great noodle dish. I've walked by this restaurant many times on my way to and from the Legion of Honor which is just up the hill from this restaurant. For some reason the exterior of the building while distinctive (color-wise) didn't lure me in. But I made a mental note of the place because I like Burmese food. I finally stopped there after a recent visit to the museum. They have a Thai and Burmese menu. I love Thai food, but Thai restaurants are everywhere. I was definitely there for the Burmese menu. I only had one dish, so I can only comment on that. It was a coconut chicken curry noodle dish. Yum! If the other food is as good, I know I'll be back often. The noodles were like spaghetti noodles. The sauce was a light creamy color , not the bright yellow one usually associates with curry. Along with chicken, there were coconut bits and fried wonton skin bits which gave it a nice texture. Different and satisfying. I loved every bite. I had Burmese tea with it. It's a little like Indian masala chai, but a little weaker and already sweetened (but not too sweet). It went well with the food.
Another Burmese restaurant for the Inner Richmond.. Burma, the country nuzzled up to Thailand's west side, has a population of around 50 million--nearly as many people as seem to pass through Inner Richmond fave Burma Superstar on a busy Saturday night. It was a smart move then for a little Thai/Burmese restaurant named Pagan to open a second Burmese-only location (with ample outdoor signage saying as much) just a few blocks down from this popular neighborhood place. This welcoming, friendly spot is minimally decorated with traditional kitsch, making lots of space for the simple wood tables that fill quickly with local families and visiting dates. The dishes are a mix of those anyone familiar with Burmese food would expect--samusa soup, kebat, tea leaf salad--and some more unexpected choices like curried catfish, chicken dahl and pan fried okra that borrow tastes from both Thailand and India. Surprising and delicious, the food is worth a Burma Superstar-like wait, but made better by the fact that milling around for 45 minutes isn't required.
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