Friends took me to Mandalay for a Burmese experience and as always I was excited to try something new. It's a small restaurant located in a strip malls. Ambiance isn't anything worth raving about -- small booths and tables sprawled across two big rooms that were decorated with some local flavor. We had called earlier to make reservations, but, they said they didn't take any. However, there was no wait on a Saturday evening and our party of four got a table immediately. We asked our waiter for recommendations and he was happy to oblige. The food was great and full of flavors.
We ordered the Nyat KaukSwe Gyaw - the flat noodles that were quite similar to the Thai noodles that comes sprinkled with crushed peanuts. However, I loved the sweet and tangy peanut sauce that it was accompanied with. Awesome!
My favorite was however the PaZun MoteNyinChin Gyaw - the Shrimp sautéed with sour mustard, onion, and fresh cilantro... Simply cooked, yet delicious with some rich flavors.
I am not a big fan of the onion-tomato curry, hence, really didn't like the catfish fried that we ordered.
If you are looking for a Burmese experience, Mandalay certainly fits the bill.
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