Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Burma Lane

118 Little Collins Street
3000 VIC

Having both enjoyed visits to at least one of the Red Spice Road sisters restaurants, we were both looking forward to our meal at Burma Lane, prior to a comedy festival gig. The signage on Little Collins street is fairly inconspicuous until you are right outside.

Inside the fit out is fairly modern, including a street art mural portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi which was right above our table. I don't recall ever eating Burmese food before and haven't visited the country so didn't know quite what to expect, other than assuming the cuisine would be influenced by it's neighbours including India and Thailand. Our early booking meant we could go for the pre-theatre banquet which included an entrée and three mains to share for $29 each.

The entrée was corn fritters with a sticky chilli sauce and mint, which was similar to a dish I'd had previously at a sibling outlet.

The Barramundi salad with kale, ginger, peanut and sesame was an unusual combination of flavours which didn't quite hit the spot for us. It felt like it was missing some citrous to lift it.

The shan khaut swe-noodles contained simmered pork, peanuts, chillies and snow pea tendrills. The meat and sauce seemed familiar and initially I couldn't figure out why, then I realised it reminded me of tinned spag bol! 

The village boys spicy chicken curry with choko and lemongrass was a more straight forward dish that lived up to its billing. Unfortunately some of the chicken was on the dry side.

There were a few other diners around at this early time in the evening but it certainly wasn't busy. The staff were almost over attentive, with my water being refilled 4 or 5 times in our 50 minute stay. The bill came to $90 including a beer and couple of glasses of wine. In the end our fairly high expectations weren't quite met.

Burma Lane Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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