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Sandwiched between a kebab shop & a nail parlour, this Burmese café has probably been around longer than both put together. Great prices & something akin to ‘Indian-Chinese fusion cuisine’
have kept the Ally family’s enterprise going since 1994, & their enduringly popular package comes with tiled floors, garish wipe-clean tablecloths & a fridge-come-bar at the back. Dishes
emulate different styles of Burmese cuisine – hence street-corner snacks such as beansprout or calabash fritters, simple lunches of shrimp & potato curry with rice, & a ‘national favourite’
rice & noodle salad are all here. Flavours are hard-hitting but shrewdly balanced, & you can finish with one of the intensely sweet & texturally interesting puddings – perhaps banana
fritters or coconut agar jelly. Tropical juices & green tea are alternatives to the house wine.
I love trying new cuisines, and London has so far introduced me to many, including Eritrean, Vietnamese, Korean and more. Burmese was yet another new discovery, and Mandalay was a wonderful place to have this first experience.I had heard a lot about Mandalay from a variety of different people, yet I didn’t actually visit until December. I recommend making a reservation, as this tiny place only has around 6 tables, and it was full when we got there. We squished into our table and perused the menu, and I immediately wanted to order everything. Luckily, the owner came over and recommended one or two dishes...
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