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Nov 14, 2013 12:45 AM


I have seen a post or two elsewhere about it, but this place deserves a thread of it's own. I haven't written in a while because there is was not much to write about until tonight. Ever had Burmese? I hadn't until today, but boy is it good, at least from 2671 S. King St. (947-0088), a simple but attractive space only open four days so far. Not quite Thai or Lao or Indian, a cuisine unto itself: light, delicate, fresh. We had the salad with fermented/pickled? tea leaves, romaine, toasted lentils and split peas, tomato, etc. Mixed at the table to preserve the crunch. Palata (sp?), a bread appetizer similar to Chinese green onion pancake without the green onions, was just a little greasy (yum!) and very flaky due to the chef stretching and folding, stretching and folding the dough like mother used to do. Then either the first or second noodle dish (the thick, round, rice noodles) with fried won ton strips, chicken, coconut milk, cilantro, red onion (or shallots?) and delicious spice additions including a perky splash of lemon juice. Marvelous! Then the pork and (unpeeled) kabocha squash in a terrifically light curry sauce. Last, beef in a curry sauce that was Indian and Thai influenced, but with flavors all it's own. Overall, I've not had anything like it, but I'm sure glad I had it tonight.

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  1. Glad you had the chance to experience Burmese food. I once wrote an article about it, explaining that it is like eating Thai, Indian, Chinese and Malaysian food, all at the same time! Plus, I added that the fermented tea leaf salad really pins the "weird meter."

    1. It's nice that there is now a place serving Burmese food here. The only times I have eaten Burmese was at a couple of restaurants in San Francisco. I think Tripeler nails it with the description. It's sort of a mishmash of cuisines, different yet familiar at the same time.

      1. Glad to hear Joebob enjoyed it as much as we did. I'm transplanting my post from another thread for the first visit and then an update from a second (they've only been open 5 days, but we talked friends into joining us so we could try different things)

        First visit:
        "Tea leaf salad was excellent, with crunchy peanuts, fried lentils, and fried garlic mixed in with the tea leaf paste. Unusual and delicious. Also had a Burmese-Indian rice which was flavorful, and with it the beef curry... like an Indonesian Rendang Curry. Beef was not very tender, but the sauce was yummy. Our favorite of all was the noodle dish, much like fettuccini, topped with chicken curry, crunchy won ton strips, onion, cilantro, and slices of hard-boiled egg, then all mixed together into a creamy sauce...great!

        Two of us had 4 dishes which came to $37 with leftovers to take home. Dinner only, closed Tuesday, BYOB."

        Second visit:
        Tried the Ginger Salad, Chicken Noodle Soup, Pumpkin Pork Stew, a different noodle dish (Rangoon?), and the same Burmese-Indian rice we had before (we thought it was Biryani but turned out that it was the B-I...just fancier looking than we expected). Came to $47 for 4, with a little bit of leftovers. The salad, soup, and noodles were the highlights, probably wouldn’t order the pork again as it was tough and the sauce a bit bland. We really like the place...very attractive, and the staff is very friendly and accommodating (they were so happy we were returning after their opening night that they gave us a small complimentary plate of Samusa).

        1. Thank you for the review, Joebob. Sounds like a very interesting place..... will certainly pay a visit soon. Hopefully it is spicy enough for my taste. Leave it up to you to find exceptional place to eat... keep up the good work.

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          1. re: roro808

            Everything we had was mild, but that can be adjusted, and they will understand Indonesian Hot. Sometimes a nose in the air can be useful. Thank you for the praise.

            Parking is difficult. I might park in the Kokua Market lot if I bought something there, but parking is VERY expensive in the lot on the corner of King and University. The Bus might be a better option.

            1. re: Joebob

              They do have a few dedicated parking spots in the first few spaces in the narrow alley between the restaurant and Kokua Market.

              1. re: macaraca

                Thanks for the tip. You don't mean in the Kokua Market lot, do you? Which side of the alley?

                1. re: Joebob

                  Its not in the alley, but in the tiny driveway immediately ewa of the building. Its only 2 or 3 stalls.

                    1. re: Joebob

                      to the apartment building in the back

                        1. re: KaimukiMan

                          What about Puck's Alley parking? Haven't parked there for a long time.. have no idea about parking rate.

                          1. re: KaimukiMan

                            The sign used to say first 8 spaces nearest the street are for the businesses in that building, but the sign is mostly covered up with graffiti...nonetheless, the spaces should be available for diners since Spices has closed, the hair salon closes by 6, and the smoke shop doesn't draw many needing parking. It is awkward getting in and out, but there are usually open spaces.

              2. After a return visit, I agree with N. Kam's 3-star rating of the cuisine. The salad is stellar, the beef curry good, the Rangoon fish curry not so interesting. A noisy place when filled too. But the place was full at 6 Saturday and the waitress and waiter were sprinting most of the time between tables filled with UH professors. THANKS for the precise directions to the parking spaces!

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                1. re: Joebob

                  The tea salad was really delicious... love the mix of crunchy nuts and peas with the tea pesto. Will have to try their beef coconut curry the next time...

                  1. re: roro808

                    The lamb khebat I warmed up today was wonderful. Tender, lean lamb, probably leg, in a delicious sauce with peppers and onions.