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Sep 29, 2013 03:22 PM

Burmese in Boston?

I was recently in the San Francisco area and had Burmese food for the first time, and fell in love. Are there any Burmese restaurants in the Boston area?

A google search suggests that Yoma in Allston is Burmese? But possibly it went vegan recently? True? False? Still serving meat? Any good?


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  1. YoMa is the only Burmese restaurant in the Boston area. They were closed for about a month this past summer, and when they reopened some Boston hounds reported that they had gone vegetarian - and sadly downhill:

    However, two weeks later another poster ate there and reported that they had plenty of meat dishes:

    Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to get there to see for myself how things are.

    MC Slim JB reports that the Chiang Mai dishes on the specials menu at Thai North in Brighton are somewhat reminiscent of Burmese dishes:

    1. I posted about my most recent visit to YoMa at Short form is it's now more like Burmese Lite, arguably better than no Burmese at all but I think you'll find it disappointing compared to the offerings in SF.

      They're not currently vegan but have scaled back the proteins to tofu, chicken and shrimp. They've also scaled back the seasonings, at least to my taste. I suspect they're having financial trouble and are trying to reach a different market.

      I'll second the rec for the special Chiang Mai dishes at Thai North as hitting some of the same flavor notes.

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      1. re: T.B.

        Thanks. I guess I'll just have to go back to San Francisco (woe is me).

        1. re: Calpurnia76

          Yeah, even at its best, Yoma could not compare to SF Burmese restaurants...

          1. re: Trumpetguy

            Well, the Bay area has one of the four biggest Burmese communities in the USA. Boston's community is comparatively tiny.

            And even though NYC also has one of the biggest Burmese communities, Yoma in its heyday was worlds better than the sad, sad Burmese restaurant I ate at in NYC some years ago.

            1. re: Allstonian

              And quite a few Burmese restaurants in SF Bay Area consequently :)

          2. re: Calpurnia76

            Or you could go to Myanmar in DC. A completely unassuming place but everything I've had there over many visits has been consistently excellent, with one lonely exception we had tonight: tofu with a plain and watery tomato; stay away from it and order the crispy tofu with tomato sauce, which has a very richly flavored and reduced sauce. Pictures of a few dishes and all the menus below. (Friend me if you can't see this, I have no idea how FB photo albums work now.)