Pagan Burmese Moving/Branching Out to inner Richmond
- Xiao Yang May 4, 2009 10:28 PM
Snooping around Clement St. yesterday I noticed that the former Eva's Hawaiian Restaurant at 731 Clement was closed and undergoing remodeling. An ABC permit application identified the owners as "Pagan 1 Restaurant" with the same responsibles as Pagan Restaurant on outer Clement. The County Clerk's offfice has the address now registered as "Pagan Burmese Restaurant" as well. Wondering if this is a relocation or a new branch of Pagan.
Sad to see Eva's gone. I'll have to find another easy Hawaiian I like. Relied on the chicken katsu. Sign says that Eva's is still catering, though..
There is another mention of this here on Chowhound, or maybe Tablehopper. It is a new location, not a move I believe.
re: Melanie Wong
Bumping this up to note that the inner Richmond Pagan now offers a $9.95 all you can eat lunch buffet (not sure which days this is offered, but Tuesday is one of them because I tried it today). The buffet includes both Burmese and Thai dishes but, as might be expected from not being made to order, is not quite as good as the one dish I ordered from the menu on my last visit. Dishes I remember from today:
Tea leaf salad (made with romaine lettuce)
Battered and fried squash, tofu, and one other thing I can't remember...maybe eggplant?
Burmese vegetable curry
Spicy Pork Curry
Tom Yum soup (no shrimp, mainly just broth with a little tomato)
Green Papaya salad (vegetarian, no dried shrimp or other seafood)
Yellow Curry with Chicken
re: Melanie Wong
I swear I had reported on it, but somehow I can't find my post now. We have gone at least three times over the months to the Clement street location, and have found it to be very comparable to the original location. Unfortunately for them I don't think the market is there for a dedicated Burmese restaurant as large as their place on Clement, so I hope by adding the Thai dishes they can bring in more people. When we've gone, we've never had to wait for a table and the tables are not crowded in. I worry that they don't get enough business.
Part of their problem might be that Clement street really shuts down after 8 PM, but that should be prime dining time for westerners and non-Chinese.
I never felt like the Burmese items at the original location suffered for sharing a menu with Thai dishes, because the menu makes a clear distinction and if you order all or mostly Burmese classics, they prepare them with a Burmese sensibility.
I don't remember getting sour vegetable at the original, but it's something we always order at the Clement street branch. If memory serves, I give it the edge for my personal taste bud preferences over Larkin Express' version.