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While you can easily find Chinese, Thai or Japanese restaurants, this is the one that is dedicated to Burmese food. Tucked away in one of the bylanes of Kala Ghoda the restaurant is a beautiful space with dark wooden furniture, brightly coloured umbrellas forming a canopy on the ceiling and small Burmese artefacts to decorate the space. The catch here is that the entire menu is vegetarian and dishes can even be made Jain on request. Popular dishes include their 'Khow Suey', a meal without it seems almost incomplete here, 'Samosa Soup' and the 'Steamed Buns'. If you are a tea connoisseur then you will enjoy their extensive collection.
Though Burma is a neighbouring country its cuisine is still untapped in India. You will not find any restaurants dedicated to this wonderful cuisine but Mumbai has manged to steal the thunder with its only Burmese restaurant by the name of ‘Burma Burma’. This enchanting little place is unique in every sense of the word. Located at Fort, South Mumbai, the restaurant is one of its kind focusing entirely on Burmese culture. The décor is absolutely adorable reflecting the nuance of Burmese culture in every facet of the room. Rustic beauty of the room is uplifted by the colourful pieces of art belonging to the country. Colourful umbrellas hangs from the ceiling and a whole wall is dedicated to the charming pottery pieces. Open kitchen at one end is flanked by the high chairs to encourage lone diners to enjoy the chef’s skills up close. The whole atmosphere of the restaurant is warm and beckoning.
Though the Burmese cuisine leans heavily on the carnivorous side Burma Burma is one hundred percent vegetarian. How they achieve that is just short of miraculous considering their food. The restaurant owes its popularity to the awesome food and charming décor but it’s more than that. They have managed to capture the essence of the Burmese culture and unveiled it in South Mumbai. Colourful food comes you wrapped delicately in banana leaves and often is paired with traditional Burmese tea. As an amuse bouche sip on their samuzahincho soup or kaffir lime cooler mocktail. The wonderfully fresh flavours will create havoc on your tongue. For starters move onto budhikyaw bottle gourd fries, mopisalai rice dumplings, mandalaylaphetthoke, samosa soup, tohu with exotic vegetables, naan pebaya, khowsuey, steamed rice puffs with mushroom filling and corn fritters.
The mains are as delectable as the starters. Order, mohin (stir fry mushroom & street noodles), mandalaymeeshay, sticky rice with tofu curry and eggplant & tofu puree and you will not be disappointed. Wash it all down with Burma Burma’s sensational regional teas with flavours like lavender and lemongrass. The refreshing coolers serves as good option too. To conclude this fantastic Burmese journey sample their Burmese falooda and coconut custard. Coconut milk is their primary ingredient in cooking so be prepared for that. Not exceedingly pricey Burma Burma is a delightful venture that charms you and calms you like Buddha prayer wheels greeting you at the door.