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“Crowded, loud, and worth the hassle”
Review of Rangoon Ruby

Rangoon Ruby
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Ranked #10 of 357 Restaurants in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Burmese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: University
Transit: 5 minutes walk from the CalTrain station in Palo Alto.
Description: Now open in downtown Palo Alto, Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine will have two Wins insuring authentic, Burmese cuisine. Chefs Win Aye and Win Tin formerly of Burma Superstars locations in Oakland and Alameda respectively, will jointly be heading up the kitchen at the new Rangoon Ruby venue. With proven chefs proficient in all of the specialties that make Burmese cuisine sought after by Asian food aficionados, plus a modern, upscale ambiance located in downtown Palo Alto, Rangoon Ruby Burmese Cuisine expects to strike a chord with Silicon Valley diners looking for a fresh, clean approach to one of the worlds great cuisines. Influenced by Indian, Thai and Chinese cooking, the traditional Burmese menu will be complemented by a full bar with signature tropical cocktails including the eponymous Rangoon Ruby, a mid-century libation thought to be the forerunner of todays Cosmopolitan.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Crowded, loud, and worth the hassle”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

The Tea Leaf Salad is worth the hype. It was excellent and worth every penny of the $14 price tag. The Lemon Grass Chicken was mediocre.. not flavorful enough and a bit too saucy. The coconut rice was amazing. The restaurant is loud, always crowded, and definitely a scene. It's so loud inside it's hard to have a conversation. If possible, I recommend sitting in the few outside tables. I would definitely recommend a reservation, unless you get there really early or very late. They won't guarantee specific tables, but you can put in a request.

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San Mateo, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Always dependable”
Reviewed July 24, 2014

Great value for the money. No matter what you get, and sharing plates is the way to go, get the coconut rice! They have a sister restaurant in San Carlos for those of you north of P Alto.

Visited July 2014
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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Phenomenal Service & Good Food”
Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

Service was top notch all the way. The food was also pretty good, certainly hit the spot. The Tea Leaf salad is not to be missed. The lemongrass chicken was pretty good, as was the curry we had. A yummy treat.

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Silicon Valley
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Good food (not great). Upscale decor (less than classy service).”
Reviewed July 16, 2014

We are huge fans and regular diners of Burmese cuisine. Went last night (Tuesday) with friends for an early dinner. Arrived at 5:30, and right from the get-go the host seemed a bit put-out we dared to arrive without reservations. Anyway, we got seated and the server was quite pushy for us to order and repeatedly came by to move us along throughout our meal. It was a good while before the place pretty much filled up. As others have said, it's noisy, tightly packed, white table clothed, and pricey. Surely the high rent in P.A. adds to their expense. But, the food isn't as great as one can get at other Bay Area places. After this our 3rd visit, we won't likely be back. We will stick to other busy, but cozy and relaxed locales, like Kyusu in SJ, Burma Superstar (SF, Oakland) and The Refined Palate in Orinda.

  • Visited July 2014
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San Jose, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Too Noisy, Overpriced, but decent food.”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

Good food, but way too noisy and tables are way too close to each other. Corkage at $25 for a restaurant of this caliber is a definite turn off. Tea leaf salad is way over rated and salty. The mango salad is a far better option with more suttle flavors. The palata is basically an Indian paratha with a coconut chicken curry, that is a tease more than a curry dish that you can enjoy with the palata & it's not cheap at $11. The restaurant needs to revisit the qty of curry they give with the palata. Catfish lacked the flavors, but garlic eggplant was flavorful.
Fried banana dessert was as good as it can get. Two thumbs up to the servers. For the above we paid a bill of $150 just so you have some idea about the prices. Since there are so many good reviews, i would recommend that you try and decide. Cheers.

  • Visited July 2014
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