Diners are growing tired of popular cuisines like Chinese, Italian and the ever so generic European. City gourmands are always looking for new flavours and new experiences which makes this small but charming restaurant that is tucked away in the bylanes of Kalaghoda and Fort so special.
You will find Chinese, Japanese, Thai and even a smattering of Korean dishes across menus that claim to serve Asian meals but it is unlikely you will find a Burmese dish. Not much thought was given to this neighbouring country tillBurma Burma opened its doors and in the last few years amassed a loyal fan following. Despite being a pure vegetarian restaurant even though Burmese food does include a fair bit of meat and fish, the restaurant has managed to give its customers a variety to choose from.
This month-long they are celebrating Burmese New Year or Thingyan with a special menu that is curated and inspired by the festive meals in Burma. The restaurant team embarked on a 10-day adventure to the south and central Myanmar to take inspiration from the countryside and create the 4th edition of their very special Thingyan Menu. Dishes that have been created for this menu are more rustic and involve a fair bit of home-style cooking.
Burmese Village Set
While there is a list of small plates salads and mains the ideal way to indulge in a little of everything would be to try the Burmese Village Set which is almost like a little Thali meal for lack of a better description where you can sample most of the dishes off the menu and perfect to share as an appetizer course between 2 or 3 people. There is a lot of community dining in Myanmar during the 4-5 day celebrations for Thingyan and this is a small ode to that.
The restaurant has a trademark Tea Leaf Salad which has been tweaked with the addition of spicy avocados since they are in season in Myanmar right now and found in most salads.
An interesting dish called Quack Palata which is fermented duck meat in a thin roti which is almost like a Malaysian Murtabak or our very own Baida Roti. Since the restaurant is vegetarian their version served mock meat ( fermented disks of soya bean imported from Burma ) and it is one of their popular dishes on the current festive menu.
999 Noodles is another dish inspired by a great one eaten during their trip. A popular restaurant called Shan Noodle Shop has a signature dish with hand-pulled noodles that the chef has tried to replicate to give guests as true an experience as he has had during his visit.
While the Khao Soi is everyone's favourite, we say skip your usual order and try dishes from this superbly crafted menu. It is available at the restaurant until June 2nd 2019.
Better known as the Tiny Taster, Roxanne is an internationally respected blogger and expert on the Mumbai food scene. She has hosted many events, including the Upper Crust Food & Wine Show and travels the world, sharing her knowledge and gaining more experience.