March 02, 2015
While back in Ottawa, I had the opportunity to dine at a lovely Burmese restaurant named Rangoon. Recommended by both Julia and Atong, I knew this dinner date would go well 🙂
As we stepped inside to escape the chilly weather, we were immediately engulfed by warmth and the smiling face of a lovely lady who ran the restaurant who would later explain that Rangoon was a family run restaurant.
We were having quite an early dinner so had the pick of dining tables. It is overall a small establishment but I imagine it can get quite busy during weekday lunch rushes, especially being near the business district. They also have really well priced lunch specials!
I love restaurants that offer patrons an opportunity to learn a little more about the country and cuisine they will be enjoying.
After 4 years of hearing all about them, Michael finally had the chance to meet two of my best friends, Atong and Julia! Today was also the day I asked both girls to be my bridesmaids and I couldn’t be happier when they accepted! Love these girls!
Dinner is always indulging when you have 4 people who all LOVE food. We decided to go with the Dinner for 4 Combination ($85) which included the following dishes:
- Spring Roll (1 per person)
- Lentil or Coconut Soup
- Tea Leaf or Ginger Salad
- Chicken or Beef Curry
- Steamed Jasmine Rice
- Burmese Tea
And as we were a group of 4, it worked out well because we were able to try each option!
KawPyentKyaw – Burmese vegetable spring rolls. Fresh and crispy with a lovely dipping sauce. A filling very unlike Vietnamese spring rolls which was a nice surprise!
Lentil soup (PaeHinnyae – pureed lentils, celery, carrots) and Coconut soup (Oh NohHnnyae – pureed chickpea flour, ginger, garlic, onion, coconut milk)
Both beautifully presented and comforting in the cold weather. However, perhaps due to my personal tastes, I did find both soups quite bland.
This is the ginger salad (Gin Thoke) with shredded ginger root, cabbage, tomato, roasted garlic, topped with peanuts, peas and sesame seeds. I remember this salad didn’t have the ‘ginger punch’ I was anticipating but still delicious!
This was the dish I was most excited to try, a traditional Burmese appetizer called Green Tea Leaf Salad (LaphetThoke) with fermented tea leaves, lettuce, tomato, tossed with roasted garlic and topped with peanuts, broad beans, peas and sesame seeds. Extremely tasty with a variety of textures and a very unique flavour that I’ve never experienced before!
Moving onto the mains. We tried both the beef curry (AmmethaHinn) and chicken curry (KetthaHinn). For both dishes, the meats were succulent and extremely tender. However, similar to the soups, we found the curries (along with steamed veggies) to be bland and underwhelming. Perhaps we are too used to the powerful flavours of Viet, Thai, Indian curries?
In addition, Julia said we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try BazunKhwekyaw – Crispy Shrimp & Bean Sprout Fritters ($12.95). Very flavourful and went nicely with the veggies, definitely recommend!
An extremely filling meal for a very reasonable price. I’m really glad to have visited the only Burmese restaurant in Ottawa. Overall the food was tasty and coupled with wonderful service. Definitely worth a visit if you have the chance! I normally enjoy stronger flavour profiles, but would look forward to trying some other dishes in the future! I also have to say… you can even do online ordering and delivery!
Can’t wait to see you girls again! ❤