Perhaps the oldest Burmese restaurant in San Francisco, this lovely spot has an air of faded elegance to it. The food is assertive without being ... More
Perhaps the oldest Burmese restaurant in San Francisco, this lovely spot has an air of faded elegance to it. The food is assertive without being overpowering and any of the dishes you order can be prepared hot and spicy or salt-free by request. For something unique, try the Lap Pat Dok , a salad prepared with Burmese tea leaves, or Moo Hing Nga , a Burmese-style fish chowder. The menu offers some Chinese delicacies as well, but they are unremarkable. Lunch specials are affordable and filling. The service is pleasant and efficient.
I ordered a noodle dish, salad, and tea. The tea cost $4.50 and was weak. I told the waitress it was weak and she smiled. The salad contained roasted lentils but they weren't cooked first and I was ill for two days. I told the waitress that the salad was oily and strange and she smiled again. I got the bill for $24. I will never go back.
I've been here a couple of times and the food is always flavorful and fresh. Try the samosa appetizers. Also, the service is really attentive and good. A great all around restaurant with lots of different types of flavors.
I love this place. As a foodie, I'm use to paying a lot for wonderful meals. But with Mandalay, you get the great taste w/o breaking the bank. Many people like to compare this joint to Burma Super Star just blocks away. They are both good, but Mandalay is my favorite of the two. Don't miss the rich coconut rice and garlic string beans.
When a friend suggested Burmese food, I had no idea what to expect. Turns out at Mandalay it tastes like a cross-section of Indian, Thai, and Chinese. Every review of Mandalay tells you to try the tea-leaf salad, which is not your typical lettuce-based salad but is a combination of ingredients that are mixed at your table. Those ingredients are dried shrimp, soy nuts, garlic, tea leaves, etc. The one Asian-American person in our group liked it and said she was familiar with the flavors, but the other 3 of us thought it might be an acquired taste (though we did all clean our plates). Try it for yourself -- it's definitely interesting. We also had (and recommend) the mango chicken, rangoon beef and special mandalay noodles (which are also tossed at your table). We asked for most dishes less spicy, and they accomodated us. Finally, for dessert we had fried bananas (which we decided were either plantains or unripe bananas) and paluda ice cream (which turned out to have everything but the kitchen sink in it -- tapioca, ice cream, custard, jello, etc). Service was attentive. This is definitely the type of restaurant you go to for the food rather than the atmosphere. I'd recommend going with 4 or more people so you can try lots of different things. The prices are pretty cheap -- our bill was $22/person including tip, and the 4 of us shared 1 salad, 4 entrees, 2 desserts, and 4 drinks.