In a line: The first Burmese-cuisine restaurant opens up in Saket.
Price for two: Rs. 1500(approx)
Location: Select Citywalk, Saket
Must haves: Nutella/Oreo bubble tea, samosa soup, crunchy tofu bun, tohu mash with paratha
As a non-vegetarian, I’ll have to admit that it isn’t the easiest task to dine at a pure-vegetarian restaurant for a wholesome meal. I mean, no offence, but there isn’t much left to experiment with paneer or soya or vegetables. The dish is a variation of either of these ingredients and to a non-vegetarian, it isn’t the sight that one could admire for long.
This holds true for me and for most of the non-vegetarians out there. But having said that, if there is one place, that I could happily visit, knowing that it serves nothing but pure vegetarian food, in the best of ways possible, then it has to be Burma Burma.
A restaurant, the success of which can be testified by the long queues of people standing outside waiting for a table, Burma Burma, after pleasing its patrons in Gurgaon, has opened up its doors for Delhi-ites in Select Citywalk, Saket.
Irrespective of you knowing about Burmese food or not, the place would leave no stone unturned to please your palate, with food so good, that you’d want to come back to, again and again. And there are a few dishes that I myself go back for, and you should give them a try yourself too.
Commence your meal with the unusual samosa soup, that actually has an entire samosa in a tomato-y soup with cabbage, carrot and black gram or with the pungent and tangy roselle leaves soup that has an undertone of garlic and soy. In salads, go in for the trio of salad or thoke sampler, in which you’ll get to taste the raw mango salad, sunflower leaves and crispy wheat flakes salad and of course, the thoke salad or green tea salad.
While you nibble on to the paprika and curry leaves tossed crispy lotus stem crisps, don’t forget to order the pan-fried rice dumplings that are open dumplings topped with tangy papaya salad and served with a spicy red chilli sauce. The crunchy tofu bun happens to be a favourite and consists of deep-fried tofu cubes topped with coconut mayo, sandwiched in a bun topped with sesame seeds. The piece de resistance has to be the Tuhu Mash with Paratha. Tuhu or burmese tofu is cooked with onions and tomatoes and resembles like yellow urad dal and the paratha is very similar to the malabari parantha that we have. The combination of the mash with the crispy and flaky parantha makes it a dish that I’d recommend everyone to try at least once.
Khow suey i.e. the only Burmese dish that most of us would know about, is also a dish, that Burma Burma does with sheer brilliance. The dry khow suey has dry flat rice noodles with roasted gram flour, paprika and onions. It comes with the same condiments as any other khow suey, and is a great departure from the coconut soup-based khow sueys that we get everywhere.
The two-page long dessert menu is nothing less than a pure delight to satiate our sweet tooth. Divided into two, Burmese and International, the menu caters to both palates. While the avocado and honey ice cream would be a great pick from the Burmese menu, the Kachin rainforest should be the go-to dessert for every chocoholic. Dark chocolate mousse served atop a bed of chocolate soil, pomegranate seeds, muddled fresh raspberries, topped with raspberry pearls, this dessert pairs well with the Nutella bubble tea, and can be the perfect conclusion to a toothsome meal.
Confession- Since I haven’t had Burmese food anywhere else, I might not be able to comment on the authenticity of the dishes served, but it is a treat nevertheless, for vegetarians of course and even for non-vegetarians, who wouldn’t end up regretting a bit while visiting Burma Burma.
Value for money: 4.5/5