Very nice Place. I enjoyed a lot with my friends on my friends Birthday party.
Awesome Food. Good service. What i don't like is the extra charges. They charged 7% tax which is high, except the pricing, its a really good place...I enjoyed green tea and Naanpebya.
I recently had the privilege of dining at the country's first purely Burmese restaurant. Right here in Mumbai. Yes sir, that is Burma Burma for you!!
It is situated in the lane ahead of the Kandeel restaurant near Kala Ghoda (If you are coming from Hutatma Chowk). Though the place is barely a fortnight old, it has become extremely popular and it is highly, highly recommended that you have a reservation before you drop in there, as I experienced while I went there for dinner this Sunday.
Ambience: Very tastefully done.. decorated with plenty of elements signifying Burmese culture - the ceiling and walls, the prayer wheels, the dolls and even cutlery.
Service: Impeccable. It was a pleasure to interact with the manager Mr.Colin who gave us such detailed information about the various teas and courteously answered all our questions as regards the place, the name etc. and also helped us with our order for main course. The other staff is enthusiastic too and I appreciate their frankness in admitting things they have less knowledge about instead of beating around the bush. They are still new and there's a lot of learning for many of them. But that is not a worry for the diner as there are plenty of experienced people like Mr. Colin around, to help you understand your food.
Burmese food is heavy on coconut flavours and tanginess, which we experienced with each and every dish that came to our table. We were told that all the ingredients are imported from Burma, which adds to its authenticity. Inspite of being purely vegetarian (with Jain options) and having no alcohol, it is a huge hit even with the carnivore crowd, right from its first week of inception. Here's my food report on the same.
Soups: Samuza Hincho - These are small samosa pieces thrown into a fiery red soup which was complete with vegetables and spices. Also tried another Black Sesame chick pea soup which again was heavy on spices and was served with a bowl of chopped tofu pieces. Reminded me of the dal soup our mothers usually make when we are down with a cold or fever. Both were very nice but my winner in the soup category was the Samuza Hincho!
Salad - The salads seemed interesting and they did suggest us to try them. However, I wasn't in the mood for it that day and decided to save it for another time.
Starters - Tried the Burmese Naan with Creamy Pea which were 4 pieces of crispy naan served with a portion of chickpeas cooked in spices and coconut milk. It had a slightly sweet flavour to it which went really well with the Naan. Absolutely loved the simplicity of this one.
Stir fries - The mushroom lover in me decided to go for Mo Hin which was made of juicy Mushrooms and other vegetables, stir fried which was decent.
Main course - One look at the menu page on noodles and it was decided that it had to be the interesting sounding 'Burma Burma Oh No Khow Suey' which was also a chef recommendation. Fabulous again. There was a tray of condiments (chopped spring onion and coriander, powdered peanuts, lemon pieces, fried onion and garlic) served along with it which could be added to the Khow suey as per taste. There's plenty of coconut based gravy in this one which could be actually had by itself or with a portion of plain rice (again Colin's suggestion). However, we decided to go for something new in rice, to which Colin suggested the Coconut Rice with Peanut Chutney which was again love at first bite. Who knew that a bowl of simple sticky rice with a layer of beautifully made peanut chutney on the top could define Delight?
Dessert - we were confused between the Falooda and the Salted Caramel pastry. We decided on the latter which I found just about ok. I realised that I should have gone for the more traditional option.
Beverage - The menu has a detailed 3-4 page menu and we regretted not starting our meal with one. They have more than 20 varieties of tea which I got totally hooked on to. We finally tried a pot of Royal Myanmar pot tea which was served to us in kulhads and with it we were given some sunflower seeds to munch on. Lovely. Cant wait to give a shot at the other tea options!
An hearty authentic meal like this one came to around Rs.700-800 per head. In a city like Mumbai, which generally favors spicy Chinese and cheesy Italian food, it is heartening to see a restaurant bold enough to explore vegetarian Burmese cuisine beyond the standard Khow Suey!