Saturday, September 29, 2012


I was headed to the Upper East Side and I'd never had Burmese food before, so I figured, why not?
The entrance to this storefront "cafe" was so modest that we passed it twice before finding it. The decor, with detailed, hand-painted murals and small Burmese lanterns and other objects, is appealing, but needs a good dusting. The service is attentive even though lunchtime was busy for this little place, with large tables of co-workers and several couples taking up almost all the seats. Our lunches were $6.99 each, which included a serving of soup or salad, the main course, a bowl of rice, and some orange sections to finish the meal.
What looks like meat in this dish, I was told was pure soy (without wheat gluten) but since my friend was happy with that description, he had that dish. 
I'm a bit more cautious (I would have wanted to speak to the chef himself), so I had a dish I could see was gluten-free, since the protein was plain tofu. We had already requested dishes that did not contain wheat noodles or soy sauce. Both our dishes honored those requests. 
What I loved about my vegetable hot-pot (served in a traditional handled clay bowl) was the variety of vegetables it contained: radish, okra, zucchini, eggplant, sweet red pepper, straw mushrooms, broccoli, onion, soybeans and tofu. The broth was spicy and citrusy and delicious! We shared a generous bowl of yellow rice studded with soybeans, included in the lunch price. 

In short: not fancy at all, but if you're on the Upper East Side of Manhattan want an inexpensive gluten-free vegetarian lunch that's not your ordinary fare, this friendly place will hit the spot.

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