_b.jpg

                  Rendang
                  http://static.flickr.com/112/312647545_3d7bfc39c1_b.jpg

                  Squash fritters
                  http://static.flickr.com/112/312646739_a24a051b25_b.jpg

                  Coconut cake
                  http://static.flickr.com/106/312648211_67f7b03338_b.jpg

                  Burmese tea
                  http://static.flickr.com/117/31264591...

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                    nobody special Dec 3, 2006 09:46 PM

                    Peter, great review and photos. The tea leaf salad looks delicious. I wish I had ordered it.

                    When I went to BC, the place was full of Burmese and it looked like a lot of them were ordering big heaping platters of the Burmese Chinese food. It was sort of suprising.

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                    Mike V Dec 3, 2006 11:15 AM

                    Peter, many thanks for the incredible review with photos. I'll be visiting tomorrow and will mention this restaurant to others. We can't afford to lose this Gem for lack of business. A great addition to the neighborhood.

                    1. Brian S Dec 3, 2006 08:08 PM

                      Just got back from lunch. Place full of chowhounds! Well, not full, but three tables of what Bruni calls "intrepid chowhounds" I ordered the steamed fish curry. It certainly looked authentic, though I have little experience with Burmese food. The sauce was very granular, full of tiny pieces of spice, meaning it was hand-prepared in a mortar. It wasn't homogenous and the red oil separated out. So it looked like village cooking. (It looked a lot like the beef photo above.) And it tasted wonderful, not like Thai or Indonesian or anything else. The dominant spice had a sweet, tart flavor a lot like capers. The fish, by the way, was fresh sardines. If everything else is this good, we could have a Burmese Sripraphai.

                      Burmese Cafe
                      71-34 Roosevelt Av
                      (718) 803-1820 (staff is helpful and fluent in English)
                      www.burmesecafe.com

                      For more on the cuisine of Burma, aka Myanmar
                      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuisine_...

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                        LoveaFair Dec 5, 2006 09:50 PM

                        The link to burmesecafe.com says 'site under construction', so don't bother with it, fellow chowhounds.

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                        marachino Dec 10, 2006 11:11 PM

                        Went there about two weeks ago. Fish-cake salad was deliciously spiked with green chili, and gourd fritters were crispy and light. Also ordered stir-fried fish curry under Chinese-influenced dishes--redolent with garlic, onion, and chili. As authentic as I can remember from my visit to Burma ten years ago. The number of Chinese-influenced dishes in a Burmese restaurant should not be surprising--this is how Burmese eat when eating out or entertaining (Indian food falls into this category as well).

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                          nobody special Dec 11, 2006 03:20 PM

                          Ah, thanks. That explains a lot. From what I saw, I felt like the only patron there not ordering Chinese-influenced dishes. Burmese-Chinese food seems to be in a class of its own, no?

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                            Myatlin Apr 25, 2007 09:30 AM

                            Generally, Burmese people cook Burmese at home and eat Chinese or Indian (or at least the Burmese variations of those) out. Also, over the decades/centuries, many originally Chinese/Indian dishes have been assimilated into the Burmese cuisine. Lots of indirect Thai/Malay influences as well, especially in the south (Tavoy/Mergui areas).

                            Mark

                          2. welle Dec 11, 2006 07:54 PM

                            I went to the Burmese Cafe over this weekend again and thoroughly enjoyed it. This time we ate in. We had Tealeaf salad, Duck soup, Pork curry and from the Burmese style Chinese dishes - Kung Pao. Tealeaf salad was like Peter Cuce described - great combination of unexpected flavors and texture. Duck soup tasted a bit different from my previous experience, but still was very good. Pork curry was the winner - when we ordered the waitress explained that they had 2 types of curry: one sweet and the other sour (made with mango). We chose sour type it was really really good, I cannot even explain the taste. Kung Pao was nothing special - next time I'll try the chinese fried rice our neighbors were having - it looked so much better. I noticed most Burmese were having some kind of Rice Noodle dishes (salad? soup?) - looked really really good. Staff couldn't be nicer, I'm so glad about this new addition to the neighborhood!

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                              Pan Dec 12, 2006 08:23 AM

                              I'm guessing that the souring agent in the sour curry is UNRIPE mango, called amchur in parts of India. It gives a delicious taste to dishes.

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                                foodzot Feb 14, 2007 06:27 PM

                                My ancestry is East Indian. I was born in Guyana. Anyways, we use green mango to cook with. We usually use it in seafood dishes... adds a bit of zest and sour.
                                The green mango is best if it's very young. When you can cut right through the seed.. by slicing... the seed is underdeveloped and ressembles a large white bean but harder but you can beak it in two using your hands... YUM

                              2. Polecat Dec 29, 2006 12:24 AM

                                Finally hit this place tonight, or, rather, earlier this evening, around 5pm.

                                I can't add much to the above-praise, other than to throw in my ante with the growing list of hounds who dig this modest, homey haven for good food at an amazingly affordable price. Thanks to all above-posters for recommending this restaurant, as it turns out, occupies the same space as a now defunct, but well-received Phillipino joint, just a few doors down from Zabb Thai.

                                We - my wife and myself - were won over by our first course, the much-ballyhooed Green Tea Leaf Salad (see Peter Cuce's photos above), which proved to be the highlight of an excellent dinner. This dish has a uniqueness to it that is so outside of my eating experience - I, too, am not too up on Burmese cuisine - that it's subtle deliciousness is almost impossible to describe. The extremely friendly hostess, when we asked about the ingredients, informed us that the tea leaves are actually imported from Myanmar (which also explains the unique taste of the complimentary tea). She even brought out some leaves for us to taste.

                                We also had the Fish Cake Salad, the Duck Soup and the Steamed Fish Curry. I especially liked the Duck broth, which had a slight tang, and was also unlike anything that I had ever tasted. All of the ingredients tasted fresh, the leafy vegetables in the Duck broth especially so. We rounded out the meal with a dessert platter of Kassava, Banana Cakes and Coconut Cakes (all good and refreshing - my preference being the Banana) and two cups of Burmese Tea, which reminded us of a hot, frothy version of Thai Iced Tea. The whole meal, including two orders of rice, set us back 40 bucks (not including tip), which amounts to an amazing value for the money.

                                While we were eating, a young Burmese couple walked in - turns out that the woman was the owner. If I understood her correctly, she had just flown in from California, and this was her first time actually entering the place. I told her and the hostess - who both know of Chowhound - to check out this especially positive thread. They seemed genuinely happy to hear of this.

                                Great atmosphere as well, what with Burmese puppets hanging from one of the walls. In all, how can you go wrong with a flat screen tv that shows, amongst a roster of indigenous pop hits, a Burmese Karaoke video version of "Heart Of Gold"?

                                Neil Young would be proud.
                                P.

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                                  Dave_G Dec 29, 2006 07:15 AM

                                  Where chowhounds tread, food critics follow. Nice glowing review of Burmese Cafe by Robert Sietsema of the Voice.

                                  http://villagevoice.com/nyclife/0701,...

                                  Hey Robert, thanks for all the good reviews of restaurants who cater to the 80% of New Yorkers who don't live in Manhattan (and didn't get a 7-figure bonus this Christmas).

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                                    Polecat Dec 29, 2006 12:31 PM

                                    Thanks for the link - once again, a right-on excellent review.
                                    Just a warning to those of you who, like myself, are sensitive to the effects of caffeine. The amazing Tea Leaf Salad kept me up all night. Literally. Not a wink of sleep. Heed the words of Mr. Sietsema:

                                    "By tradition, the tea leaves have been packed in an earthenware jug and buried near a river for a few months, developing an astringent, fermented flavor. Burmese folks consume the salad for dessert as a caffeine-bearing stimulant. It's like eating a double espresso."

                                    That said, I would gladly eat it again. Can't say I've ever felt this good after an all-nighter. But, perhaps, next time, I'll go a little earlier in the day. P.

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                                      welle Jan 8, 2007 04:04 PM

                                      Thanks to Sietsema's review and quite possibly this thread, the place was really busy this past Saturday night - we were quite lucky to snatch last available seats (around 7.30ish) and after us quite a line formed outside. I finally tried their burmese noodle soups (hot&sour and fish) and was a bit disappointed. Pork curry with mango was good as before, as was the tea leaf salad. The place is BYOB, in case no one mentioned (we were informed that they've applied for license, so enjoy while you can!)

                                      On the way back home, we passed by Sriparphai - the line was extraordinary. You'd think they were giving away free food! I don't think I've seen a crowd like that before, wonder if it's the weather put everyone in the mood for thai or too much traditional fare over the holidays made Newyorkers crave some exotic food? I'm that way, whenever travel outside of NY, first thing when I get back - I try to get something ethnic, preferrably spicy and light.

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                                        seneca Jan 9, 2007 12:52 AM

                                        I was in that line waiting for a table!! But at least I was first in line (with 2 friends) and others lined up behind me. We had pork curry, the eel (the 'wet' dish, not the dry one that the review recommended) and the fish cake salad. We thought the eel and salad were fantastic, the pork curry less so (too oily).

                                  2. spchang Dec 29, 2006 05:20 PM

                                    I had a great time there last sunday for lunch, especially the gram fritter salad. However, I wanted to ask people if they have had any good noodle dishes there. We ordered the fried noodle dish off the Chinese menu, but it was just like a normal lo mein. What I'm looking for is something I had at Mandalay in Maryland, I had a great noodle dish, like pad thai with an egg and peanut sauce. Is there any similar or some other noodle dish worth trying?

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                                      jennsch Jan 9, 2007 03:20 AM

                                      I went last Thursday night with friends -- it quickly became one of my favorites in the neighborhood. We had the tea leaf salad (loved the texture), some fritters, fried noodles (it was lo mein but different -- I'm not quite sure what the flavor was but it was good stuff -- not my favorite of the night but definitely good), and, my favorite, the steamed fish curry. The food was all so fresh, had big flavors, and the people who run it are extremely nice. And it was so cheap. Total yum.

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                                        Dave Feldman Jan 10, 2007 06:20 AM

                                        Does B.C. offer Night Market noodles?

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                                          prunefeet Feb 14, 2007 01:57 PM

                                          Could be wrong, but I think that's Malaysian, not Burmese? Correct me please if I'm wrong...

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                                            MOREKASHA Feb 14, 2007 03:19 PM

                                            The long gone and great Road To Mandalay used to have a dish called exactly that, so who knows? I never saw a dish by that name in either Myanmar or Singapore.

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                                              Myatlin Apr 25, 2007 09:36 AM

                                              In Burmese, the "night market noodles" is called the "Hsi gyet kaukswe" roughly translated to "garlic oil noodles". It's a favorite Burmese-Chinese dish. Don't know if they have it in other SEA Chinease communities...

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                                              Pan Feb 14, 2007 09:35 PM

                                              It's Burmese. It's in Burmese cookbooks my mother has, and I've eaten it not only in Road to Mandalay but also East Village Mingala (back when they were solid).

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                                            ladymurasaki Feb 7, 2007 06:39 AM

                                            Wanted to throw in another good word for the Burmese cafe. I also had the tea leaf salad (wonderful texture, unusual flavors, delicious) and have now tried several pork curries, all of which were delicious, beautifully seasoned and of the perfect consistency.

                                            Please go!

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                                              fondey Feb 7, 2007 07:45 AM

                                              I ate a meal there and the flavors are OK but the food is too greasy and not very digestable. Coming from an Indian family from Singapore I often wonder why here in NY people do not expect Indian, Chinese, S. E. Asian food to be well prepared and digestable. Lots of oil, spicesl and chili do not make good Asian food. Too often I see very favorable reviews of restaurants whose food would not cut it in any Asian home with a good cook or garner any following in a hawker center. I have found that the Burmese restaurant in the E. Village on 7th St. btwn second and third aves pretty good and I would regretfully rate it over the one in Queens.

                                              1. Polecat Feb 7, 2007 08:58 AM

                                                "...I often wonder why here in NY people do not expect Indian, Chinese, S. E. Asian food to be well prepared and digestable..."

                                                This is an unfair generalization. Being amongst the people who wrote favorable posts, I am more than willing to defer to people who are more knowledgable about and experienced with Burmese cuisine, that's fine. It would not surprise me if there is far better food to be had in Myanmar, and, perhaps, elsewhere in the U.S. as well. But you seem to be assuming your digestive experience is what will happen to everyone, and, that if that is the case, people in New York will be okay with it. This was not the case with me. I liked the food, and it went down just fine.
                                                P.

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                                                  chowbeth Feb 7, 2007 11:32 PM

                                                  I agree with Polecat. I currently live in Burma and believe me, authentic Burmese food is REALLY oily. But tasty too. Re: the Burma Cafe, a Burmese friend here told me that two Burmese friends of his had tried it already and it was good. So I look forward to trying it when I move back to NYC. Do they have pennywort salad? It's my favourite.
                                                  (For the record, I've tried the Burmese restaurants in Little Italy, East Village and Upper East Side and found them all pretty inauthentic.)

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                                                  ladymurasaki Feb 7, 2007 09:58 AM

                                                  Of course people find these cuisines to be well prepard and digestible . . . otherwise they wouldn't have liked it!

                                                  My meals have gone down just fine too. I found the curries to be amazing in consistency--carefully seasoned and cooked slowly.

                                                  The Burmese "Chinese" food left something to be desired, so I wouldn't order from that menu again. But I thought the curries were as magical as the ones I've had at Sripraphai--but different.

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                                                    Mike V Feb 8, 2007 06:11 AM

                                                    C12 - Steam Fish Curry. This dish was recommended by the waitress last time I visited. I plan to have it next visit. Anyone order it?

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                                                      Brian S Feb 8, 2007 09:16 AM

                                                      I did -- and wrote about it above. I loved it.

                                                  2. Dave_G Feb 8, 2007 04:51 AM

                                                    Here's their menu:

                                                    1. Dave_G Feb 8, 2007 04:58 AM

                                                      trying again - here's their menu:

                                                      ---ok - I'll try again another time - chowhound keeps wanting to trim the images I upload for some reason.

                                                       
                                                       
                                                       
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                                                        Peter Cuce Feb 8, 2007 05:46 AM

                                                        I recommend putting the menus on Flickr and adding a link here.

                                                      2. designerboy01 Feb 8, 2007 11:37 AM

                                                        I had a dinner party there for about 12 people and they were very accomodating. They put out tables together and we bought our own liquor. It was a fun time for all. Everyone enjoyed the dishes especially the Green Tea Leaf salad.

                                                        1. Dave_G Feb 8, 2007 10:09 PM

                                                          OK - once more with the menu:

                                                          http://farm1.static.flickr.com/153/384409957_79bca8cbb0_b.jpg

                                                          http://farm1.static.flickr.com/168/38...

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                                                          1. re: Dave_G
                                                            John Warfin Mar 22, 2007 08:54 PM

                                                            Thanks for the menues, but I can't see whether they include a couple of favorites; if you get back I'd love to hear if they serve (pardon my spellings) balachaung [ground dried shrimp fried with chili and vinegar, tossed with crispy fried garlic and onion as a cold accompaniment] and chin baung kyauk [bitter chin baung leaves sauteed with onions and garlic]. I've got a wife and in-law to surprise if they do....

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                                                              wleatherette Mar 23, 2007 07:40 AM

                                                              they definitely have the dried shrimp, and they have sorrel leaves sauteed with onion and garlic.

                                                              i've been meaning to post about my visit to b.c. for a few weeks now. it was great! to echo the praise of many others, the tea leaf salad was wonderful as were the squash fritters. the latter is one of the most perfectly prepared fried items i've had in recent memory, and the tomato-cilantro-chili sauce served with it was really delicious. our mains were the goat curry (mellow and tender) and the pork with pickled mango curry. i could have eaten several more orders of the pork, no problem. it had such a fantastic flavor, complemented by the chunks of sour fruit. i think we startled the waitress with our voraciousness - when she came by to ask if we were enjoying the meal, we were in the process of spooning the remaining gravy out of the serving dishes and on to our leftover rice. definitely looking forward to returning.

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                                                            foodzot Feb 14, 2007 06:39 PM

                                                            Could this be the SRI of Burmese?

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                                                              The Turtle Bay Dove Feb 15, 2007 05:45 AM

                                                              I had dinner here recently and came away with mixed feelings. I'll definitely be back, because some things we had were delicious, but I also live in the neighborhood. I'm not sure I''ll be telling my friends who don't live nearby to make the trip, unless they particularly are interested in Burmese food. This was my first encounter with Burmese food, so I don't have much to compare it to.

                                                              We had the tea leaf salad. Now that was very interesting and I could see traveling just to taste it. I say that even though I really wasn't in the mood for the funky fermented taste and so barely had a few bites. I imagine I might really like it another evening (I'm the same way with blue cheese - if I'm in the mood, I love it - if I'm not - I can't eat it).

                                                              Probably the best dish we had was a fish noodle soup. Lovely comforting food, yet with depth of interesting flavors. I forgot to ask what the crunchy stuff on top was - it tasted like roasted dried chickpeas but didn't look like like it so perhaps a different legume or a lentil? Or maybe just crushed roasted dried chickpeas?

                                                              We also had the fried Burmese sorrel leaf which was delicious and spicy. We had the pork curry with sour mango: liked the sour mango, but found the curry kind of pedestrian overall. I did like the tea they served, and we brought a bottle of wine which they opened for us and had glasses for. Very sweet service.

                                                              So, yes, we obviously very much enjoyed the meal; we just didn't find it to quite live up some of the excitement its been getting on the boards lately (and I'm someone who thinks the extreme Chowhound love for, say, Sripraphai, or DiFara's, or Kebab Cafe is practically understated!).

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                                                              1. re: The Turtle Bay Dove
                                                                Peter Cuce Feb 15, 2007 06:56 AM

                                                                The nuts are candlenuts, not chickpeas.

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                                                                  jen kalb Feb 15, 2007 07:44 AM

                                                                  They use a lot of roasted chickpeas, whole and ground, in burmese recipes - I think there were some - or maybe some roasted mung - in my salad on Saturday - didnt see any candlenuts, tho.

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                                                                    Peter Cuce Feb 15, 2007 09:02 AM

                                                                    Well, my tea leaf salad had sliced candlenuts in it.

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                                                                      jen kalb Feb 15, 2007 10:29 AM

                                                                      OK. theres a lot going on in that salad - maybe there was someting there I didnt recognize.

                                                              2. Owl Mar 25, 2007 08:48 AM

                                                                Went there for dinner last night with my husband. We ordered the squash fritters, fishcake salad (delicous blend of flavors and not overpoweringly hot!), duck and mustard soup (not particularly flavorful--more of a texture accompaniment--a light broth), and the pork and mango pickle "curry" (the pickled green mango taste like Japanese Ume plums). Everything was delicious and a wonderful balanced mix of tastes. The waitress was a bit overwhelmed but friendly so it didn't matter. The place became full while we were there.

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                                                                  bunnymeal Mar 25, 2007 05:55 PM

                                                                  Does anyone know if they delivery. And if so, how far do they deliver?

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                                                                  Myatlin Apr 25, 2007 09:21 AM

                                                                  I've gone there twice. The first time we went with a bunch of Burmese friends; they had barely opened a couple of weeks and we were't too impressed with the service. The second time we went, again with a bunch of Burmese, they were much better. We ordered Pork with sour bamboo (very good both times), kaukswe (noodles) letthoke, baya kyaw (like falafel) thoke, and boo thee kyaw (calabash fritters). All were good, as you would expect back home. Also ordered Wet Gaung thoke - very good. Service was a little spotty but improving.

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                                                                    thinthukgirl Apr 27, 2007 06:50 PM

                                                                    Been twice now. Their tea leaf salad is a very good version (compared to the two other Burmese places I've been to in my life), and beyond that it seemed like a thing of knowing what to order. I hope it lasts. I think it's a solid addition to the neighborhood.

                                                                  2. Brian S Jun 7, 2007 10:10 AM

                                                                    Someone just wrote a very good essay on Burmese cuisine which discusses dishes available here, such as tea leaf salad, and tells what condiments to put on your food, etc. Worth a look. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/409024

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                                                                      NancyC Jul 5, 2007 01:05 PM

                                                                      Anyone gone recently and know if it's still BYOB?

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                                                                        KateC. Jul 5, 2007 01:21 PM

                                                                        Yes, I was there about a month ago and there was no liquor yet. Very tasty, enjoy. Of the entrees, the plain chicken curry is delicious. Melt in your mouth.

                                                                    2. janethepain Jul 10, 2007 08:17 AM

                                                                      I tried this place for the first time last Friday. Overall impression - some dishes were very good, but most (if not all) suffered from heavy doses of salt.

                                                                      When we came in, most of the tables were occupied, both by what I assume are Burmese locals and other 'gringo' chowhounds. Service was a bit slow, as we had to catch the waiters' attention for water when they were rushing around.

                                                                      The two of us ordered three salads and one curry. First up was the fish cake salad. I really enjoyed this, the flavors were nice and bright (more so than at Sripraphai), with very pronounced salty, spicy, and sour tones. My bf and apparent fish cake afficionado preferred the version of fish cakes at Sripraphai (I know, completely different cuisine, but closest that I can relate to). After about five minutes, the pork ear and tongue salad and the green tea leaf salad arrived. Having read all of the raves of the green tea salad on this board, I was a little underwhelmed. I didn't particularly like the flavor, though it did remind me of another dish I've eaten, possibly homemade Korean, which I couldn't put a finger on. The nuts (or were they beans?) on it were interesting. I liked the pork ear and tongue salad better, I think it had a similar dressing as the fish cake salad, but this was spicier and saltier. Way too salty. There was nothing terribly distinctive about the pieces of ear and tongue, they just tasted porky and were a bit chewier than plain meat.

                                                                      Fish cake salad:http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1295/765980644_66d3f7ad41.jpg?v=0
                                                                      Pork ear and tongue salad: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1327/765117583_1ace79996d.jpg?v=0
                                                                      Green tea leaf salad: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1327/765118345_81639aa3db.jpg?v=0

                                                                      The waiter had recommended the pork curry with sour mango, so we got that. It had about three chunks of pork with a few hunks of mango on the seed swimming in a pool of brown curry and oil. I didn't care for it all that much, and I couldn't really discern the taste of the mango. Here's a photo: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1250/765982992_87a5048976.jpg?v=0

                                                                      I was curious about dessert, so we ordered the Coconut Cake. The ingredients included Cream of Wheat, coconut, poppy seeds, raisins?, and some other stuff. Pretty good, kind of like a baked, tougher bread pudding or flan. http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1263/765983628_c5884bd71a.jpg?v=0

                                                                      Overall, decent place. I've never had Burmese food before so I can't speak to its authenticity, but I didn't get the sense that it had been watered down at all. They really gotta watch the salt though, I was chugging water all throughout. If the photos don't show up, they're on my flickr site: http://flickr.com/photos/janethepain

                                                                      1. bigjeff Oct 10, 2007 07:42 PM

                                                                        just got back from a great meal there; between my friend and I, we had the:

                                                                        + tea leaf salad
                                                                        + goat kidney, heart and liver curry
                                                                        + gram fritters
                                                                        + duck soup
                                                                        + dessert of peanut cake

                                                                        each dish was very different, and each with a unique taste which made for a great mix. the tea leaf salad was great, all sorts of textures and tastes; the duck soup was very good, made with pickled mustard greens and tasting very homestyle, although the duck itself didn't have much flavor; great broth though. the gram fritters were good (ground chickpea, tasting somewhat close to indian fritters, in terms of texture and even the chilis in the fritter); they were out of squash, otherwise I would've gotten those (they served those at the annual burmese chuch thing a few months ago and I fell in love). ask for their chili sauce and you get a little plate of minced cabbage, topped with what looked like sriracha and also sliced chilis; really good. the goat organ curry had a great flavor, but unfortunately, it was almost all liver, which I got sick of, but the curry itself was a deep red and rich flavor; surely the foat curry itself should be much better. I have to say, filipino dinuguan is much better. and the dessert was nice; a burmese pancake flavored with peanut and coconut, quite a generous serving (all their desserts were).

                                                                        the dining room was filled with all non-burmese and what I can only assume were tables of 'hounds, since its not exactly a walk-in neighborhood; at least the entrance was welcoming, as opposed to some of the other places with the dark tinted window, etc. had a very pleasant meal, and extremely inexpensive; there is a wide range of items on the menu so if you went with a table of 4, you could really eat through a lot of different types of food since each entree was relatively small.

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                                                                          ladymurasaki Nov 18, 2007 07:39 AM

                                                                          Went by the cafe last night and saw that it was closed, and a "For Rent" sign hanging. Anyone know if the restaurant is truly gone and, if so, what happened?

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                                                                            bigjeff Nov 19, 2007 08:22 AM

                                                                            http://www.chow.com/topics/459166

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                                                                              Woodside Al Nov 19, 2007 08:39 AM

                                                                              Gone. Never did enough business I guess. They were often pretty empty, and that can be a very competitive environment over there.

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                                                                                James L. Rogan Nov 21, 2007 12:12 PM

                                                                                Interesting. This thread (started last November) lasted longer than the restaurant (which I liked and seemed to be fairly busy whenever I went).

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