credit to tonyc for bringing this place to my attention on his sinosoul blog:
NADI MYANMAR CAFE (replacing indo kitchen on 4th in alhambra):
open only 3 weeks - and with maybe 8 tables total, half of them taken with burmese clientele. i consider that a great sign.
with a limited (but expanding) menu:
the LUNCH/DINNER #2 wel kali zar is actually a pork offal dish and was mainly liver and kidney.
as it was billed as a pork intestine dish, i was sorely disappointed and said so when the waiter asked for feedback at the end of our meal. this prompted the chef to come out. during our conversation i mentioned that i’d had a burmese roommate and asked about the lack of chickpea tofu & tea leaf salad.
chickpea tofu is coming to the menu shortly. (i should have told them that they can get garam flour at the burmese supermarket at atlantic & mission $5 for a 5 lb bag; i make chickpea tofu regularly at home at fraction of the price regular tofu costs nowadays). AND the chef told the waiter to make us a complimentary tea leaf salad.
it was a bit spicier than the ones i’ve had in the past, but it was terrific. the chef said they like to eat it over rice as a quick meal. i could see why. it was literally popping with flavor and contrasting textures. if it’s on the menu, order it.
back to the items ordered at lunch:
LUNCH/DINNER #1 beef curry
(which like the pork offal also comes with rice, soup and vegetable)
BREAKFAST #2 ohn no kauk-swe (coconut noodles with chicken) was pretty good.
NADI SPECIAL #2 chicken kyay-oh sichet is at present the most expensive item at $9.99
BREAKFAST #4 nan gyi thoke (white rice noodle salad with chicken) was well received, flavorful without being spicy.
half the place was filled with burmese. i call that a good sign in terms of authenticity. the staff is clearly conscientious and wanting to please. when they find their footing and hit their stride, i expect them to do very well.
go support them.